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South Side Trail

Intermediate

Trail

7.2 mile 11.6 kilometer point to point
100% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 883' 269 m
Descent: -525' -160 m
High: 4,671' 1,424 m
Low: 4,288' 1,307 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by joel rathje

Spectacular singletrack in the Susan River Canyon

joel rathje

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Non-motorized, multi-use

Overview

This is by far the most scenic, fun singletrack anywhere around. Rock, dirt, and water. Fall is amazing here.

Need to Know

In this unusual "winter," the trail is surprisingly good. There are a few places where the trail needs some work, but it is oddly accessible in a time of year when it would normally be inaccessible..

Description

This amazing singletrack connects to the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail and is great for groups with different skills. From Susanville, this ride starts at a BLM day use area called Hobo Camp. There is a good swimming hole, fishing, picnic areas, and restrooms.

The South Side Trail begins as narrow, hand-built singletrack next to the upper parking area. The trail twists and turns along the contour and crosses an old dirt road. The trail follows the rim above the Susan River for 2 miles and gets better and better the whole way.

There are short climbs with rewarding downhill sections all the way to Devil's Corral, which is a trailhead just west of Susanville off of State HWY 36. The South Side Trail features long sections of trail that flow seamlessly through basalt lava flows and evergreen glades along the beautiful Susan River. Riders will see the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail across the canyon while riding.

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Jul 25, 2019
Christine Barker
Jul 17, 2017
Freja Evans
Fun fun
Jun 5, 2017
Becca Brooke
May 1, 2017
BermudaErn
Mar 15, 2015
Lance Buck
Trail terrible. Bridges washed out. Idiot horseman destroyed trail. much of trail washed out. Scree & rockfall makes sections hike a bike black diamon 4mi — 1h 15m

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  4.1 from 11 votes

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#218

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South Side SingleTrack
Sep 11, 2014 near Susanville, CA
Trail team on South Side Trail
Oct 27, 2014 near Susanville, CA
Great fall sky over South Side Trail
Oct 26, 2014 near Susanville, CA
aspens
Sep 11, 2014 near Susanville, CA
Enjoying the South Side Trail
Sep 26, 2014 near Susanville, CA
South Side Trail
Sep 9, 2014 near Susanville, CA

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