California Shasta Cascade Trinity Visitor Information

Bizz Johnson Trail, Susanville

The Bizz Johnson Trail is in northeastern California, along the Susan River in Lassen County. The main trail head is at the old Railroad Depot in the City of Susanville, about 90 miles north of Reno and about 90 miles east of Red Bluff, California.

Description:
Following the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville to Mason Station. For the first 16 miles, the trail follows the Susan River. As it winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon, the trail crosses the river 12 times on bridges and trestles and passes through two tunnels. The landscape is a combination of semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine and fir. The trail then follows existing roads an additional 4.5 miles into Westwood, where a railroad station type kiosk and a 25-foot carved redwood statue of Paul Bunyan mark the Westwood trailhead.

The trail has four distinct seasons because of the high elevation location.  The trail begins at 4200′ on the east side of the Sierra and Cascade Ranges in Susanville, climbs 1300′ to a high point of 5500′ at Westwood Junction then drops 400′ to its terminus in Westwood at elevation 5100′.  Check current conditions before planning a trip on the trail by calling (530) 257-0456.

Recreation opportunities include:

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Horseback riding (for those who own or bring their own)
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing
  • Snowmobile riding (west of Devils Corral only)
  • Wildflower viewing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Birdwatching

 

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