Bizz Johnson Trail - Trail, Susanville, California

Bizz Johnson Trail - Trail, Susanville, California

DESCRIPTION

This prototype for the national rails to trails program, uses the old roadbed of the Southern Pacific Railroad's Fernley/Lassen line. Today one half of the trail is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Forestry, while the second half is under the control of the Bureau of Land Management. It is named for U.S. Congressman Harold T. 'Bizz' Johnson, who pioneered the Rail/Trail legislation. This trail runs from the town of Susanville, west approximately 25 miles to the town of Westwood. In between is some of the most senic lands in all of northeastern California. The trail itself is a mixture of gravel and dirt, and runs at no more than a 3% grade as it climbs from the high desert terrain of Susanville, up into the Sierras towards Westwood. The route parallels the Susan River for about the first 13 miles to the halfway point at Goumaz. The trail crosses the Susan River in several places and all of the old railroad bridges have been restored and are used as part of the trail. There are also two original railroad tunnels within the first 7 miles. West of Goumaz, the trail passes through the beautiful Lassen National Forest.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 14, 2013]
wildnv
Cross Country Rider

The top 18 miles of the trail is just a road threw the trees. The bottom 7 miles is amazing not only that the south side trail runs into the Bizz Johnson and is a great single track. Anyone can ride the Bizz Johnson it takes no technical skill and has great scenery between Susanville and Devils Coral.

It is difficult to stay awake wile riding the top 18 miles.

Customer Service

Susanville to Devils Coral and back

Similar Products Used:

South side trail, Flum, North Trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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2
[Aug 18, 2003]
Shawn
Racer

This is a Wonderful Trail. Unlike the rider below from Sacramento, I knew this Trail would have no technical difficulty so I had no expectations of wicked rock drop-offs, switchback descents, etc.. This is a Great Trail for everyone - casual riders, families & even aggresive riders. The trail has essentialy no technical challenge but it passes through somw wonderful areas of forested pines and mountain scenery. Trail signs along the route describe the history of the old railbed you are riding on. Definitely a facinating ride through history. The tunnels near Susanville add a nice touch to the adventure of the ride although on your return you may wish to take the short alternate trails around the tunnels just to do so The ride starting point in Susanville has water and other liquids available as well as snacks and bike rentals. The person I talked to was extremely helpful and was going to lend me a set of tire levers for free until I discovered I did bring mine. If you have a chance, plan on riding this Trail and be sure to thank the Trail people in Susanville. Also remember that this is a Rails-to-Trails project and support this great program.

Customer Service

For begining novice riders, you may wish to enter the Trail at Goumaz off of Hwy 44 about 12 miles up the trail. you can then ride the Trail downhill back into Susanville. You will need to have someone shuttle your car back to Susanville. Intermediate riders may wish to start at Mason Station on the far end and ride back into Susanville. again a car shuttle will be necessary. Advanced intermediate, expert riders and racers may want to do the entire Trail to Westwood and back. The total distance is 59.7 miles and is a great big ring LSD training ride.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 08, 1999]
Jon Johnson

I rode this trail in June 99 and found it to be very, very straight. This coupled with the fact that there is no overhead cover made the ride somewhat boring. I realize the trail was previously a railway, but I guess these trails don't offer much in the way left and right challenges.

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3
VALUE
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[Oct 08, 1999]
Tom Doyle

A wide, well maintined, easy grade is what you will find as you climb from the high desert terrain of Susanville into the northern Sierra Nevadas and the Lassen National Forest. Two great old railroad tunnels to pass through within the first seven miles. There are also several old iron and stell truss bridges that span the Susan River. All have been restored to allow trail passage. Both times I have ridden this trail, I see very few people, and have to keep an eye open for Mountain Lions (saw 2 in one day on this last trip). Bring plenty of water, as it is very dry and hot during the summer months. Have not ridden in the fall or winter, but I hear that this area gets plenty of snow. This is a great XC ride for dual suspension owners. I can't wait to get my dualie up there next year.

Customer Service

Start at the Miller Road trailhead in Susanville, and ride out to Westwood Junction and back (a 50mi round trip)

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 02, 2001]
Ney

Very easy, flat dirt / packed gravel road. But excellent scenery. My wife and I took our kids, ages 7 and 9 on this trail and did an overnighter. What an excellent trip to introduce kids or perhaps beginners. Super trip.

One star if you are looking for technical singletrack, five stars if you are looking for a long backcountry bike trail. In fact, we know of no other trail like this in CA.

Customer Service

They have a bus that will take you to the top. We paid someone from the visitor's center to shuttle us up.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 21, 2002]
Steve

Rode this trail with a friend on a Saturday in July 2000. Absolutely a beautiful ride if into scenery. We started from the top and worked our way into Susanville. Each of us had full suspension bikes which made the ride painless although the trail was smooth and the full suspension was not needed. I will echo the sentiments of bringing plenty of water and the proper equipment. You can become alone out there in a hurry and it is a 25 mile trail.

I'd do it again if the opportunity presents itself.

5 stars for the sheer beauty, 1 star for the technical aspect averages to 3 stars.

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3
VALUE
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[Feb 22, 2002]
Dave

Easy ride averages a 3% grade. About 1/2 the trail follows the Susan River and is very scenic in the Fall. Fascinating geologic formations. Interpretive signs along the way recount the history along the trail. The trail goes through some old railroad tunnels in the lower reaches.

Susanville to Westwood is the uphill direction. From the old railroad depot in Susanville (now an interpretive center) catch a shuttle to the Westwood trailhead and ride back to Susanville.

BLM sponsors interpretive guided rides several times per year.

Customer Service

The trail is about 25 miles long, depending on exactly where you start and stop -- 50 mi. round trip.

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OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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[Apr 30, 2002]
Jon

Once is all it took to ride this "trail". It may as well be paved with absolutely no difficulty. Riding a sidewalk through a major city is more challenging.

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1
VALUE
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[May 05, 2002]
steve davis

Started this ride from the Gomez trailhead. there where numerous rocks on the trail from Gomez to the Devils crossing/hwy 36 trailhead.
might be due to winter snows.
From there into Susanville a great ride.
enjoyed the tunnels

Customer Service


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5
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