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Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

25.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Eagle Lake Trail

5.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

9.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Modoc Line Rail Trail

86 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Cinder, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The spectacular Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail runs between Westwood and Susanville in Lassen County. It cuts through the thick woodlands of the high country into the awesome Susan River...
CA 25.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Eagle Lake Trail provides a pleasant ride through pine and sage trees along the south shore of the second largest natural lake in California. The trail is located in Lassen National Forest and...
CA 5.2 mi Asphalt
The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail offers scenic views of the lake and mountains, including Lassen Volcano in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail follows 9.5 miles of the southwest shore of...
CA 9.5 mi Asphalt
The Modoc Line runs 86 miles between Wendel in the south and McArthur Siding in the north (just south of Alturas). The most scenic sections are between Likely and Madeline and Snowstorm Canyon. The...
CA 86 mi Ballast, Cinder, Gravel

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Eagle Lake Trail

CA - 5.2 miles

The Eagle Lake Trail provides a pleasant ride through pine and sage trees along the south shore of the second largest natural lake in California. The trail is located in Lassen National Forest and...

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

CA - 9.5 miles

The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail offers scenic views of the lake and mountains, including Lassen Volcano in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail follows 9.5 miles of the southwest shore of...

Modoc Line Rail Trail

CA - 86 miles

The Modoc Line runs 86 miles between Wendel in the south and McArthur Siding in the north (just south of Alturas). The most scenic sections are between Likely and Madeline and Snowstorm Canyon. The...

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

CA - 9.5 miles

The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail offers scenic views of the lake and mountains, including Lassen Volcano in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail follows 9.5 miles of the southwest shore of...

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

CA - 25.4 miles

The spectacular Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail runs between Westwood and Susanville in Lassen County. It cuts through the thick woodlands of the high country into the awesome Susan River...

Eagle Lake Trail

CA - 5.2 miles

The Eagle Lake Trail provides a pleasant ride through pine and sage trees along the south shore of the second largest natural lake in California. The trail is located in Lassen National Forest and...

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

CA - 25.4 miles

The spectacular Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail runs between Westwood and Susanville in Lassen County. It cuts through the thick woodlands of the high country into the awesome Susan River...

Modoc Line Rail Trail

CA - 86 miles

The Modoc Line runs 86 miles between Wendel in the south and McArthur Siding in the north (just south of Alturas). The most scenic sections are between Likely and Madeline and Snowstorm Canyon. The...

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

CA - 9.5 miles

The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail offers scenic views of the lake and mountains, including Lassen Volcano in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail follows 9.5 miles of the southwest shore of...

Eagle Lake Trail

CA - 5.2 miles

The Eagle Lake Trail provides a pleasant ride through pine and sage trees along the south shore of the second largest natural lake in California. The trail is located in Lassen National Forest and...

Recent Trail Reviews

Modoc Line Rail Trail

Pretty but a grueling trail

August, 2017 by granteaston

Did a few segments of this trail. From Likely took CR-64 (Jess Valley rd) turned right on W. Valley road (about 1.5 miles) and about a mile past the fire station the trail meets with the road and about 200' further is a nice area to park. The trail is very soft dirt, with lots of rodent holes and little shade but it is pretty, did about 5 miles up the hill going back down was tough with the soft dirt and holes.

Next drove to Madeline and picked up the trail heading north (uphill), here is it all railroad ballast and almost impossible to ride. Gave up at 2.5 miles and rode 395 back into town.

Finally, took trail from Likely south bound (again uphill). A bit more packed for the first couple of miles, but still lots of rodent holes. After the gate the trail gets soft again (seems to be lots of rancher traffic digging it up) with more rodent holes.

This could be a really beautiful trail but needs some work, otherwise it is better for horses and ATVs.

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Beautiful Sled Run

June, 2017 by danomccollam

My wife and I are in our mid fifties. We started from the Mason Station outside of Westwood. The first 5-7 miles were difficult on our hybrids. I definitely would recommend having a mountain bike. The path surface was deep gravel-type rock that our bikes kept sinking into. Picture jogging on a loose sand beach--it felt like that.

