Linking the towns of Susanville and Westwood, the 25-mile Bizz Johnson Trail is part of the national Rails to Trails initiative, which converts abandoned stretches of railroads into multi-use recreation trails. Bike, run, hike, ride a horse or cross country ski along this varied route that follows the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Following the picturesque Susan River Canyon for 16 miles, it also passes great swimming holes, perfect for cooling off in the hot summer months. The trail crosses the Susan River 12 times, over bridges and historic trestles that along with several tunnels add historical significance to the forested terrain. The trail also offers great fishing and camping opportunities.
The Susanville Railroad Depot serves as a visitor center for the trail system and is the perfect starting point for adventures on the converted tracks. The Bizz Johnson Marathon and Half Marathon is held every year in October.
WHERE: 601 Richmond Rd., Susanville (google map)
MORE INFO: Lassen Land & Trails Trust, 530-257-3252 | TrailLink.com; BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, 530-257-0456, BLM.org; Marathon: CoastalTrailRuns.com