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Chris McGovern reviewed Caribou Wilderness Area Trails
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Backpacking

This is a great Figure 8 loop. We hiked in from Cone Lake Trailhead and set up camp at the base of Turnaround Lake. That freed us up to do the larger loop down to Caribou without packs. Great weather, no bugs, hardly any incline and Lake after lake after lake with plenty of great camping spots. Highly recommend.

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Judy Salter reviewed Heart Lake Trail
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Much of the trail is thru blowdown and looks rather desolate. So much fuel on the ground that it made me nervous about lightening strikes. Lovely patches of wildflowers here and there and 2 areas of creek access for dogs to drink. Heart lake is really pretty but didn’t seem like a good place to camp. I think it is a good day hike. Parts were strenuous for me due to altitude but I enjoyed it. It is mostly uphill so coming down is a breeze

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Shon Tamblyn reviewed Bizz Johnson Trail
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Wife and I mountain biked this trail. My wife has never mountain biked before, and although I occasionally ride off rode this would be my first long distance off-road ride. After conducting research this seemed like the ideal novice ride. We decided to drive to the Susanville Walmart and catch the Lassen Transit Bus. The plan was to shuttle out the the western most point, of the trail and ride back to Susanville. Once we hit the Susanville terminus of the trail, we would ride 3 miles or so to our car. On Saturday, the first bus starts at Walmart and arrives at 8:20. (check bus routes as the schedule is different M-F and no bus on Sunday). The bus has room for 6 bikes (a rack that fits 3 on the front) and it can fit 3 in the back provided their is no wheelchair rider. The bus costs $3 per person for the full route as of the date of this review. if you get off at Devil's corral (half-way point), it is only $2 per person. We were the only two riders that got on at Walmart. The bus picked up several trail riders along the way, and also a representative from BLM that provided a historical overview of the trail. We were the only two riders that rode the bus all the way to the western most point of the trail. The bus driver was friendly and very knowledgeable of the local area. Everyone else either got off at the half-way point. or 3/4ths of the way. We did hit road construction that delayed us about 30 minutes. Although "Mason Station" is not listed on the bus route, we learned from the driver that within the last month, they were given permission to drive to Mason Station which is the Western most point of the Bizz Johnson Trail. Dropping us off at the trail-head saved us a 3.5 mile steep uphill highway climb from Westwood. It might be a good idea to ask the driver if you plan to use this method to access the trail. There were pit toilets available at the trail-head. My wife and I were riding hybrid "Kona" bikes with tires in-between the width of a traditional road bike and that of a mountain bike. I had front shocks, my wife's bike had no shocks. The trail was very wide and easy to follow. the trail was packed dirt or gravel for the most part, and was fairly easy to ride. Most of the trail could be riden "side-by-side" but a few sections overgrown with brush were better navigated single-file. Neither of us had any complaints about the smoothness of the ride. My wife had a bit of trouble at first, unaccustomed to riding off-road, but she quickly got comfortable with it and gained her confidence. The ride from Mason Station starts with a slight uphill ride for about 10 miles. The slope was so gentle, we barely even noticed we were riding up hill. The last 15 miles was pretty much down hill the entire way to Susanville. Again...it was a gentle slope and easy to control the bikes. The trail passed through scenic forests, near ranches, over trestle bridges and through train tunnels. We were a bit apprehensive about the ride as neither of us has done anything like this before...and the weather forecast indicated a hot day, with highs in the 90s. The ride went great, and the heat was not a significant factor. We brought what we thought was plenty of food and water (Two bottles each). I also brought a water filter just in case we needed more, and good thing I did, because we ended up needing it! Unfortunately many of the river crossings were too high up from the river and did not offer safe access to the water. In some earlier points of the ride, the water we might have been able to access appeared a bit stagnant, and we chose to keep riding looking for a better source. Eventually, We found what we were looking for, some easy to access flowing water, just a few miles short of the end of the trail. We probably could have made it back to our car without water just fine... or even retrieved water at a sketchier location earlier in the ride, but it was nice to have the extra water to help us make the ride through the town a bit more tolerable. We really enjoyed this ride and this trail, and we plan to do it again. Perhaps next time we will camp on the trail or do this ride in more moderate temperatures. While Walmart provided a great place to start the day with shady parking, and easy to access food and bathroom facilities, there is a parking area/bus station closer to the Susanville side of the trail-head that might help folks avoid city riding, and allow them to just stick to the trail. If Susanville wasn't such an "out of the way" location in far North Eastern California, I suspect that this would be a much more popular ride. As it was.. we only saw one small group of riders the entire time we were on the trail.

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I R reviewed Bizz Johnson Trail
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HikingRockyScramble

walked Bizz trail East towards Susanville. At 4.35 miles take right on South Side Trail and hike single track trail back to Devil's Corral. Bring lots of water, good photo opportunities along the way.

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Brent Hsieh reviewed Heart Lake Trail
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Backpacking

Beautiful hike with gorgeous wildflowers (Kelley's Lily, monkshood, Sierra daisy, Columbine, Paintbrush, etc.) along the creek. However, this is not a great mid-late season backpacking destination as the outlet creek was bone dry by mid-July. The lake, while beautiful, was not great for filtering so we backtracked to the spring fed creek about 1/3 of a mile back along the trail. Highly recommend as a day hike but not for camping at the lake unless it's early in the season and you're sure to have good water.

