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|Trail Image||Trail Name||States||Length||Surface||Rating|
This 13 mile, non-motorized, multi-use trail is currently being improved to create a smoother tread surface for equestrians, hikers and bikers. It extends from downtown Chester where it crosses Main...
|CA||13 mi||Ballast, Dirt, Gravel||
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...
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...
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||
Wow, what a special trail (rail trail) experience this is, I don’t know if you could find a more perfect setting, from the river run views to the trestles and tunnels it is spectacular! I rode it on my gravel bike and loved every minute, even the second time was just as special, can’t wait to go back and fish! If I could make one suggestion; work on updating the pass through gates, the more you can make them passable without dismounting would be appreciated.
Done. 32.5 miles total although the downhill part wasn’t that hard, just bumpy. Overall rating: not that impressed. Now, it is fantastic that they’ve preserved it for bikes/pedestrians/equestrians, but the scenery and two tunnels and one big trestle (rebuilt after a fire) and the trail itself pale in comparison to the Trail of the CdA’s. After crossing the big trestle over the river, you still have to ride/walk your bike down a steep section and then back up to cross under a highway. Yuk. And - while I was only supposed to do 18-20 miles, the bus couldn’t drop me off where they said they could. So instead of just the downhill part I did the whole thing. But I survived. Wouldn’t do it again by myself. My bike performed well too which was another of my big concerns. Check this one off my list. I’m so blessed to live so close to the Trail of the CdA’s!
After all of the hoopla about this trail being named to the Rail Trail Hall of Fame, we made a point of riding it on our way back to SoCal after a trip to Oregon in June of 2016.
Perfect weather, beautiful river views, stately pines, and a gentle incline from Susanville made the ride a joy. The tunnels and bridge crossings add to the fun, and the forest and mountains provided enough shade to keep us cool on our morning ride.
Even though the grade is gentle, it was steep enough and gravelly enough that my fifty-eight year old wife said she was done by the time we reached Devil's Corral, so we semi-coasted back down to Susanville with new pleasant memories of yet another commendable Rail Trail experience.
We are traveling through 48 states. In each state, we're biking our tandem bicycle 50 miles. The Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail looked perfect for us.
But: NO! At every road crossing, the trail includes two pairs of offset gates; we'd have to dismount, go through a gate, and then re-mount to ride. After 24 sets of gates, we gave up.
I rode the first half of this trail west from Susanville to the Goumaz trailhead and campground, and back east to Susanville. The trail features beautiful scenery in the Lassen National Forest, running along the banks of the Susan River. This trail is a must-ride, clearly meriting its acclaim in the Rail Trail Hall of Fame! The roughly 1% grade barely is noticeable traveling westward, and is a wonderful tailwind when heading east. A special shuttle bus the local transit authority operates runs east from clearly-marked stops in Susanville out to the rural trailheads, where you can ride the entire trail eastward on the downhill grade. We observed several cyclists doing this, and for many people this would be preferable to riding the entire trail 50 miles out-and-back in the same outing.
The trail surface is packed gravel with a few rough spots and washed-out areas. Certainly would recommend a hardtail mountain bike.
As another reviewer noted, the trail inexplicably ends with no markings at the Devil's Corral trailhead just east of highway 36. I spent 30 minutes walking around, surveying the area, and finally convincing myself to use a craggy singletrack dirt trail that runs westward under highway 36 and picks-up the Bizz Johnson immediately west of the highway. To much confusion, the detour is marked only on the west side of highway 36, not on the east side. The detour appears to be in-place for safety reasons, where traffic flows fast on the highway and cyclists would be encouraged to walk or bike across the highway in front of oncoming traffic. The detour singletrack trail is steep and craggy, and most riders will want to "hike-a-bike" this approximately 0.25 mile section of trail.
We started at the Susanville station and went west. At mile 7, HWY 36, the trail stopped and there were no signs to tell us where to go. We finally made our way down an embankment, under the highway and up the other side; the trail under HWY 36 was narrow and dangerous. The rail/trail picked up on the other side of the highway. Coming back, we went around a barrier, opened a fence along HWY 36 and crossed the highway to the other side. The trail was interesting between Susanville and HWY 36. West of the 36, it was straight and not very interesting. The grade going west was almost unnoticeable and coming back, when we were tired, it was a big help. The surface of the trail was good for the first seven miles and was a little rough from thereon.
We are from out of town and we only took very short walks on the trail starting at 2 of the access points. Even though the brochure for the trail asks people to pick up after their dogs, it is clear that many do not. There is dog poop along the trail and is very distasteful! I would recommend that this trail become off limits for the dogs. Many owners just won;t follow rules. Dog poop and unleashed dogs! Other than that, it is a very nice trail.
A great ride to finally make it to the "Bizz". We rode up from the depot 7 miles in to Devils Corral. We hit paydirt on the perfect fall weather. Had the trail to ourselves mostly. My husband and I celebrating an anniversary.
We still like a decent bike adventure at 62 and 70 and this ride delivered it!
The trail was easy with a slight uphill for a decent workout. All along the Susan River, crossing bridges, riding through 2 tunnels and enjoying gorgeous fall leaves and aromatic pine trees. So much fun. We drove 10 hours from So. Cal to finally experience this wondeful trail! If you want to experience nature at its best in fall, a ride that's not difficult, and glide down hill all the way back, ride the "Bizz"!
We have a house nearby so we use this trail in all seasons. Cool in the summer as most of it is in the trees and shade.
In the dead of winter it's great for X-country or snowshoeing.
If you have issues with the rolling terrain (very mild grades) you probably need to refined yourselves to walking or bicycling around town.
This is an easy all-weather trail and it hugs the west shoreline the majority of the time.
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.
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.
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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