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Bizz Johnson Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews
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Bizz Johnson Trail is a 25.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Susanville, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 25.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,748 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bike touring

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Bizz Johnson Rail Trail from Susanville is the longest rail trail in California. It is not that busy because it is fairly remote. The Lassen Land Trust and the BLM organize a shuttle service on Saturdays in June through October. It is a deal at only $3 per person with bike to get a ride to the high elevation end (almost the trail head as you must ride up a quiet country road, A-21, 3 miles to get to the trail head). See www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.or or www.blm.gov/ca/eaglelake for info. It may seem like a lot of miles, but it can go fast as most of it is downhill. There are two long tunnels, but you don't have to have a light as they put reflectors on the walls so you can see you are in the middle even though you can't see the ground. There are a number of bridges, including a long one just above highway 36.

mountain biking
17 days ago

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

mountain biking
muddy
18 days ago

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.

running
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Awesome running trail!

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

We took the bus from Susanville to Westwood & rode the entire trail. One thing we didn’t know was they drop you off near a gas on Hwy 36 & then had to ride up hill on Hwy A21 for 3 miles. No signs at all of where to turn off to get to the trail. We turned off onto a dirt road marked 101, finally found a forest work & he pointed in the right direction. At the beginning of the trail head was the only sign. Otherwise once on the trail we weren’t totally sure if we were going in the right direction. Once you get to Devil’s Corral it was marked & a great ride. I would do the entire ride again knowing where we were going, but would be nice to have the beginning marked much better.

backpacking
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Just hiked this trail from Susanville to four miles past Goumaz. It was a great hike. We started at the old railroad depot in Susanville and made it to Goumaz for a great overnight camp. Will definitely backpack it again next year all the way through. Goumaz is a great campground at the halfway point of the trail. Check it out if you can.

walking
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Great for walking just watch out for people's dogs and what their dogs leave behind. The South side trail is algreat for getting in shape for your backpacking trip it offers terrain features were the Bizz trail is flat.

mountain biking
Friday, July 14, 2017

I mountain bikes a section of the trail today and it was great. So much water right now in the Susan River.

walking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great scenic trail with lots of good views.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Great trail! Jogging stroller friendly and plenty of views to enjoy.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

This is one of the top rated rails to trails in the country and well deserved. Walk, bike or snowshoe in the winter. Start in Westwood and bike the 26 miles down for a fun and mostly downhill ride.

running
Monday, July 25, 2016

This is a nice dirt road trail thanks to the Rails to Trails project. I ran it for about 8 miles from hobo camp. It's totally flat up to that point. It's scenic all the way with ample spots to access the Susan river and cool off if needed. Partly shaded but definitely dry and hot when I ran...which was a. It late (10am) due to the Lassen brewery session the night before.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 18, 2014

I loved this trail. Took the bus to the start of it, or at least down the road from the start of it, and biked from the top to the bottom. It was remote, gorgeous and unique. Loved it.

hiking
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Great flat trail! Wish we had more time to do more of the trail. Very easy for kids and nice scenery.

fishing
Thursday, April 05, 2012

some of the best fishing you will ever enjoy.

mountain biking
Monday, September 05, 2011

Multiple trail heads give you a choice of how far you want to hike/bike/ride along the scenic Susan River.

Monday, January 29, 2007

This trail worked out great for me, I was staying in South Lake Tahoe for 2 weeks, and it only took about 2 1/2 hours to drive there. Two of us got a late start driving from Tahoe; but there were plenty of great sites just minutes away from parking. Parked just west of Lassen, CA. at the very beginning of Lassen National Forest. We started hiking west on the rail-trail; went off the trail to higher elevation to get great panoramic views of the area. Unfortunetly, this winter has not brought much snow to the Sierra Nevadas; but the peace and quiet on that late January day was amazing. The only people we saw the entire day were Sheriff's Work Crews. While that was a little unsettling at to see at first; as soon as we entered, the inmates were ordered into their bus. Overall, the trail was fine, eventhough we did not have enough daylight to walk through any of the tunnels on the trail; the Susan river and the quiet made it all worth the drive.

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