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Old 05-08-2008, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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aftershock question

planning to go run aftershock for the first time. i know it used to be considered the easiest but ive heard thats no longer the case. would like to know the condition of the trail by someone who has been out there recently. thanx!
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When i was up there 6mo ago it was pretty washed out- seemed harder than a few years ago. If you are running it uphill the waterfall at the end is kinda gnarly. I made it up about 3/4 of the way in a stock ranger with a welded rear and bald 33's before we turned around because it was about 4am.

I've been told claw is easier but havent run it

Whats your setup?
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Old 05-08-2008, 12:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would ask someone who went on the Tin Benders run for the most up to date info.

When I ran it a few months ago, it hadn't changed much. The waterfall and notch near the end of the trail were in the same condition. Maybe some of the rocks in the middle seemed to have changed due to erosion, but again not much.

IMO: If this is your first time out to the Hammers, I would run Claw or Lower Big Johnson first.
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Aftershock is a fun trail. If you are running a rig with 33's to 38's take a few rigs with ya. The major obstacle towards the top is a tough one unless you know the line. Also depending on the rig, there a couple spots on the way up and one spot after that one that could be tough. Overall, it's a pretty simple trail.

We were just there for the Benders Jambo. On Thursday afternoon we went and ran Claw and then Aftershock. Total time with stopping, bsing, and everything else we do, it took about 3 hrs.

IMHO, Claw is the easiest trail, followed by Aftershock. But I think that Jack front side of Jack, then to the mailbox and out is the quickest.
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The upper waterfall on Aftershock is the only thing harder than Claw. Claw has a few of it's own issues, but easy nontheless. Lower Big Johnson is the easiest in my opinion, next to Tac-Hammer as the easiest of all.
But why play on those, when you have such cool trails as Hwy 20, Wrecking-Ball, Outer Limits, Resolution and such?


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the plan is to go on the 17th. (so far)
im running lt1,60 rear 44 front on 38.5's. not worried about the alloys out back but the front stock shafts scare me. ive got spares but i just wanted to know what im getting myself into. thanx
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the plan is to go on the 17th. (so far)
im running lt1,60 rear 44 front on 38.5's. not worried about the alloys out back but the front stock shafts scare me. ive got spares but i just wanted to know what im getting myself into. thanx
My buddy did it in his Jeep w/ stock d44's and an open front w/ 35's...no prob...but a darn good driver! ...or maybe it was my spotting

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unless something major happened in the last couple of years you will be fine. I did it in a sami on 33"s and had no problems, also had a few tj's with us on 33's and 35"s and they did allright, I think one needed a tug in one spot. The bigger waterfall is fun but should not be a big deal for your setup.
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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we just ran it today, Sat may 10. the trail is probably the easiest of the Hammer trails, with several different lines to take in a lot of the trail. the trail was in pretty good shape and we had a leisurely kick back cruise through. for those that have never been to Johnson Valley, none of the trails can be considered easy.....just some are easier than others.
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thanx for the updates! i will definitely be heading out next weekend
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