Hercules' Highway

Lucerne Valley, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 05/18/2019
4.8 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.69 miles
Highest Elevation: 3993 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Lucerne Valley
Nearest Town w/ Services: Lucerne Valley
Official Road Name: Hercules Highway
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Barstow Field Office


Highlight: Hercules' Highway
On the southern flank of the Ord Mountains there is a spectacular granite boulder outcrop containing some awesome sites to explore. This scenic trail will pass by a giant granite pinnacle known as "Hercules' Finger" and a huge balanced rock known as "Hercules' Brain" - both namesakes for Hercules' Highway. As the trail meanders along from one sight to another you will be treated with numerous challenges to test your driving skills.


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1. Trailhead - Turn West (0 mi)
At the top of the hill the trail will split off BLM OM 6600 to the west - head west on the trail towards Hercues' Brain.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lucerne Valley

From downtown Lucerne Valley - head east on Hwy 247 Old Women Spring Road for about 6 miles to Camp Rock Road. Continue straight on Harrod Road for about 4.5 miles to OM660 - Powerline Road and turn right / east. Follow OM6600 for about 3.5 miles to the Hercules Highway Trailhead. Hercules Brain and Hercules Finger will be visible to the west.


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Trail Reviews (7)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Would a Ford Raptor be okay to take on this trail?
–Bryan Hadley (12/01/2018)
–Ben Stone (12/02/2018)
–Ben Stone (12/02/2018)

Writer Information

G. Martin

Mapping Crew - California

G. Martin, gm4x4 on Youtube , is a California native, born and raised in northern California and now living and wheeling in southern California. He enjoys exploring new trails and setting up camp in the remote outdoors. You may come across him in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the mountains of Big Bear, in the central Sierras near Shaver Lake or any other dirty, rocky road in the southwest.
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