Lucerne, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 05/09/2022
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: Aftershock
Aftershock is fun but difficult rock crawling trail. The trail is not as hard as the Hammers but harder then almost anything else most have tried. The trail is a narrow canyon with lots of water falls, giant boulders, and some soft sand to mix things up. Be ready for some body damage and breakage because like most of the other Johnson Valley trails, this one isn't forgiving.


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1. Southern Trailhead (0 mi)
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Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lucerne Valley, CA

To get to this part of Johnson Valley from Lucerne, take Old Women Springs Road (Highway 247) East for 24.5 miles. Turn North at the Johnson Valley Sign (Boone Road). Follow this road roughly 4 miles to the dry lake bed (Means Dry Lake Trail is North East of Means Dry Lake. The trail is on the North Side of Johnson Valley behind Big Johnson and behind Claw Hammer. The easiest route to the trail is continue past Claw Hammer and take the wash around the mountains to the right. This will turn into a difficult trail that drops down the canyon. Aftershock is on the left side at the bottom. Southern Trail Head 34.421622, -116.435281 Northern Trial Head 34.429409, -116.438324



Land Use Issues

The US Government has come to an agreement with the Off-Roaders that use the area, and we will be sharing areas of the land in Johnson Valley with the US Military. During these times which are unknown, civilians will not be allowed in the area. There is no set schedule yet of when it will be closing and reopening. This is a growing concern for many people that enjoy the area for the fear that they will permanently close this area after the first time they use this area for Military training.

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Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
For individual use only, not to be shared.