Means Dry Lake - Johnson Valley

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5/5 (12 reviews)
Yucca Valley, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 02/27/2024
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Means Dry Lake aka Hammertown USA is the one calm location in an area known for extreme off-road. It is typically used as a base camp and staging area for those who are attempting the legendary Hammer Trails and the King of the Hammers event. Whether it is your first time wheeling or are an extreme rock crawler, arriving at Means Dry Lake is as good as waking up to Christmas morning.

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Check out our Morongo Basin Desert Run Road - Johnson Valley (1.41 mi away) trail guide for an All-Access Preview!

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5/5 (12)
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Visited: 02/27/2024

Military training is over; the area has been reopened.
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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.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/27/2023

Another day on the lakebed, what a great place to camp and wheel.
Trail Review: Means Dry Lake - Johnson Valley - Josh Noesser
Trail Review: Means Dry Lake - Johnson Valley - Josh Noesser
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Visited: 05/09/2022

The trail should be open now.
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Temporary Closure
Visited: 04/29/2022

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

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