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Northern California District
Release Date: 10/03/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. NC-10-3

Fall Colors Bike Rides Oct. 20 and 27 on Bizz Johnson Trail

Mountain bike riders, walkers and runners can enjoy the autumn colors in Lassen County’s Susan River Canyon with the convenience of a shuttle service, in special outings set for Saturdays, Oct. 20 and 27.  An earlier announcement omitted the latter date.

In the shuttle service, the Bureau of Land Management provides a truck and trailer to shuttle bikes from Susanville to three starting points along the trail.  Lassen Rural Bus transports hikers, runners and bike riders as part of its regularly scheduled service between Susanville and Westwood. The shuttles allow people to arrange one-way trips on the trail without having to plan their own vehicle shuttles.

Depending on the stop, participants can use the trail for return trips that are 7, 18, or 30 miles in length. 

The bus and bike shuttles will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the Trust’s historic Susanville Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Rd., making stops at Devil’s Corral, Fredonyer Summit and Westwood.  The bike shuttle fee is $3; bus fares vary according to the stop.  Participants should be at the Susanville Depot a half-hour before departure to allow time for bicycle loading.

The Bizz Johnson Trail winds about 25 miles through the rugged Susan River Canyon from the eastern-most trailhead at the Susanville Railroad Depot to the west end trailhead at Mason Station, 4.6 miles north of Westwood.  It follows the old Southern Pacific Railroad’s Fernley and Lassen branch line. The trail features 12 bridges, two tunnels and views of the river canyon and surrounding mountains.

The trail is managed jointly by the BLM and Lassen National Forest with partnership support from the Lassen Land and Trails Trust, a local non-profit organization that works to conserve significant natural areas and agricultural landscapes, and to promote and enhance a public trail system throughout Lassen County.


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Last updated: 10-03-2012