Susan River Trail

Susanville, California 96127

Susan River Trail

Susan River Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Bizz Johnson Trail is an abandoned railroad line that provides a comfortable way to explore up close and personal a scenic stretch of the Susan River before it empties into large Honey Lake. Thanks to legendary outdoorsman John Reginato’s idea and the Bureau of Land Management’s work, the route that traces the Lassen and Fernley railroad lines was converted into a 30-milelong trail. This snowshoe route covers the eastern portion, reaching Devils Corral just off Highway 36, which has a trailhead 7 miles west of Susanville that can shorten this hike to less than half the distance if a car shuttle is arranged. You’re apt to see a few fishermen or Lassen College students cross-country skiing along the wide and level path. Even when it’s snowing, this route that traces the banks of the meandering Susan River is a cinch to follow. Because of the low elevation, it’s best to call ahead to determine if there is enough snow for snowshoeing."

More Susan River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This unique hike travels on a rails-to-trails conversion alongside the beautiful Susan River. It passes over several bridges and through two tunnels before looping back on a trail that climbs high to the rim of the Susan River Canyon and follows it back to the trailhead.

The Susan River begins just east of Lassen Volcanic National Park, flowing from Caribou Lake for 67 miles to Honey Lake. This large, typically dry lake occupies one of several endorheic basins that make up the Great Basin. After passing through upland forest, the river runs through a deeply cut canyon before reaching Susanville and emerging into the wide valley containing Honey Lake."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4–8 hours
Eagle Lake Resource Area, Bureau of Land Management
Local Contacts
USGS Susanville, USGS Roop Mountain.
Local Maps

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Oct 2018