Sledge Hammer

5/5 (13 reviews)
Yucca Valley, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 05/09/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

If you want insanely hard, then the Hammer Trails are for you. Sledge Hammer is the southernmost trail of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, California. This extreme 4x4 trail is a collection of large boulders, massive ledges, towering waterfalls, vertical climbs, and spots you just have to drag through. This trail is going to make you work for it if you are wanting to complete it. Once on this trail, it is clear why this is one of the hardest trails in the country and why it makes the cut for one of the hardest parts of the King Of The Hammers race. If you think you have what it takes to do this run, have a rig that is built for the extreme, and have plenty of off-roading experience, then this is for you!

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Like Jack Hammer, the trail consists of waterfalls, massive rocks, and areas where you have to set up for following obstacles. This trail is for the adrenaline junkies and the people that want to do the extreme. Sledge Hammer will likely leave its mark on even the most built rigs with the most experienced drivers. Planning, spotting, and patience will be required to complete the trail. For a trail like this, it is never-ending major obstacles that are just feet away from each other. There are no breaks or rest spots on this trail. Once you are in the rocks, it is like that to the mailbox at the top. This guide covers what we feel are some of the most important obstacles to plan for, but note, even the obstacles on this trail that might not be as hard could easily roll a vehicle over or break someone. Planning is important, and spotting is critical. This trail is only for the highly experienced to extreme drivers with a well-built rig and strong roll cages. Do not attempt this trail alone, and do not attempt this trail unless you have recovery gear, spare parts, and a group of at least 3 vehicles.
Flash floods can happen in this canyon. Never enter if rain is in the area.

Trail Reviews

5/5 (14 reviews)
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
90800
Status: Open
Visited: 05/09/2022

The trail should be open now.
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
90800
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 04/29/2022

Closed for military drills from april 29 to May 9th 2022
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 12/02/2021
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
90800
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/29/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

A rock has fallen just past plaque run. The trail is getting a bump in rating till that area is filled in.
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
90800
Status: Open
Visited: 11/01/2021

The military closure is now over. The next ones are • April 26 - May 9, 2022 • October 18 - November 1, 2022

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