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Northern California District
Release Date: 10/07/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. NC-11-02

Fall Colors Highlight Weekend Bus Shuttle for Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Autumn colors are starting to pop along the Bizz Johnson Trail between Susanville and Westwood in northeast California, and a great way to enjoy the scene is from the saddle of a mountain bike.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will make a fall color outing easy with the annual Fall Colors Ride and bus shuttle on Saturday, October 23.  The shuttle enables mountain bikers, runners and hikers to organize one-way rides without the logistics of arranging their own vehicle shuttles. There are two options this year.

In the first option, the bus shuttle will leave from the Susanville Railroad Depot Visitor Center, 601 Richmond Rd., promptly at 8:30 a.m., dropping riders and their bikes at Devil’s Corral, Fredonyer Summit, or in Westwood.  Depending on the stop, cyclists can ride seven, 18, or 30 miles back to Susanville. Bus fares will vary depending on the stop. Walkers usually choose the seven-mile route.

Participants should arrive at the Depot a half hour before departure to register, pay fees and load bicycles.

Stan Bales, an outdoor recreation planner with the BLM, said the fall color ride is popular, and encouraged riders to reserve shuttle space by calling the Depot at (530) 257-3252.

In the second option,  participants can drive to Westwood, park at the visitor center, 462-885 Third St., (just east of the Paul Bunyan statue), and then bicycle on Lassen County Road A-21 (Ash Street) north about  5 miles to the west end of the Bizz Johnson Trail at the Mason Station Trailhead (the turn is marked with signs). Detailed directions to the trailhead are available on the web at

From Mason Station the ride is 25 miles on the trail back to Susanville.

The bus and bike shuttle returning to Westwood departs from Main and North Gay Streets in uptown Susanville promptly at 4:15 p.m. so riders should plan their days accordingly.  Riders can expect the ride from Westwood to Susanville to take from three to six hours, depending on stops and rider ability.

The trail follows the path of the historic Fernley and Lassen Railroad, winding through forests and the Susan River Canyon.  The trail crosses the river 12 times on massive wood and steel railroad bridges, and passes through two historic railroad tunnels.

More information is available from the Susanville Depot or the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, (530) 257-0456.


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Last updated: 10-07-2010