Intermediate Trails In Johnson Valley?
Two of us are driving up to Johnson Valley for the day tomorrow. Have never been there. I have a trail map showing the Hammer series of trails, Wrecking Ball, etc. While we want to check them out, we have no intention of running them. Any suggestions for intermediate trails in the area?
Fisher Mountain is the most tame.
"Fisher Mtn. For those that are not ready for the hammers or want to go on a easier run. Most vehicles can do it with a moderate lift ,under armor, 32s and a rear locker or limited slip or 35s with out locker if you dare. The beginning of the trail is a 3+ for about 1 mile than it gets easier and sightseeing over all the valleys in the area. we also cross the landers fault line and can see it in both directions. near the end of the trail you can split the group up for the more equipped vehicles to make a run at the original jackhammer its a 3+ with a 45 degree climb down the side of the mountain only the better equipped vehicleswill be allowed to do this part of the run"
I’ll answer my own question (in case someone else is thinking of headed to Johnson Valley for the first time). Yes, there are miles and miles of easy, intermediate, and difficult trails in JV. We entered on Granite Road, near Cougar Butte, and found lots of rocky trails to play on a couple miles due east.
After a couple hours we headed south, got on the 247, went east, and reentered JV at Boone Road. We found the Hammers area east of Means Dry Lake. Not exactly sure which of official trails we saw (no one else was in the area), but we found numerous trails way more difficult than we were prepared for. We also found plenty of trails that were just the right challenge for us. Next time we will do a loop around the entire range (Hartwell Hills). A great place to spend the day exploring. We entered via Victorville/247, went home via Yucca Valley/247 (about a 2 hr drive for me).
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