|03-27-2018 10:42 AM|
Here's the video of breaking that trail.
|02-26-2018 06:26 PM|
|02-26-2018 08:01 AM|
|02-23-2018 11:05 PM|
Bloody Mary, Dead Blow, BAll Peen, and Hwy 55.
"Dead Blow" was Scotty /Adictided Offroad and Myself in are 2 rigs last year.
( I was saving that canyon for years till someone would go up it with me)
"Hwy 55" was also cut By me and my son for Eddie His Race number was 55.
RIP Old friend.
|02-23-2018 09:55 AM|
We broke a new trail KOH week towards the end of FOL- after the exit OF FOL hook left over the hill and go into the canyon is takes you in. There are about 3 gnarly drops, then it puts in on the flat just past the entrance to FOL. Trail is called Full of shit-- It was a shit show, but fun.
ENTRANCE FROM FOL- 34*22'56.00"N- 116*27'58.19W
ENTRANCE FROM BOTTOM- 34*23'2.62N- 116*27'45.57"W
|02-22-2018 03:46 PM|
Important to keep this thread alive!!!!
Some newer trails not mentioned that are currently used a great deal;
"OFF YOUR ROCKER"
opened in 2013 by Socal Mark.
Currently getting a great deal of use. Was formerly a difficult trail, but over the last 4 years a great deal of rock stacking, boulder removal, and bypasses has made it a moderate trail (except the waterfall).
opened in 2017 by Scotty Cunningham.
Slowly becoming of favorite of the buggy crowd as the other trails in the area are becoming easier. Definitely a difficult trail that keeps the "lessor rigs" away.
|02-06-2018 08:07 AM|
|pennsylvaniaboy||Jon Bundrant still wheeling? I remember seeing his truggy in the mags growing up|
|01-30-2018 08:42 PM|
|Great story.... Very true.... We moved so many rocks, we actually made the trail too easy! I thought Chuck was crazy.... Who would want to drive a Jeep up a damn gully to the top of a ridge that went nowhere? Most trails were ON ridges rather than going UP a gully.... Sledge Hammer got its name from Chuck Shaner and Gary Brown as they were building the the trail with a group of Victor Valley Four Wheelers. As Gary was driving his Cherokee up the trail with spotting by Chuck, Gary slipped off a rock and dented the heck out of his beautiful, rather new Cherokee. He stepped out of the Jeep to survey the damage and stated: "nothing a sledge hammer wont fix!" The name stuck.|
|12-11-2015 10:08 AM|
|12-10-2015 04:53 PM|
I just now saw the 4WD and Sport Utility article that JR posted. That is so very cool! Thanks JR!
It is interesting that they list Aftershock as "Moderate". Maybe it was, compared to Sledgehammer, in 1994.
|12-10-2015 01:07 PM|
|Pirate Joe||Awesome magazine article! I'm saving all of those photos!|
|12-08-2015 01:11 PM|
Anyone know who broke Highway 18? Sometime a while ago a couple of cars look like they made it through.
Over Thanksgiving we ran the bottom of it and bailed out due to a break in our group. Big obstacles in there and was a blast for as far as we got. We walked up to what we think was 80% of it and it looks like a great long day. Looks like it connects with Fissure.
|10-06-2015 05:41 AM|
|10-05-2015 06:00 AM|
|knaffie||Cool pics. Thanks for posting.|
|10-04-2015 07:47 PM|
Thanks JR, that's GREAT info.
I'll have to update some dates on the first page now.
The article mentions a trail by the name "Awesome Falls". I have never heard of this one. Do you, or anyone else, know about this trail?
|10-03-2015 04:36 PM|
|09-30-2015 05:10 PM|
|JR||More story. I'm going to look through my ol' pics to see what I have.|
|09-30-2015 05:05 PM|
Going through some stuff, I came across an envelope called "Sledgehammer"
Inside were details on this new trail called Sledgehammer including two early magazine articles. The 4 Wheel Drive &Sport Utility mags are dated 1994.
I used this info originally to locate the trail back in November of '94.
21 years ago!
Scanned for your perusal.
|04-29-2015 10:44 AM|
|catfish<><||thanks for posting, good times|
|04-26-2015 10:58 PM|
heres video from the day that choclate thunder was actually cut. flash was there at the bottom in the canyon. mike and john went up the right line. (the right line doesnt exist anymore the way it did that day) my wheelbase was too short to make it on the right line, so i tried the virgin left line and made it. after i got to the top they had turned around and were coming back down so i turned around and mike decided to spot me down. the whole time i was thinking that this was a bad idea but i figured he saw something i didnt see. well i was right. it was a bad idea. but now that hole i rolled in isnt that big anymore.
go to about 1:12 into the video. before 1:12 is a mix of some other trails. at 2:20 you can see the really cool rock that you had to climb around that is no buried.
at 1:12 the location where we are at is down in the wash before the current entrance. all those rocks that we are climbing over, especially that really cool big one that flexes out your rear something crazy, they are all now buried in sand from koh traffic and big motors.
|04-01-2015 06:22 AM|
|JM93LiftedYJ||Good read. I thought a lot of these trails were something like 20+ years old. They're actually still relatively new.|
|04-01-2015 06:14 AM|
|03-29-2015 11:02 AM|
1) The drivetrain in the rigs are a lot stronger, and a lot more suspension travel
2) A lot more people are going out to the Hammers. The trails get crowded, so they find something new, they pick a canyon and try to go up it.
3) 40" tires! When I started 33" tires were the norm, 35" tires were going "Big".
4) Rock racing...People used to "Rock Crawl" the trail, now if they can't make the first or second time, they try to power over the rock like a rock bouncer.
5) The Gov't taking PUBLIC LAND!
I could go on but you get the point
|03-28-2015 08:39 PM|
this is cool.. i was asking these questions when i went out to KOH this year. its really interesting to read the stories. Thank you all for great thread.
i do have a question.
why has it been only recent that these trails have been broken? is it the use of google/satellite imagery to blame? or is it that the trail rigs got built to the point that they were finally able to be driven up with out any issues?
|03-26-2015 06:59 PM|
|DCuzzz||Update - Added info to Claw, Outer Limits, Wrecking Ball, Sledge, Aftershock, and Fissure Mtn.|
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