“85 miles of fresh air and wide open spaces. Get free from the congestion of other trails.
— Joseph States
There is a maximum speed limit of 25 mph for motorized vehicles. Equestrians, hikers, bikes and motorized vehicles have the right of way in that order.
The trail crosses the highway and various other roads. Use caution at all crossings.
Stretching 85 miles through the way-out-there wild country in the northeast of California, the Modoc Line is not one for those eager to socialize and people watch. Through remote ranch land and high desert landscapes, the Modoc Line has the character of an ornery outsider seeking refuge from the maddening crowds. Want to find peace and time alone? You'll find it out here, along with wide open skies and spectacular star gazing, many miles from the nearest city of any size.
Need to Know
Be prepared as there are no services along the way.
This is one segment of the Modoc Line rail trail that heads across 2,000 acres of some of northeastern California's most breathtaking rangeland. Visitors can expect scenic viewpoints overlooking the Skedaddle and Warner mountain ranges, as well as opportunities to spot many species of wildlife, including pronghorn antelope. The trail corridor connects BLM lands from Wendel, CA to Likely, CA.
The trail is open to vehicles with shared use between bikes and equestrians or as posted at each segment. The surface is gravel with sections of remnant railroad ballast. The trail cuts through open cattle range. Caution and preparation are strongly encouraged.
History & Background
The Modoc Line began in the 1800s as a narrow gauge railroad operated by the Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad. It was later converted to standard gauge, and most recently operated by the Union Pacific Railroad until its abandonment in the 1990s.