Hammer Down Trail - Cougar Buttes

5/5 (13 reviews)
Lucerne Valley, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 01/18/2022
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Cougar Buttes, in the Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area, is home to a number of rock crawling trails, but none quite like this three-quarter mile stretch. Hammer Down is a serious 4x4 trail that is likely to break, bend, dent and possibly roll your rig. From Gate Keeper to Gate Keeper, the rock obstacles here are continuous. It's hard to tell where Hammer Down obstacles end and the next starts. Boulder, after boulder, after waterfall, after hard rock notches, after boulder, this trail will keep you in low range, with your head out the window watching your tire placement.

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (13 reviews)
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
99850
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/18/2022

Ran this trail really quick while in the area. A lot of fun.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Had fun on Hammer Down. A short challenging trail.
G. Martin
Official Crew
64800
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/30/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Hammer Down in a Geo 😉
Trail Review: Hammer Down Trail - Cougar Buttes - G. Martin
Trail Review: Hammer Down Trail - Cougar Buttes - G. Martin
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G. Martin
Official Crew
64800
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/10/2021

Good times on this trail, as usual.
Status: Open
Visited: 01/16/2021

Difficult trail. Went through it with no spotter, had to get out of vehicle a couple times to find best lines.

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