"Bizz" Johnson (Rails-to-) Trail (Susanville, NE Calif)
OTE Ratings: O4/T1/E1+
Distance: up to 30 miles
Time: up to 6 hours
Rails-to-trail conversion, gentle grades, pretty views.
Pretty country. Two train tunnels.
Directions to the start
East of Lassen National Park, take SR-36 to Susanville.
Once you're in town, turn south onto Richmond Road.
The well-marked trailhead is within 1/2 mile south of 36.
The article I read said "the six miles closest to Susanville are the
most stunning ... as the trail hugs the spectacular Susan River
canyon." Well, "spectacular" wouldn't be the word I'd use, but it was
pretty, and was a fun and easy ride in pretty country. I rode about
11 miles up from Susanville, through the two tunnels, and climbed a
bit over 800 feet. For me, the highlight was the beautiful view of
Bunnell Ranch. The other highlight was turning around and going back
down -- despite the mildness of the grade, heading downhill made a big
speed difference. Total ride for me was about 23 miles.
The trail is actually 30 miles long, so if you like you can make this
a sixty-mile, all-dirt-riding day. Or a car shuttle would allow you
to make it a thirty-downhill-miles ride. The upper end of the
trail is in the little town of Westwood, on county route A-21.
That trailhead is at the town park, where there are big
statues of Paul Bunyan and the blue ox "Babe".
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