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Bicycling on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

LassenWestVillage9The Bizz Johnson trail is 25.4 miles long and was named after Harold T. “Bizz” Johnson who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1958 to 1980. Congressman Johnson was responsible  for the successful establishment of this Rails to Trails project.

The trail runs from the Mason Station trailhead, 4.6 miles north of Westwood to the eastern most trailhead at Susanville Railroad Depot. The trail features two tunnels, 12 bridges and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The Bizz Johnson Trail is used for many activities, including mountain bicycling, hiking, jogging, and horseback riding. In the winter months, cross country skiers and snowmobiles use its upper reaches.

LassenWestVillage13Directions From Westwood:
From the intersection of Hwy. 36 and County Road A-21, head North on A-21 three miles to County Road 101(McCoy Flat Rd.) (just before the railroad tracks). Follow County Road 101, 1/2 mile to Mason Station Trailhead. Ride through trailhead and follow path at kiosk 1/4 mile to Trail (abandoned railroad grade). Follow the trail East 25 miles to Susanville.

For more information: Call the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office at
(530) 257-0456, or the Lassen National Forest, Eagle Lake Ranger District
at (530) 257-2151.



Each year in the early Fall, visitors and residents flock to the Susanville Depot, 601 Richmond Road, for the Rails to Trails Festival.  This is one of those events that will draw families and enthusiasts year after year so be prepared to get “hooked.”  Come prepared for weather changes and you will thoroughly enjoy yourselves

2014 Rails to Trails festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 18th and 19th, 2014