Slash X Bar & Grill camping and riding.
One of the most popular places in the High Desert of Southern California, to wet your beak, is a little bar & grill called Slash X. When most families go out to eat they drive their family wagon, but the Slash x crowd, well they travel in packs like wild gazelles flying through the desert to grab a fresh pitcher of beer and my favorite the “The Slash X Cheeseburger.” Most of the customers of Slash x ride their motorcycles, UTV’s, ATV’s, sand rails and sometimes I don’t even know what to call it. You see when you camp in Barstow, Lucerne Valley, or Johnson Valley all roads lead to Slash X not just for the food, but the great atmosphere. Slash x has a host of great memorabilia. You could seriously walk around and spend half of the day looking at all the crazy stuff.
One of the newest additions at Slash X is the Brian Lynn memorial. Brian was the owner of Slash X until August 11, 2011 where he was involved in a head on collision with another vehicle that drifted into his lane. Inside of Slash X you can see a Ford bumper with his name inscribed with the date. Desert Dispatch – Brian Lynn full story.
For this tail ride we decided to keep it fresh. We decided to stay at the Anderson Dry lake bed Instead of leaving from our normal spot off of Hodge Road, which by the way is a great spot to camp too. Anderson Dry Lake is a part of Lucerne Valley within the Johnson Valley OHV Area. This area is a host to many off road races.
Coming from Apple Valley get off on Bear Valley Rd and head west. 15 Mi
Turn right onto Hwy 18.
Then, Turn left onto Camp Rock Rd 5.2 mi
After about 4.0 mi there will be a slight right to stay on Camp Rock Rd. 4.0mi
After you pass the Dump Area it turns to a well maintained dirt road.
Once you pass the Dump Site you will travel approx 9.0 miles to the camping area.
You will come to a sign that talks about the local dirt roads and how they were built. This area is known as the Anderson Dry lake Bed and you can camp pretty much anywhere in this area. There are multiple fire circles in the area to camp around.
Our Trail Map
We started early Saturday morning on a trail ride that would eventually bring us to our tasty burgers and beers at Slash X. All of the trails in this are clearly marked. However, you want to write them down so you remember how to get back. The total trip to Slash X from Anderson Dry lake was roughly 30.3 miles. Pretty early I know, but we wanted to catch a Polaris ranger recovery from the previous weekend. One of our family members rolled their Polaris ranger about three times down a steep embankment in the Stoddard wells area.
View Slash X- Johnson Valley in a larger map
Again Slash X is a great place to socialize with other riders. They usually will have live bands on the weekends, or have a poker run going on. Check out our podcast for Slash X here.
Episode 1 – This here is a podcast on a little place called Slash X.
PODCAST – BOOM!