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LLTT Modoc Line Rail Trail

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85 miles of fresh air and wide open spaces. Get free from the congestion of other trails.


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84.7

Miles

136.3

KM

Doubletrack

5,556' 1,693 m

High

4,063' 1,238 m

Low

1,515' 462 m

Up

1,842' 561 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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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.

Description

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.

Description

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.

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Joseph States

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Photos

Wildlife and the Modoc Plateau
Oct 25, 2014 near Johnsto…, CA
Out for a ride on Modoc Line Rail Trail
Oct 25, 2014 near Johnsto…, CA
Sunrise looking toward Thompson Peak and the Diamond Mountains from Modoc Line Rail Trail
Oct 25, 2014 near Johnsto…, CA
Perfect quiet evening riding Modoc Line Rail Trail
Oct 25, 2014 near Johnsto…, CA
Pronghorn at dusk
Oct 25, 2014 near Johnsto…, CA
Perfect fall day on Modoc Line Rail Trail
Oct 25, 2014 near Johnsto…, CA

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