Road To The Hammers - Johnson Valley

Yucca Valley, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 05/09/2022
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.43 miles
Highest Elevation: 3000 feet
Duration: About 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Yucca Valley
Nearest Town w/ Services: Yucca Valley
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Management Agency: BLM - Johnson Valley
District: Barstow Field Office


Highlight: Road To The Hammers - Johnson Valley
When you hear the words Johnson Valley, you can't stop thinking Hammers. The Road To The Hammers is the super highway that takes you to some of the most legendary trails in all of the United States let alone the world. The trail takes you from the party town on Means Dry Lake (aka Hammer Town) up into the hills and it dumps you right at the foot of some of the hardest trails in the area, Jack Hammer and Sledge Hammer. Thus, the next time you are in the area, take a quick drive up The Road To The Hammers and get yourself a glimpse of some of the most epic rock crawling / off-road trails in all of the United States.


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1. Road To The Hammers and Means Dry Lake (0 mi)
The trail leaves Means Dry Lake on the east most side and heads up the hills to the east.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lucerne Valley, California

To get to the trail, you first need to get to Means Dry Lake which is at the end of Boone Road. The trail is on the east most part of the dry lake bed. ***To get to Boone Road from Lucerne Valley*** Take 247 east roughly 24 miles. You will see a Johnson Valley sign on the right side of the road and the white lines will be broken on the left side of the road where the dirt road starts. ***To get to Boone Road from Yucca Valley*** From Highway 62 and 247, take the 247 north / west for roughly 20 miles. The turnoff for Boone Road is on the right just after the highway curves to the left.



Land Use Issues

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.

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Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
For individual use only, not to be shared.