Boone Road - Johnson Valley

full-preview Icon
5/5 (15 reviews)
Yucca Valley, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 02/27/2024
Trail Types
Scout Route
Full Trail Guide

Preview Trail Icon
Preview Trails
easy
moderate
difficult
severe
extreme

Limited Trail Icon
Upgrade to Unlock
Limited Access/All-Access
Scout Route
Start a 7-day Free Trial

Trail Information

Highlights

Altitude Category Icon Altitude
Camping Category Icon Camping
Desert Category Icon Desert
Iconic Category Icon Iconic
Sand Category Icon Sand
Wash Category Icon Wash
Boone Road of California's Johnson Valley (AKA Hammer Town USA - home of King of the Hammers) is the major artery that takes people in and out of Johnson Valley. Comprised mostly of a dirt road, this dirt super highway is a great place to see some of the most epic 4x4 and extreme off-road rigs that people can dream up. While the road itself is an easy drive, on the north end is some of the hardest known trails in America. If passing down highway 247, from either Lucerne Valley or Yucca Valley, take a quick detour and check out one of the most legendary offroad areas in the world.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Boone Road is a main artery that takes you in and out of Johnson Valley's Means Dry Lake (AKA Hammer Town USA). The road is mostly maintained and is easily drivable in all types of vehicles including RV's. There are several wash crossings and the road ends into a dry lake bed. If for any reason the road is wet, I would highly advise against taking anything but a 4x4 down this road. 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. Please see URL for access issues for more information.

Trail Reviews

5/5 (15)
User Avatar
Official Crew
inline-aa Icon
142950
Open
Visited: 02/27/2024

Military training is over; the area has been reopened.
User Avatar
Official Crew
inline-aa Icon
142950
Temporary Closure
Visited: 02/15/2024

A majority of Johnson Valley is closed for military training from Feb 15 to 27th 2024. Please plan your trips around this time.
User Avatar
Official Crew
inline-aa Icon
142950
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/27/2023

Traffic on the road leaving, but overall it was super smooth. Saw more then one RV towing doing over 45.
Trail Review: Boone Road - Johnson Valley - Josh Noesser
Trail Review: Boone Road - Johnson Valley - Josh Noesser
User Avatar
Official Crew
inline-aa Icon
142950
Open
Visited: 05/09/2022

The trail should be open now.
User Avatar
Official Crew
inline-aa Icon
142950
Temporary Closure
Visited: 04/29/2022

Closed for military drills from april 29 to May 9th 2022

From the Community

Start a free trial and get this level of detail on every trail guide
Start Free Trial