Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Repair Work Construction crews will begin work Wednesday, Nov. 8, repairing flood damage on a seven-mile section of the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail east of Susanville. Access through the construction sites will be closed during working hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but open during weekends and non-working hours. Learn more in our Press Release.

OverviewFollowing the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville, California to Mason Station. For the first 16 miles, the trail follows the Susan River. As it winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon, the trail crosses the river 12 times on bridges and trestles and passes through two tunnels. The landscape is a combination of semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine and fir. Most of the trail traverses the Susan River Canyon with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and reminders of the railroad and logging days of the past. The remarkable autumn colors and scenery along the Bizz Johnson Trail earned it one of eight feature spots on the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy's 1997 "Fall Foliage on the Web" rail-trails guide.

The annual Rails to Trails Festival is held in the fall in Susanville.

There are no fees required. Recreation opportunities include:

Hiking

Mountain biking

Horseback riding (for those who own or bring their own)

Cross-country skiing

Fishing

Snowmobile riding (west of Devils Corral only)

Wildflower viewing

Wildlife viewing

Bird watching

Dog walking

To protect natural resources and provide a safe recreation experience for all, certain regulations are in effect along the trail. Please contact the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office for a map and brochure of the area.

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Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail
California

Repair Work Construction crews will begin work Wednesday, Nov. 8, repairing flood damage on a seven-mile section of the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail east of Susanville. Access through the construction sites will be closed during working hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but open during weekends and non-working hours. Learn more in our Press Release.

OverviewFollowing the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville, California to Mason Station. For the first 16 miles, the trail follows the Susan River. As it winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon, the trail crosses the river 12 times on bridges and trestles and passes through two tunnels. The landscape is a combination of semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine and fir. Most of the trail traverses the Susan River Canyon with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and reminders of the railroad and logging days of the past. The remarkable autumn colors and scenery along the Bizz Johnson Trail earned it one of eight feature spots on the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy's 1997 "Fall Foliage on the Web" rail-trails guide.

The annual Rails to Trails Festival is held in the fall in Susanville.

There are no fees required. Recreation opportunities include:

Hiking

Mountain biking

Horseback riding (for those who own or bring their own)

Cross-country skiing

Fishing

Snowmobile riding (west of Devils Corral only)

Wildflower viewing

Wildlife viewing

Bird watching

Dog walking

To protect natural resources and provide a safe recreation experience for all, certain regulations are in effect along the trail. Please contact the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office for a map and brochure of the area.

Activities
Biking
Historic Cultural Site
Camping
Interpretive Programs
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Winter Sports
Water Sports
Wildlife Viewing
Photography
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FROM RENO: Take Highway 395 North about 85 miles until it turns toward Alturas. Continue straight on the main roadway (which becomes Highway 36) into Susanville. Follow Main Street to the stop light at the bottom of the hill by Historic Uptown Susanville. Turn left on Weatherlow Street (which becomes Richmond Road) and follow 1/2 mile across Susan River to Susanville Railroad Depot Trailhead and Visitor Center.