- Susanville, Westwood
- 25+ miles
- Aerobic Difficulty:
- Time To Allow:
- 4+ hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 5500 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 4200 feet to 5500 feet
- Elevation Change:
- -1300 feet
- Spring - Fall
The Bizz Johnson Trail was the very first Rails to Trails project in the United States. Once the old Southern Pacific Fernley-Lassen Line, the Bizz Johnson Trail was named for the congressman who pioneered the legislation needed to facilitate converting old railroad grades to recreational trail systems.
Encompassing 25 miles of converted railroad grade, the Bizz Johnson Trail is most often ridden by mountain bikers one way with a car shuttle. Mostly downhill if ridden from Westwood and meandering through the Susan River Canyon the majority of its length, the Bizz Johnson Trail is an enjoyable ride for advancing beginner level riders and up. The Bizz Johnson Trail travels through high desert and Ponderosa forest as it makes its way to Susanville.
The Bizz Johnson Trail features six-access points, allowing riders a variety of ride length options. The Bizz Johnson Trail can also be ridden as an out and back trail, bumping the mileage to over 50 and possibly requiring a camp night out on the trail.
Can be shortened by starting at different trailheads. Mileage stated involves car shuttle. Out and back would double mileage
Time To Allow:
Time can be shortened by accessing different trailheads
Downhill for majority of ride
Trail ends at 4200
The Bizz Johnson Trail is multi-use and riders should understand and practice appropriate right of way protocol. Riders should also carry a first aid kit, bike repair kit and extra water and food.
To reach the Westwood trailhead and the suggested start of the trail: From Westwood take Ash Street North across Highway 36. Follow Ash Street for about 3 more miles to Dirt Road 101 on the right. Pass Dirt road 101 and look for Maston Station ¼ mile further along on the left. This is the trailhead.
To reach the Susanville trailhead and the suggested finish of the trail: From Susanville take South Street to the Hobo Camp Trailhead at its end