Bizz Johnson Trail

Northern California Nature on the Edge of Town

Situated along the Susan River in Lassen County, the historic Bizz Johnson Trail is notable for stunning views, vibrant surroundings, and a rich background. With the main trail head found at the Susanville Railroad Depot, it's an enticing and exciting idea to enliven your stay at Red Lion, one of the best places to stay in Susanville CA for lovers of the great outdoors. Simply make the six-minute drive from our accommodations in Susanville to the Railroad Depot at Richmond Road, and make your excursion into Northern California nature. 

Covering 25.4 miles of semi-arid canyon and pine and fir forests, the Bizz Johnson Trail follows the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad to Mason Station. With 12 bridge crossings and two tunnels traversing a landscape of semi-arid canyon and pine and fir forests, the trail leads to the famous 25-foot carved redwood statue of Paul Bunyan at the Westwood trailhead.

Thanks to its picturesque natural location, the Bizz Johnson Trail experiences four distinct seasons. Year-round, visitors can enjoy activities like hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding (for those who own or bring their own), cross-country skiing, fishing, and snowmobile riding west of Devils Corral. Depending on the time of year, the trail also offers magnificent wildflower, wildlife and bird watching. Fall is the time for the annual Rails to Trails Festival, a great place to relax and enjoy railway handcar races, a chili cook-off and salsa contest, a craft fair, and live bluegrass music. 

Prepare before you go, and check current conditions on the trail by calling (530) 257-0456. While you're out, protect the trail by following all posted regulations, including those for camping.