We met out at CA247 and Camp Rock Rd in Lucern Valley. I was out there early and the first to show was Larry (stevens243) Mr.Bash had some mechanical trouble in Fontana. One of his group had a drive line issue on his JK. Some how they found a new drive line on craigslist (while on the road) and managed to replace it and continue their trek in a rather short amount of time. Larry and I waited for a short bit until Great88 (Mitch in a purple YJ) a member forum another showed up and we headed out. Mr.Bash would join us later in progress on the trail. It was warm and slightly breezy at 10AM, but that would change later in the day. We headed north on Camp Rock Rd, and turned East on Comet Dr which is a dirt road. Bull Frog, Cake Walk and Hammer Down trails are on the north east side of Cougar Buttes. The Bull Frog trail is in my opinion a moderate trail with obstacles the would entertain even a hard core wheeler. Cake Walk which we did not go on is slightly more difficult than BF and Hammer Down which is very short but difficult.
We hit the trail with Mitch in the lead as Larry and I have never been there before. I was glad to have Mitch there because the trail is hard to see in many locations and crosses other trails as it traverses the rocks. We ran for a good hour and a half before Mr. Bash made it on the to the trail. We ate lunch while waiting for them to catch up. When Bash caught up we I hopped in with Larry since we were going to rerun a portion of the trail with Bash. Unfortunately this was a mistake because I missed running the other half of the trail. Like an idiot
I thought we had completed the trail and wanted to ride in a Rubicon to see the difference of properly modded jeep. By the time I realized this we were to far from my jeep to go back and get it. It was still fun and Larry provided entertainment by taking the harder lines the rest of the way through.
After the end of the BF trail we went down to the end of Box Canyon trail and watched Mr.Bash and Larry do the Hammer Down Trail. Mr.Bash has done this trail twice now I believe in his TJ "X" model which is open diff front and rear.
This is no problem for him because he has determination and elephant sized cahones for a small guy. Bash did get stuck a couple of time but got himself out of it. He did take the winch line once just to correct his approach on an obstacle by a couple of feet. He completed it under his own power though. Larry ran through this trail like he had done it a dozen times before.
View of Couger Buttes from 247 & Camp Rock Rd.
BLM sign on Camp Rock Rd.
The traditional "airing down" Larry, Mitch and I
Entrance to Bull Frog