Tack Hammer

Lucerne, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 05/09/2022
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 0.74 miles
Highest Elevation: 3000 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Lucerne
Nearest Town w/ Services: Lucerne
Official Road Name: Tack Hammer
Management Agency: BLM
District: Barstow Field Office


Highlight: Tack Hammer
Tack Hammer is a fun but short 4x4 trail that is a great way to warm up the tires when on your way to The Hammers. The trail is on the lower levels of hard off-road trails with lots of loose sand and large rocks making it perfect for most 4x4 and off-road enthusiasts. The trail starts getting fun as it gets away from the sand and between the two hills. But don't let its short stature fool you, this trail can easily do body damage if you are not paying attention. Thus the next time you are in Johnson Valley OHV Area California, and you are looking to do a warm up rock crawling, check out Tack Hammer.


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Outside of Tack Hammer and along Road To The Hammers is this mini sluice of fun. Known for being a headache, this spot is a blast to hang out with friends and see who can make it. This little sluice box carves its way up this small canyon. Full of dry waterfalls, tight corners, off-camber spots, and several slick steps, going up this trail can be a lot of fun or a lot of head ache.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lacurne Valley, CA

To get to the trail, you first need to get to Means Dry Lake which is at the end of Boone Road. Then take Road To The Hammers almost all the way to the end and the drop is almost 1.1 miles up the trail. ***To get to Boone Road from Lucerne Valley*** Take 247 east roughly 24 miles. You will see a Johnson Valley sign on the right side of the road and the white lines will be broken on the left side of the road where the dirt road starts. ***To get to Boone Road from Yucca Valley*** From Highway 62 and 247, take the 247 north / west for roughly 20 miles. The turnoff for Boone Road is on the right just after the highway curves to the left.



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.