Hammer Down Trail - Cougar Buttes

Lucerne Valley, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 01/18/2022
5 / 5 ( 13 reviews )
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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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This evenly shaped, rectangular rock bench sitting next to a fire pit makes a good marker for the Hammer Down Trailhead

Directions to Trailhead

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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Questions & Answers (1)

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

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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.