Claw Hammer

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5/5 (18 reviews)
Lucerne, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 02/16/2024
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A true legend of the off-roading world, and often called the easier of the three Hammer Trails. Claw Hammer, located in Johnson Valley in Southern California, home of King of the Hammers, offers a difficult to severe-rated rock crawling trail in a short but exciting package. Be ready for lots of technical obstacles with cringe-worthy waterfalls, mountainous rocks, and boulders that just don't seem to offer a way around. The risk of doing body damage is high, along with vehicle failure. According to how experienced your group is, you can get through this trail in as short as 45 minutes. But the average group takes about 4 hours. Whether you are a Jeep person, Toyota junky, or a buggy driver, when looking for a truly epic offroad trail that makes most people's top 5 lists, check out Claw Hammer.

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5/5 (19)
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139050
Temporary Closure
Visited: 02/15/2024

A majority of Johnson Valley is closed for military training from Feb 15 to 27th 2024. Please plan your trips around this time.
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139050
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/27/2023

Did the Turkey Run Rookie Run this year and led a group up Claw Hammer. Overall, I think the group loved it. The trail hasn't changed much at all after the rains, at least in difficulty. But the rocks did move around. Overall, most people made it, some cheaper sliders did not hold up, and unfortunately, one of the guys got a quarter pannel in an awkward spot.
Trail Review: Claw Hammer - Josh Noesser
Trail Review: Claw Hammer - Josh Noesser
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Visited: 05/09/2022

The trail should be open now.
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Visited: 04/29/2022

Closed for military drills from april 29 to May 9th 2022
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran the trail with 4 rigs. All on 37s plus. Lockers front and rear. 3 JLU and a 99 4runner with a bronco front axle swap Fun trail!
Trail Review: Claw Hammer - George Karpouzis

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