The Bizz Johnson Trail is along the Susan River in Lassen County. If you like to take your RV on vacation and explore the wonders of the great outdoors, then this destination is great for all sorts of family activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, wildflower viewing, wildlife watching and bird watching.
Following along the old Southern Pacific railroad route, this trail winds 25.4 miles beginning at Susanville and ending at Mason Station. During the first 16 miles, you are traveling along the beautiful Susan River. After, the trail winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon. This beautiful scenery crosses the river 12 times going through tunnels and on bridges and trestles. As you look out, you are surrounded by forests of pine and fir. The trail also leads you through an area of a semi-arid canyon. Toward the end, the trail follows several roads for 4.5 miles leading into Westwood, where you will run into a railroad station kiosk and the famous redwood carved stature of Paul Bunyan.
Due to the high elevation, the trail experiences all four seasons. The elevation begins at 4200’ on the east side of the Sierra and climbs to the highest point of 5500’ at Westwood Junction before dropping to the lowest elevation of 400’. Before planning an RV trip to Lassen County for a Bizz Johnson Trail expedition, be sure to check the current weather conditions.
Autumn along the Bizz Johnson Trail earned it one of 8 feature spots on the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy’s 1997 “Fall Foliage on the Web” rail-trail guide. The remarkable autumn colors and scenery during this time is truly something that you cannot miss. Another reason to come during the fall is for the annual Rails to Trails Festival that takes place in Susanville and along the trail.