Sand Hill - Johnson Valley

Lucerne, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 05/09/2022
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 0.52 miles
Highest Elevation: 3200 feet
Duration: About 5 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Lucerne
Nearest Town w/ Services: Lucerne
Official Road Name: Sand Hill
Management Agency: BLM
District: Barstow Field Office


Highlight: Sand Hill - Johnson Valley
Just north of the famous King of the Hammers base camp is a not so secret play area. This large sand hill is a common go-to when wanting to get out and open up your vehicle. Since the base of this sand hill is very narrow, most people can't get the running space required to make it up. But once on top, you have a clear view of Johnson Valley. It is common for people to gather on top and enjoy the entertainment.


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1. Entrance to Sand Area (0 mi)
When traveling from the dry lake, this is the easiest way to the sand area.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lacurne 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 against the hills.



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.