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Come join us next month for 2014 Fun in the Desert:)

Victor Valley 4 Wheelers Club History

Fun in the Desert is an annual four wheeling event sponsored by the Victor Valley 4 Wheelers Club based in the Victor Valley area of the California High Desert.
The weekend offers something for everybody: excellent four wheeling opportunities on trails of various difficulty ratings, good food, raffles, activities for the kids, and the camaraderie of others who share in this passion called four wheeling.
Fun in the Desert began in the fall of 1993 and has grown as both an annual weekend of four wheel drive fun and as a fund raising event. The fun begins when wheelers from all over southern California come together to enjoy the fun of four-wheeling on some of the most challenging trails on the planet. The event also serves to support the Victor Valley 4 Wheelers, a long-established four-wheel drive club that has spanned over six decades. The VV4W are long-supporting members of the California Association of 4WD Clubs.
Fun in the Desert is celebrated in the cooler fall month of October, but things heat up quickly as participants are challenged by famous desert trails. Several trails in the Johnson Valley OHV area will offer challenges for everyone: Sledgehammer, Clawhammer, Outer Limits, Sunbonnet, Aftershock, The Big Easy, Mottino Wash, and Bullfrog/Cakewalk. Each is unique and offers a world-class challenge for off-road enthusiasts.
Trail challenges run from mild to wild (easy to difficult) for the beginner to the experienced wheelers! The weekend offers something for everybody: excellent four wheeling opportunities on trails of various difficulty ratings, a sumptuous BBQ dinner, kids’ and adult raffles, kids’ activities, and the camaraderie of others who share in this passion called four wheeling.
Enjoy your weekend, and be safe!

Fun in the Desert Trails

Outer Limits (5)
This is perhaps the most technical of the trails. You travel out around the hills to the east. Then, work your way across the rough alluvial, following the cairns, and enter the canyon, up another twisty rocky climb, not as steep as Jackhammer—but more difficult. Then, through three squeezes which will leave their mark on your short wheelbase vehicles. Some of the squeezes require putting one of your tires on top of rocks and snaking through off camber. This trail is not for full size vehicles. 35” tires, front and rear lockers required.

Sledgehammer (5)
This is our original trail. The canyon is part of the Fisher Mountain Trail and is broken up into three sections with a total length of about 1.2 miles. It is non-stop technical rock crawling from the bottom to the top earning its 5 rating. On the top, the trail continues across the mountain with a couple of hill climbs and descends on the east side, down the original uphill. The downhill is an experience all in its own. Not recommended for full size vehicles. 35” tires, front and rear lockers required.

Sunbonnet (5)
A definite 5 here; it’s actually two canyons. You start off with the smaller one and pass through “Sunbonnet’s Gate” making a sharp right turn, up and over the rocks as you pass through the gate. If you are lucky enough to make it to the top, you get to go down “Sunbonnet’s Slide.” Assuming you make it through the squeeze, the rest of the trail is no more difficult than say, Sledgehammer. Full size rigs cannot make it through Sunbonnet Gate and will play heck making it through the squeeze. 35” tires, front and rear lockers required.
Aftershock (5)
Aftershock is one of the original “Hammers” and is now part of the King of the Hammers race course. This is a little different from the rest and a more typical trail. First, you go up a sandy wash with rock obstacles here and there. A cruise until all of a sudden there’s “Depreciation Knob,” so named by a very experienced driver with a full size vehicle. Twisting back and forth, up, over and through the rocks, you will wish your vehicle were hinged in the middle. 35” tires, front and rear lockers required. Definitely a harder trail than Claw Hammer.
Clawhammer (4)
This is the baby of the hammers. When you think baby, think of “Baby Huey.” It is a little shorter than the others but very demanding. We have added an OPTIONAL 5+ canyon at the top, which is very loose and steep. 35” tires, front and rear lockers required.

Bullfrog/Cakewalk (3)
This trail begins just east of Camp Rock Road, in the Cougar Buttes area of Johnson Valley. Starting out with a tight squeeze, the trail loops around through rocks, boulders, and small washouts. Known as the “Moab of California,” this rock rich run provides lots of technical maneuvering and wheel-hanging action. Approximately 18 miles west of the Fun in the Desert campsite, this run will require a 20 minute pavement run to get to the trailhead, or (if we have a group consensus), we could take an hour route through the desert. Either way, this is a very fun trail with lots of photo ops. 33” tires, 1 locker recommended.
The Big Easy (3)
This trail is a meandering soft-sand, dirt road trail around the Hartwell Hills, home of the infamous Hammer Trails. Beginning almost right outside of the Fun-in-the-Desert campsite, this trail offers spectacular vistas of the Means Dry Lake area, as well as trailheads and exit points of many of the Hammer trails. Abandoned mine shafts offer cool places to lunch and explore. Two or three by-passes are offered for those who want to challenge themselves and their rigs. 4 wheel drive required.

Mottino Wash (3)
This trail is a scenic, soft-sand trail with some occasional boulders and rocks within the Rattlesnake Canyon. This trail moves travelers through rugged canyon walls. Two or three by-passes are offered for those who want to challenge themselves and their rigs. 4 wheel drive required.

Victor Valley 4 Wheelers 2014 Fun in the Desert
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Times and runs are subject to change.
Friday, October 10 Registration and Safety Inspections 12 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, October 11 Registration and Safety Inspections 6 AM to 7:30 AM
Breakfast 6 AM to 7:30 AM
Drivers’ Meetings 15 minutes prior to run time
The following runs depart at 8 AM:
Aftershock, The Big Easy, Bullfrog/Cakewalk, Sledgehammer
The following runs depart at 8:30 AM:
Clawhammer, Mattino Wash, Outer Limits, Sunbonnet
Family Games from 2 PM to 4:30 PM
Quarter Pile (ages 2-5) at 4:30 PM
BBQ Dinner (or until all runs are in) between 5 PM o 7 PM
Quarter Pile (ages 6-13) at 6:30 PM
Family game winners announced at 6:45 PM
Children’s Raffle at 7:15 PM
Adult Raffle at 8 PM
Quarter Pile (all ages) at 8:15 PM

Everyone must wear his or her wristband to participate in a trail run or be served a meal.

ADULT RAFFLE TICKETS
1 ticket for $1 6 tickets for $5
13 tickets for $10 30 tickets for $20
100 tickets for $50 160 tickets for $75
200 tickets for $100
CHILD RAFFLE TICKETS
5 tickets for $1

T SHIRT PRICES
Men’s S-XL $20 Men’s 2X-3X $22
Women’s S-XL $20 Women’s 2X-3X $22

Check out victorvalley4wheelers.com for more details!
 
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