If you like lots of rocks -lots of big rocks-then the trails in Johnson Valley are the places to grind your gears and test your lockers. For the sixth year in a row the Victor Valley 4 Wheelers held its Fun in the Desert event in the Southern California desert for a virtual hard-core heaven of multiple rockcrawling trails. Most readers know about the infamous Sledgehammer and Jackhammer trails, but another 'hammer has debuted: the Clawhammer, and with it, the even more challenging Outer Limits Trail.
The Victor Valley club members work all year long in the scorching desert heat to open and groom the new trails, as well as to maintain the old ones. And because of the difficulty of some of the runs, a vehicle inspection is mandatory to verify that each 4x4 has working lockers at both ends before it's allowed to hit the trails. In fact, on the two newest runs, body damage is almost guaranteed, and participants should choose an easier trail if they consider sheetmetal more important than traversing a new trail.
Along with the requisite food extravaganza and fabulous raffle, the '97 Fun in the Desert event offered six different hard-core runs, and next year's event will undoubtedly be even better. If you want to 'wheel with the best on some of the best durn rocks around, contact the Victor Valley 4 Wheelers at Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 1733, Hesperia, CA 92345-1733. You'll be glad you did.