Overview


Explore Johnson Valley and all of its glory in this all-inclusive half day extravaganza. This 50-mile expedition touches all 4 corners of the park discovering hidden treasures along the way. Includes the best parts of Hercules Byway and much more – a thrill revealing odyssey creating impressions that will last a lifetime.

Hercules Highway in Johnson Valley OHV Park, CA


A few miles south of East Ord Mountain you will find a unique outcrop of large granite boulders that help create the setting for this trail. Known as Hercule’s Highway this 50-mile loop will surprise you with fascinating points of interest with a mix of fun obstacles to challenge your driving skills. The trail starts at Cougar Buttes but then soon traverses along a narrow twisty and windy trail that includes many small rock obstacles and sandy washes to navigate. Ideal for the high performance Polaris RZRs with high clearance and capable suspension to help conquer some of the trail obstacles you’ll encounter along your journey. Make sure to bring your camera and binoculars to take advantage of the scenic surroundings that await you!

Reviews


Self-guided GPS tours are the way to go. Lots of variety of terrain.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  4/18/2019 • Brian W. – Frederick, MD

Exhilarating!

Self-guided GPS tours are the way to go, no waiting for others or eating their dust. We went as two couples, each pair in a potent sports machine. Tour started on a dirt road and within 5 minutes we were on desert trails. Everything started on-time. After a short video, helmet fitting, and cooler strapping, we were on our way. Ben, the owner, was so happy for us to ride it got our spirits flying as well.

We took the 4 hour tour, doing the Hercules 45 mile trail. Lots of variety of terrain — graded dirt road in the very beginning then onto deep sand, flat hard sand, some skinny downhill sandy washes, a dried lake bed, wavy up-and-down stretches, and a rocky trail (least favorite). Plenty of time for “skiing” in deep sand, fast rush on flats, and enjoying high vistas.

When using the GPS we found it best to check your position after turning, as a few intersections can be tricky. We only went off the trail substantially in one place (it was a hard flat straightaway we had LOTS of fun on so we weren’t paying attention). The GPS also has more trouble determining your current direction since you can spin all around (unlike a car). Again, check to make sure you are on the trail after each turn and you’ll be fine. All trails are obvious, but there are a maze of them out there.

Machines ran great, the tall flags make finding others easy. We rode on a Sunday in April and passed maybe 6 people all day (other than a spot in the beginning where campers were). These are fast, they would go faster than we dared to go. Always 4WD.

This was so much fun for us 50-something adults. It wasn’t nearly as jeering as imagined, no one had any soreness the next day. Much much smoother than standard ATV’s, and certainly much much faster.

This location is a great place to ride, you are right into the desert within 5 minutes and go way out into the wild back country with substantial altitude gain. Really good experience, easy 5 stars. We did go over the time with a stop for lunch and a missed turn, we just texted owner on our way back down and it was no issue.

Great adventure!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  4/12/2019 • Michael S. – Bord de Mar de Limonade, Haiti

We rented two 2-seat 2019 Polaris. Ben had everything set up and ready to go for us. He spent about 15 minutes giving safety instructions and off we went. We drove through the Hercules Trail which was about 50 miles round trip. Navigation on the Polaris made it easy to get around. We drove through the desert on sand, dirt, over rocks, up and down hills. Halfway through we stopped to eat lunch (packed our own) and then we were off again. I would highly recommend Happy Trails Rentals.

What to Bring


To get the most enjoyment out of your ride, we require you to wear long pants, closed toe shoes and long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt. Every person is required to wear a helmet and eye protection. A full face helmet and goggles are provided to borrow during your rental period. A valid driver’s license is required for all drivers, NO EXCEPTIONS! Credit or Debit card required for payment and security deposit. It is highly recommended to also bring a hat, sunblock, sunglasses and additional layers of clothing (during the winter season as it can get chilly outside). We do provide some complimentary water and refreshments, but it’s always a good idea to bring additional water and snacks. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all of the epic moments.

Download/print the Happy Trails Checklist below to make sure you don’t forget anything!

Checklist

Safety & Sustainability


Polaris Adventures focuses on the safety of every rider, from vehicle overviews & training before every ride to a modern check out process, our outfitters are there to make sure you have a safe, memorable, adventure.

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