Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,456' 444 m
Descent: -418' -127 m
High: 5,575' 1,699 m
Low: 4,226' 1,288 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“If you liked the Trail of the Hiawatha, this is a close second.”— Joseph States
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
There are numerous places to access the trail so ride parts of it whenever or grind it all out in one trip.
A great time of year to ride this trail is the fall when all the color has popped. The tree canopies are nature's stain glass windows set against blue sky.
Following the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad, the trail winds 27 miles from Susanville to Mooney Road. The trail follows the Susan River. As it winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon. The trail crosses the river 12 times on bridges and trestles and as a bonus, you get to pass through two tunnels.
In 1978, the Southern Pacific Railroad shut down most of the old Fernley and Lassen Railroad branch line that had carried supplies and occasional passengers from early 1914 through the end of 1956. The Bureau of Land Management, finding the line vacated and abandoned, spearheaded the rails-to-trails conversion of the old railroad grade. Harold T. "Bizz" Johnson, a former congressman (1958-1980), was instrumental in getting the 30-mile segment converted for recreational use. The trail is forever named in his honor.