|Highest Elevation:||2550 feet|
|Duration:||About 20 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Loop|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||Yucca Valley|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Yucca Valley|
|Official Road Name:||Means Dry Lake Bed|
|Management Agency:||BLM - Johnson Valley|
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.
Dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Some ruts. Slight grades, up to 10 degrees. 2WD under most conditions. Rain or snow may make 4WD necessary. Usually one and a half to two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
You enter Means Dry lake from Boone Road at the northern most end. The area is wide open and you can travel anywhere you want. The route in the GPS is a path around the lakebed giving you the idea of what is there.
Against the hillside is the path that takes you to Backdoor. The road to backdoor is an easy one and has several crazy insane hill climbs and rock ledges that people play on just off the trail.
The next major path is the trail that takes you to Claw Hammer and Johnson Valley Sand Hill . The Road to Claw Hammer is a popular trail being that the trails in the direction are more suitable for the average driver. I wouldn't recommend camping near this road because of all the dust the vehicles kick up.
The next major path is the Road To The Hammers which heads east off of the lakebed. The path up to the Hammers could be the most popular route once you leave Means Dry Lake, with Jack Hammer, Sledge Hammer, and Tack Hammer right at the end of this road. People find themselves heading up there at night and all throughout the day to see some of the action.
About half the lake bed is devastated with bomb craters. You can play in this are, but be careful for scrap metal and deeper then expected holes. This is a common area for things to go wrong when traveling through.
The loop ends back at the beginning where it connects with Boone Road.