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Northern California District
Release Date: 03/04/14
Contacts: Marisa Williams (530) 257-0456    
  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-14-36

Roads, Trails in Dry Valley Area will be Used for Motorcycle Races

Weekend back country explorers planning to visit the Dry Valley area east of Susanville the weekend of April 5 and 6  will encounter more people than usual, as a two-day motorcycle race is scheduled on public land. Competitors will begin arriving Friday, April 4.

Travel on some roads and trails including Dry Valley Road will be restricted by course marshals while races are in progress, according to Marisa Williams, an outdoor recreation planner with the Bureau of Land Management in Susanville.

Riders of all ages and abilities will use routes in the Bureau of Land Management’s Dry Valley Special Recreation Management Area about 60 miles east of Susanville and 60 miles north of Reno. Racers will use courses ranging from two miles to 42 miles.

The Diamond Back 100 races are sponsored by the Lassen Diamondbacks Motorcycle Club and the Motorcycle Racing Association of Northern Nevada under a permit issued by the BLM.

Spectators are welcome but must stay in the designated areas marked with signs.

To reach the Mission Wells Trailhead from Susanville, take State Route 36 south to the stoplight at the junction of U.S. Highway 395, turn left and continue on U. S. 395 North  about 15 miles to the Wendel Road and turn right. Continue about 21 miles to the Nevada state line (the pavement ends and the road becomes High Rock Road). Continue 12 miles, turn left onto Sand Pass Road and continue a mile to the trailhead entrance road (Dry Valley Road) on the left just past the railroad tracks. Follow signs to the trailhead.

For more information, contact Williams at the BLM office in Susanville, (530) 257-0456, or visit


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