Johnson Valley     
Bureau of Land Management  (View this site)
San Bernardino County, California
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Operating Season:  
All year
As the home of the Hammers trails, Jackhammer and Sledgehammer, as well as more than a handful of other extreme trails Johnson Valley OHVA offers some of the most difficult terrain on the west coast. Trails consist of large boulders, steep ledges, and narrow sections. Mechanical failures and body damage are common place.

Johnson Valley has a varied landscape of steep rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, dry lake beds and sandy washes. Elevations range from 4,600 feet to 2,300 feet. Although some of the countries toughest trials can be found here there are plenty of places for everyone to explore even in a stock vehicle.

Trail Maps      

Melville Lake   (USGS Topo)


From Highway 247 (Barstow - Miles 61)
- Go South on Highway 247 / Barstow Road (33.0 Miles)
- Turn left to continue on Highway 247 (24.3 Miles)
- Turn left onto Boone Road (1.1 Miles)
- You are now on the lake bed of Means Lake

From Interstate 15 (Victorville - Miles 37)
- Take I 15 North (2.5 Miles)
- Exit East onto D Street / Highway 18 (21.9 Miles)
- Continue straight on Highway 247 within Lucerne Valley (24.5 Miles)
- Take a left on Camp Rock Road (4.0 Miles)
- Turn left onto Boone Road (1.1 Miles)
- You are now on the lake bed of Means Lake

A bold trail name denotes a link to a trail write up.
  Easy -
   These fun family trails are suited for a stock vehicle and may not always require four wheel drive. In most cases these trails consist of well maintained service roads. Roads are typically wide enough to accommodate passing.

  Moderate -
   While more challenging than the "Easy" rated trails, drivers of all skill levels can enjoy these trails. At this level a stock high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is required. Trails are typically narrow with possible brush that may scratch your vehicle. Passing usually requires backing up.

  Difficult -
   Trails at this rating require a vehicle with increased ground clearance and proper protection. Trails will often require a spotter and should only be attempted by more experienced off road drivers. Most trails at this level require 33" tires and at least one locker is recommended.

  Extreme -
   Trails at this rating require a heavily modified vehicle. At this point you most likely have more dents than lugs on your tires, flops and rollovers are just part of your Sunday drive. Front and rear lockers, at least 35" tires and a winch are highly recommended. "Extreme" rated trails should only be attempted by the most experienced off road drivers.