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I R reviewed Bizz Johnson Trail
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

walked from Devil's Corral East down Bizz trail through both tunnels to about 3.5 miles past second tunnel to South Side Trail located at Twin Bridges. Hiked South Side Trail (single track) back to Devil's Corral. total hike is about 13.5 miles. my recording is not 100% accurate because lost GPS signal part of hike. worth the long hike-walk, bring food & lots of water with you. great views, on both trails, lots of picture taking opportunities.

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Chas Haworth reviewed Bizz Johnson Trail
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Running

I ran on this trail for only a couple of miles out and back from the Susanville train depot. It is an excellent running trail on the old real road right of way along the river.

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Hiking

The trail is gorgeous. A very long lot of beautiful lakes. Though, there are swarms of hungry mosquitoes, so a repellent won’t hurt.

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David Sandbrook reviewed Heart Lake Trail
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HikingGreat!

Trail in good shape. One downed rotten log easily navigated. The one stream crossing (unnnamed tributary from Twin Meadow the North Fork Digger) has some logs placed for a crossing. Very few mosquitoes at the lake. Flowers were past peak but still plenty of color.

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JACKIE PORTILLO reviewed Bizz Johnson Trail
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Mountain biking

Left at Westwood—Mason trailhead—and rode to Susanville. Nice 27 mile ride, good weather. Thick gravel for about 3 miles from Mason. Great scenery.

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This is a beautiful and secluded lake. The trail is through rather dense fallen trees and debris so it would not be easy to do much off trail exploring. I have rarely encountered other hikers here, but I have seen bear activity .

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Vicki Truehill reviewed Bizz Johnson Trail
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Backpacking

Backpacked from trail head in Westwood to hwy 36. Overnight at Goumaz campground. 19.1 miles. Trail was flat, weather warm with little snow. Campground was empty. Nice hike for a beginner. Seen a few deer.

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gina murphy reviewed Heart Lake Trail
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Hiking

Drove up from Redding only to find the bridge out and unable to get to it. 10/19/19. Took Mineral Rd from 44. From the looks of it, it’s gonna be awhile. Bummer

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Brett A reviewed Heart Lake Trail
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Hiking

-Good dog to do with a dog. -The hike is almost all uphill on the way to the lake which offers a nice downhill walk on the way back to the car. -the drive in is long with about 10 miles of gravel roads to get to the trail head. It takes about 2 hours to get there from Redding. -took me about 1.5 hours to reach the lake and 1 hour to get back to the car.

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Tom Miller reviewed Bizz Johnson Trail
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Mountain biking

Rode from susanville up to devils Corral. Trail conditions were great. Some color showing up in the trees.

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Tom Miller reviewed Bizz Johnson Trail
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Mountain bikingMuddy

Did the middle half today going towards susanville. Nothing spectacular as far as scenery goes. Trail was average for this kind of trail. Helpful signage was non existent for Westwood junction or for where to turn off #44 for Westwood junction or Gomez. Tomorrow the 1/4 from susanville.

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Hiking

Nice fairly easy hike. There were some downed trees to climb over but not to tough.

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Dan Simmons reviewed Caribou Wilderness Area Trails
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Hiking

Excellent trip. Lakes everywhere. Saw maybe 6 other hikers. Camped at emerald lake.

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BackpackingBlowdownWashed out
First to Review

We never made it to the lake from this trailhead. We ended up setting up camp next to the creek around 3.5 miles in and exploring from there. The trail is difficult to follow in many places and impossible in others due to all the fallen trees and debris. We spent a lot of time trying to figure out where the trail went or just using gps to go in the correct general direction. The upsides were we did not see another soul backpacking for three nights, and off trail exploring can be done almost as easily as walking on the trail.

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Trish Arbogast reviewed Heart Lake Trail
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HikingOff trailRocky

I would recommend this trail for dogs on leash. The last crossing was a bit difficult for an older pup. In July the snow was gone, the trail was dry and the lake was in good view. Be sure to have good trail maps to get their and to follow, gps was minimal.

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Hiking

Lots of fun with the scouts. Tried to fish but did not see anything larger than 2”. Trail is EZ. Mostly level ground. Nice sites with fire pits. Be sure to get a campfire permit online or at the ranger station. Great beginner hiking or backpacking. Remote and beautiful.

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Al Fialho reviewed Heart Lake Trail
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HikingBlowdownOff trail

There’s no sign at the trailhead to let you know that you’re where you should be.Basically it’s nine miles in from 44. Beginning the trail it’s easily followed. However within a mile the trail gets lost in all the blowdown mess. They’ll be a few creek crossings along the way, but nothing major. We used gps to get us there. Once there it’s a pretty lake. Shallow and without fish. Tough walking around the entire lake. More of the same blowdown. Good enough once, but wouldn’t do it again.

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Erika Puckett reviewed Heart Lake Trail
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Hiking

Looking for the couple walking their three unleashed dogs yesterday who bit my dog in the face

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