Then we hit the more worn path with the 4% downgrade. The final 20 miles was like a beautiful sled run. We hardly had to peddle. The surface changed many times as did the scenery and the terrain. There were many road obstacles to steer around like trees down and huge ruts, but the majority of the path was smooth sailing.

I would definitely do this again, but probably start farther up the trail and avoid the first few miles. Another noteworthy observation is that the city bus that takes you back to Westwood only runs three times a day and can carry only three bikes at a time. We took the 12:10 bus and there were five bikes wanting to get on. Some people had to leave one person behind with the bikes and go get the vehicles in Westwood.

Overall it was a very beautiful and positive experience and we would definitely do this again.

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Fall Color Spectacular

October, 2016 by blsilvey

We just got back from the Fall Color Ride organized by BLM at the end of October on the Biz Johnson. We met at the Railroad Depot in Susanville at 8am on Saturday and loaded bikes in a truck and about 20 people in a very nice bus. They drove us up to the top of the trail at Mason Station while Stan Bale from BLM, who has been a 30 year champion of the Biz, filled us in on the history of the line and trail.

The first 10 miles are slightly up grade or down through a pine forest, without much color, and you do have to keep an eye out for rocks. We never encountered any loose sand or gravel that gave us any trouble riding hybrids.

From the first of twelve Susan River crossings 2.5 miles above Goumaz, the ride is easy and spectacular with lots of color and beautiful rock cliffs as you crisscross the Susan and pass through two great tunnels on your way down to the Depot.

We started riding at 10am, had a nice lunch at the Goumaz rest area, and stopped many times to take pictures and enjoy the view. We were back to our car at 3pm. One Hint: after you cross the longest trestle at Devils Corral there is a sign directing you down a steep grade to pass under Hy 36. Instead, you can stay on the rail grade, open AND close a large green gate, and walk carefully across the highway and right back on to the trail. Much easier.

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Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

parking area at Depot was a mess

September, 2016 by dovie.pickering

We rode our horses on the Bizz. We parked in the dirt lot across from the Depot. The lot was full of trash and dog poop. We always pick up after our horses in parking lots. Why can't dog owners do the same. The Bizz trail is the best and Susanville is a nice town.

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Great trail, with some reservations

June, 2016 by ludwig131

I rode the whole trail over two days recently. The part from Susanville to Goumaz Campground is great. Excellent scenery, including benches thoughtfully placed to feature particularly nice views. From Goumaz to Westwood the trail becomes a bit rocky. Even with my hybrid, I've ridden rougher trails, but I had to keep my eyes on the ground ahead of me instead of enjoying the scenery. I did not encounter sand as a previous reviewer had, so maybe they fixed that. On this part of the trail you are in forest instead of river gorge, but still nice. I solved the rough trail problem by taking one of the Forest Service roads back to Westwood Junction and picking up the trail from there. Have access to a good map if you do that as those roads are confusing. There is a good map at Mason Junction. Also, I did not like the look of the paved road from the end of the trail into Westwood. Not much shoulder, 55 mph and large pickups and RVs whizzing along. I try to avoid those roads whenever possible. So I turned around at Mason. Later I drove the road to confirm my judgement.

I've ridden many rail trails and this one definitely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

fantastic trail save one exception

October, 2015 by arcterra

The scenery, bridges and tunnels were awesome. The trail, regrettably, has a fare amount of 3/4 to 1 inch gravel laid down as repairs. Makes for a rough ride in anything short of a mountain bike. It is a shame that, at least, the canyon section is not paved.

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Fantastic Scenary

October, 2015 by loneviking61

I camped at Goumaz campground, the halfway point on the trail. From there I went south to Susanville and back. The trail is easiest from Westwood going south to Susanville as it's all downhill. Coming from Susanville, it's a steady 2-4% grind pretty much all the way to Westwood.

The trail surface is hardpacked granite. I rode it two days after heavy rains and the trail was dry. I was on a rigid bike with 700x38 tires. Anything from 700 x 35 on up should be fine. Mountain bikes would be more fun as there are side trails to explore and the bigger tires give more cushion against the bumpy surface.

