Noesser’s Nasty Notch

Lucerne Valley, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 06/14/2022
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Highlight: Noesser’s Nasty Notch
Look no more if you are looking for the newest and greatest trail in Johnson Valley. Noesser's Nasty Notch is a very technical rock crawling trail in Cougar Buttes that can easily take a group of Jeeps all day to complete. This trail is similar to Jack and Sledge Hammer in difficulty, full of extreme rock crawling. The trail has three over-the-top obstacles that will make most individuals decide not to do it after they walk the trail. The Devil's Reject is a combination of large rocks, even larger holes, a tights s-turn up Terena Trench. From there, you have to have faith drop-down, Mr. Anderson, a blind steep off-camber drop that many won't want to attempt. If that doesn't get you, the Nasty Notch will, as this is a wide v-notch roughly 78 inches wide, and the walls are 5 feet tall. One mistake there, and you can kiss your paint goodbye. The bottom line is it can be done in a full-body Jeep or 4x4. So plan a day for this trail and get out there and see why this is one fun and unique off-road trail.


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1. Noessers Nasty Notch Southern Trailhead - Head North (0 mi)
The trail heads north up the narrowing rocky canyon. There are a few rocks about 3-foot round that you have to drive over to get back into the canyon. There are some off-camber areas, so be ready for that. At the end of the first part of the canyon is enough space for three vehicles to turn around.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lucerne Valley, CA

Head east on CA-18 toward Tate Ln 1.0 mi Continue straight onto Old Woman Springs Road 5.3 mi Turn left onto Camp Rock Road 3.0 mi Turn right onto Astral Road/Cambria Road 1.0 mi Keep left to continue on Astral Road 0.1 mi Slight right onto Solar Road 0.1 mi Continue straight to stay on Solar Road 0.8 mi The trail will be on the left side.



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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.