Hammer Down Trail - Cougar Buttes

Lucerne Valley, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 02/10/2021
5 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 0.7 miles
Highest Elevation: 3516 feet
Duration: About 3 hours, 1 minute
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Lucerne Valley
Nearest Town w/ Services: Lucerne Valley
Official Road Name: Hammer Down Trail
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Barstow Field Office
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Highlights

Highlight: Hammer Down Trail - Cougar Buttes
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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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. The Block (0 mi)
This evenly shaped, rectangular rock bench sitting next to a fire pit makes a good marker for the Hammer Down Trailhead

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.484068, -116.822813

Starting Point: Lucerne Valley

From Lucerne Valley, head east on 247. Turn left onto Camp Rock Road. Cougar Buttes is on the east side of the road. Turn right onto Astral Road/Cambria Road. Continue straight onto Astral Road. Continue onto Solar Road. Continue on Granite Road and cut south @ ~34.485615, -116.823531

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Trail Reviews (10)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Good times on this trail, as usual.

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Status: Open
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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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Fun trail several hard lines available. Seen some nice rigs damaged at the gate keeper so just pick a safe line. I flopped on one of the notches inside. Luckily I turned into it and just had a few scratches.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Always a great time on this trail!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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There’s some snow out there!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Had a ton of fun on this trail. It has gotten a lot hard from last year. Everyone got body damage or broke... Fun times. FYI - the fun path is on the left of waypoint 6

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Always a good time on this trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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When some plans with another group fell through as I was in route to this trail, it lead to an opportunity to meet and run Hammer Down Trail with a great meet-up group; SoCal Jeepers. After helping to winch a disabled Jeep out of the gate keeper, these guys welcomed me into their trail run and I got to run Hammer Down as planned. Thanks, guys! Great group, great trail!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Great trail, and a lot of fun.... Everyone did a little damage. I want to go back. #FalkenTires

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Killer Trail!

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Did you guys break anything ?
–James (03/29/2017)
–G. Martin (03/29/2017)

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.
For individual use only, not to be shared.