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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-02-2002, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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New Johnson Valley Trail

I spent a few days, with some freinds, wheeling at the Hammers.
On Sunday, a couple of us wheeled a new trail called, Big Johnson. It was an OK trail, and fairly challenging, but nothing more than Sledge Hammer, or Claw Hammer, and probably not quite as tough as Jack Hammer or Wrecking Ball.
So, we were talking to a few of the guys around the campfire that night, and decided we run again the next day. Chris Geiger happened to be there, and mentioned that, what we had ran was lower Big Johnson. Only two guys had gone up Upper Big Johnson up to that point, and that was to scout the trail. So with 11 competition rigs, consisting of 5 ARCA competitors, 3 NWRCA, CalRocs, ProRocks, etc. we headed up Monday morning. It was the best trail I have ran in years. This trail is just brutal, and had my stomach in butterflys all day long. There were several rollovers, including one for me, and a lot of fresh wrinkles in the sheet metal. I was only one of 2 rigs not, full tube frame buggy. Kathy only took a few pics, since its so hard to scare her out of the rig anymore, but One of the guys took a couple hundred pics, so more will follow.





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dude, that's nuts! Looks like fun
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Man, I could almost hear the squealing, grinding noise of skid plates and sheet metal grinding over them rocks. Looks like a real tough trail,,,,,not exactly my cup 'o tea, but looks like fun to watch....[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Looks like the BBS sticker took another one for the team. It looks like you guys and girls had a blast. It may be hard to scare Kathy out, but it looks like she knows when to exit.

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Ummmmm, wheres the trail again? hehe

Looks like fun!

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I ran Big Johnson (lower) this spring and it was pretty darn tough. It did seem like it would get paved pretty fast though, too many loose rocks and too much dirt and sand on the trail. How does one get from lower to upper? As I recall once you cleared the last ledge, you turned and drove up a short section of sandy hill to the top, then take a semi-steep loose downhill into a wash, turn right, and drive out. I don't recall seeing much at the top or to the left at the bottom of the wash.

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Tom,
You know the 2 squeeze rocks at the end of trail, just before, you turn right up the sand hill?
On the other side of the squeeze is a gulley, that turns left and almost doubles back uphill, in the opposite direction as lower BJ. It about a mile of non stop, straight up climbs. Long Wheel base is a must, as there are no roadways built yet. We avoided stacking, except on cases where big rocks were torn away by one of the rigs,(even that was kept very minimal).
The squeeze box at the bottom, was a good indicator for whether or not to turn left and continue climbing. That was sort of an unofficial GO/DONT GO signal for the other rigs that didnt continue.
It is an extreme trail, like nothing I have ran before. Im sure it will get a little easier with time, but its the baddest of the Hammers right now

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[email protected] H8, cant you just keep all 4's on the ground, our you just have to show off by waving at the camera with your rig =). haha, looked like a lot of fun dude. Peace
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Re: New Johnson Valley Trail

There are a bunch of good pictures at this website
I dont know how to make it clicky
http://www.snort4x4.com/~neckster/si...ear/page1.html

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http://www.snort4x4.com/~neckster/si...ear/page1.html
Looked at them earlier today, great pics, looks like a fun trip.

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