Bizz Johnson Trail is in northeastern California, along the Susan River
in Lassen County. The main trail head is at the old Railroad Depot in
the City of Susanville, about 90 miles north of Reno and about 90 miles
east of Red Bluff, California.
BLM Office (530) 257-0456.
Following the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific
railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville to Mason Station.
For the first 16 miles, 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 passes through two tunnels. The landscape
is a combination of semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine and fir.
The trail then follows existing roads an additional 4.5 miles into Westwood,
where a railroad station type kiosk and a 25-foot carved redwood statue
of Paul Bunyan mark the Westwood trailhead.
The trail has four distinct seasons because of the high elevation location.
The trail begins at 4200' on the east side of the Sierra and Cascade Ranges
in Susanville, climbs 1300' to a high point of 5500' at Westwood Junction
then drops 400' to its terminus in Westwood at elevation 5100'. Check
current conditions before planning a trip on the trail by calling (530)
is permitted along the trail on BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands.
Lodging is available in Susanville, Westwood and the surrounding area.
For a list of area lodging, call the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce
at (530) 257-4323.
The US Forest Service has an undeveloped drive-in campground area at Goumaz.
No camping is allowed at or within one mile of Hobo Camp or Devils Corral, unless
authorized. Camping is prohibited along the South Side Road within the Susan River
Canyon west of Hobo Camp.
require permits from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service or the
California Department of Forestry. Between Susanville and Devil's Corral, build
fires in designated
fire-safe areas only.
Seasonal fire restrictions may apply along the entire trail - campfires may
be prohibited at times of peak fire danger.
Bizz Johnson Trail.
more information: Call the BLM's Eagle
Lake Field Office
(530) 257-0456, or the Lassen National Forest, Eagle Lake Ranger District
at (530) 257-2151.
The Bizz Johnson Trail is jointly managed by the
Bureau of Land Management
and the U.S. Forest Service.