Bizz Johnson Trail

photo: Tunnel on the Bizz Johnson Trail, near Susanville, CA; photo by Dana Buzzelli, International Youth Leadership Foundation

Length: 25.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing

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Location: Connects Susanville W and S to Westwood and Mountain Meadows Reservoir.
State(s): California
Counties: Lassen
Longitude: -120.86248
Latitude: 40.41374

Driving Directions

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Following the old Fernley and Lassen branch line of the Southern Pacific Railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from the Susanville Railroad Depot to the Mason Station trailhead north of Westwood.

Most of the trail runs through the rugged Susan River Canyon with its beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and reminders of the railroad logging days of the past. Horseback riders, hikers, joggers, and mountain bicyclists use the trail. In snowy winter months, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers use the upper reaches.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 4%
Elevation Low Point: 4,300
Elevation High Point: 5,000
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: USFS/BLM Trail Map
Website: BLM Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Elizabeth Norton
Lassen National Forest
2550 Riverside Dr
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-2151
[email protected]

Tammy Benner
477-050 Eagle Lake Rd
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-1488
[email protected]



 Looking over the Susan River from the trail. Photo by Dana Buzzelli.

Looking over the Susan River from the trail. Photo by Dana Buzzelli.

 Photo by Dana Buzzelli.

Photo by Dana Buzzelli.


I can see why its in the Rail Trail Hall of Fame

My partner and I rode the entire 25.5 miles from Mason Station back to Susanville last fall. We were able to catch a ride from the local bus service from Susanville up to a gas station just outside of the charming town of Westwood. Once dropped off we were a little confused as where to go, then we saw the sign stating the "trailhead" was 3 miles down the road (A-21). We were not prepared for a road section but the route was flat and we only saw 1 car. There is a nice shaded trailhead at Mason Station with restrooms. The trail starts of with a slight incline for a few miles, this section was a little lose too, a skinny tire road-bike would not be recommended for this section but our hybrid bikes were fine. Once the trail starts descending the tread improves and you are quickly following alongside the Susan River. The lower 9 miles was by far our favorite (Devils Corral to Susanville). The ride is an easy slight decline winding through the beautiful river canon. Rock outcrops, tunnels, wildlife, amazing fall colors, swimming holes and few people! What a wonderful trail. The bus shuttle was nice too, after a day of riding we ended up right back at our car!

May 12, 2020



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