Beautiful scenary. The Devils Corral trestle is really neat, you're up high looking all over the area. Most of the trestles along with the two tunnels are on the portion of the trail south of Hwy 36.

Restrooms? There's one less than a mile out of Susanville, and the next one is a Goumaz campground--so plan accordingly. And about those shuttles--they aren't reliable. I met the BLM fellow that maintains the trail and he showed me where the bus stop was so I could shuttle up to another road closer to Goumaz to get back to camp. The bus never showed up, so, have a Plan B ready.

Water? The stream, so bring a filter and pump water if you need too. Lots of nice places to stop with benches to sit on too. Bring a camera as the scenary is spectacular.

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

Beautiful views but be ready for hills

July, 2015 by wannarun4life

Based on the description and previous reviews, I expected this to be a fairly level, meandering paved trail with a few gentle hills. Well, after traveling the entire trail I would have to say there are barely any flat spots at all. The elevation gain is 1,322 feet, but it is mostly up and down, up and down. It is a very scenic trail but just be prepared for a bit of climbing. The trail itself was all paved, and aside from pine needles and a few fallen sticks it was great. My GPS said the entire loop was 22.92 miles.

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

Great ride but use caution

July, 2015 by rwustrack

Love this trail and ride it frequently.
Not as well maintained as in years past so watch for debris on trail and blind sharp corners where brush has grown to 6' tall or so. All in all a terrific ride !
Climbs toward north third can be difficult for young kids or infrequent riders.

Modoc Line Rail Trail

Riding our side by side on the Modoc line

June, 2015 by craig vh

In late May of 2015 we took our Rzr (side by side) on the Modoc line. Beautiful country! Sure glad they allow motorized vehicles on this rails to trails as there is a lot of very remote country. We went 74 miles that day and didn't cover it all. We had a lot of fun just being out in remote country, taking our time, stopping often to take pictures and to have lunch. I'm glad we have places like this to go to. Thanks to everyone that put a lot of work into making this happen.

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Great trail going downhill

April, 2015 by fredinvictoria

We just did much of this trail. We had considered taking the bus and beginning in Westwood so it would all be down hill. But we began on a Sunday when there is no bus. So we started in Susanville and the trail seemed great for a few hours. Then it got steeper and the surface a little more difficult. We road to where the trail crosses Hwy 36. A very nice ride. Here we turned around and went back to Susanville coasting downhill for quite a while. The next day we drove to the parking lot at Hwy 36 and went toward Westwood to do more of the trail. This was a mistake. The surface is very soft with some rocks. Even walked through some sand in places. And the steepness became much more noticeable. We were even against the wind. Went on for a few hours and decided it was beautiful but a little more work than we were interested in. So we turned around at the Goumaz campground. Downhill the surface is not a problem if you are okay controlling in sandy surface. I would do it again when I can start in Westwood. Also we had a minor bike problem at one point and asked a number of people where the bike shop was. They said the old bike shop closed and didn't know of any other. Then we did find someone who knew of a new bike shop. Rooptown bikes on Roop St. They were very helpful. Apparently they were in the phone book white pages but not the yellow pages.

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

great trail

November, 2014 by bowser5x5

Great trail, unlike any I've ever ridden. Started in Susanville on a beautiful November day. The caboose trail head has ample parking & an interpretive to give a little background. The trail gets off to a gravelly start but soon turns into a packed gravel/dirt/mixed hard-pack sand surface. Perfect for mountain bikes, hybrids or cross bikes, which is what I rode on this ride - a road bike would be torture. Riding up grade, you can tell you're going up, if barely perceptible, but it isn't too taxing. The scenic beauty is great - you have the clear river running alongside, basalt cliffs & rock/boulder fields, hard wood, pine & cedar forests, meadows spreading out here & there. The trail crosses numerous bridges & through two cold, dark tunnels. There are plenty of handmade wooden benches to when you want to take a break, lots of paths down to the river if you want to fish or take a dip & mileage markers all along so you always know exactly where you are on the trail. I turned around at the 21-mile mark & then it was back down & you realize that you really were going up hill – it’s a breeze coming back. This is a wonderful trail for any type of rider, young or old or anywhere in between.

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