Road to Claw Hammer - Johnson Valley

Yucca Valley, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 03/03/2021
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.9 miles
Highest Elevation: 3200 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Yucca Valley
Nearest Town w/ Services: Yucca Valley
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: BLM - Johnson Valley OHV Area
District: Barstow Field Office
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Highlight: Road to Claw Hammer - Johnson Valley
When off-roading in Johnson Valley and looking for the way to get to the famous Claw Hammer 4x4 trail, there is only a few ways. The most popular route would be The Road To Claw Hammer which leaves Means Dry Lake and heads north then northeast directly to the trailhead. If you are looking for something a little more extreme, while traveling this trail, you can exit the trail to the east, there you will find plenty of additional obstacles and trails like Chocolate Thunder that even the most extreme 4x4 enthusiast won't even try. Thus the next time you are out in Johnson Valley OHV, take a quick tour of the area and check out Claw Hammer and the trail that takes you there.



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Route Information

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1. Means Dry Lake (0 mi)
The trail begins at Means Dry Lake on the northeast section of the dry lake bed. The trail then quickly follows the valley to the north and turns to the northeast as you get closer to Johnson Valley Sand Hill .

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.416575, -116.510342

Starting Point: Lacurne Valley, CA

The Road To Claw Hammer starts in the northeast coroner of Means Dry Lake. To get to Means Dry Lake you will need to take Boone Road. ***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.

Trail Reviews (3)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
FYI - Military Shut Down Dates 2021 April 30 to May 10, 2021 Oct 15 to Nov 1, 2021 2022 April 26 to May 9, 2022 Oct 18 to Nov 1, 2022

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Quick run up the road heading to Fissure Mount. The path was better than normal but still a lot of whoops

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Came back this way when we headed back from waypoint 2.

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Writer Information

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.