Following the route of an historic rail line, the Bizz Johnson Trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville to Mason Station. For the first dozen 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 trail winds its way through three bioregions, the Great Basin, the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range. Along the way it passes through a semi-arid canyon, past landscapes of high desert, grasslands, and oak woodlands, to a dense forest of pine and cedar.
Learn more about the Bizz Johnson Trail, including recreation opportunities, activities, special events -- and see more photos taken along the trail.
Picture: mountain bikers cross one of the bridges on the Bizz Johnson Trail.
Animals you may see here
- Birds: Many birds are attracted to plants along the river. Look for species ranging from belted kingfishers and hooded orioles to calliope hummingbirds and canyon wrens. Watch the skies for turkey vultures, American kestrels, great horned owls, and other birds of prey.
- Other wildlife: The Susan River attracts beavers, who build their dams with brush, and muskrats. Patient observers may see bats, raccoons, porcupines, coyotes - even black bears.
Viewing tips for this area
- As a Rail-to-Trail conversion, the Bizz Johnson Trail is bordered at many points by private property.
Respect the rights of private landowners. Other parts of the trail are bordered by public lands managed by the BLM or U.S. Forest Service.
- The trail is used by mountain bikers, horseback riders, hikers, and in winter by cross-country skiers. Learn more about recreation opportunities along the trail.
- Be sure to see tips for "Ultimate Wildlife Watching."
How to get here
- In Susanville, follow Main Street (Highway 36) to the stoplight at the bottom of the hill by Historic Uptown Susanville. Turn south on Weatherlow Street- it becomes Richmond Road - and follow one-half mile across Susan River, to parking at Susanville Railroad Depot Trailhead and Visitor Center.
- The other end of the trail is at Westwood. The trail can also be accessed from Devil's Corral off Highway 36, about seven miles west of Susanville. See further directions to the trail.
Size: About 10,000 acres.
Managed by: Bureau of Land Management, Eagle Lake Field Office and the U.S. Forest Service, Lassen National Forest manage this area jointly.
For more information, contact: Bureau of Land Management, Eagle Lake Field Office; or U.S. Forest Service, Lassen National Forest, (530) 257-2151.
Site 7 in the California Wildlife Viewing Guide.