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Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail


Just take this trail stating at Westwood to Susanville. You can take the bus back to Westwood. 

This is a very scenic rail trail that cruises along the Susan River. This area is great for groups of different abilities as there is a challenging single-track on the south side of the canyon. There are several connections for meeting up. This rail trail was rated the most scenic rail trail in California by the Rails to Trails Conservancy.

Need to Know

The Susan River Canyon offers fun trails, fishing, camping right next to Susanville. No need to drive to trailheads in Susanville.


The best time to experience this ride is in the fall. The trees light up the canyon and contrast the deep blue sky. This is a very peaceful place and is surprisingly accessible from town. The new South Side Trail single-track complements the rail trail beautifully.

Following the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad, the trail winds 27 miles from Susanville to Mooney Road. 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 as a bonus, you get to pass through two tunnels.

Susanville has four seasons because of the high elevation. The trail begins at 4200' on the east side of the Sierra and Cascade Ranges in Susanville, climbs 1300' to a high point of 5500' at Westwood Junction then drops 400' to its eventual future terminus in Westwood at elevation 5100'. Check current conditions before planning a trip on the trail by calling (530) 257-0456.

History & Background

In 1978, the Southern Pacific Railroad shut down most of the old Fernley and Lassen Railroad branch line that had carried supplies and occasional passengers from early 1914 through the end of 1956. The Bureau of Land Management, finding the line vacated and abandoned, spearheaded the rails-to-trails conversion of the old railroad grade. Harold T. "Bizz" Johnson, a former congressman (1958-1980), was instrumental in getting the 30-mile segment converted for recreational use. The trail is forever named in his honor.

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Bring your jet ski or boat and enjoy the lake around Westwood. If you do not have a boat or jet ski, there are several places to rent Boats and Jet Skies. 


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Our Little Gem

Coppervale Ski Area Page·Monday, January 29, 2018·

Let me tell you what a little ski hill named Coppervale means to the people that pray for snow every year just so they can come up and enjoy a day without traffic, long lines and spending a small fortune.  Its a place where life long friendships are born.  Its a place where small children can learn a wonderful sport that makes winter fun.  Its a place where memories are made.  I remember the day I first came to the hill.  I didn’t know anyone and by the end of the day I left smiling.  How is it possible so many wonderful people gather at one place?  Is it the rustic lodge warmed by the wood fire that takes you back to your childhood days?  The deck with picnic tables your legs are so happy to see after a workout on the slopes.  The smiling lunch lady that makes mouthwatering burgers and tamales.  The view that greets you as you get to the top of the hill.  Its all that and more.  Its not possible to describe the feeling I get when I pull in to the parking lot and slip into my ski boots, ready to conquer the mountain.  Perhaps its the dose of fresh air or the way the trees look with a frosting of snow.  Either way I hold this place dear to my heart as do so many others.  Its a home away from home.


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Snowmobile Trails – Lassen & Plumas National Forest

Plumas County – Annual snowmobile poker runs:

La Porte Harold Schmidt Memorial Poker Run (January or February)
Chester Winterfest Poker Run (February)
Lake Davis Winter Holiday Poker Run (February)
Bucks Lake Snowdrifters Poker Run (February)


Morgan Summit Snowmobile Area– located four miles east of Mineral on Highway 36 and has 77 miles of designated trails, a large parking area, restrooms, and a warming hut.
Swain Mountain Snowmobile Area is located just off of Lassen County Road A-21 approximately nine miles north of Westwood and can also be accessed from the Forest’s 10 Road just east of Chester. Swain Mountain has 60 miles of designated trails, which include three loop trails.
Jonesville Snowmobile Area is about two miles east of the Cherry Hill Campground on the Butte Meadows Rd. (Humboldt Rd.), which is accessed via Highway 32. Jonesville offers 60 miles of designated trails, and three loop trails.
Fredonyer Snowmobile Area is located on Highway 36 just west of Fredonyer Summit between Susanville and Westwood and has 90 miles of designated trails. The southern part of this area features loop trails and connections to trails on the Plumas National Forest and Swain Mountain.
Bogard Snowmobile Area is located on Highway 44 at the Bogard Rest Area 25 miles west of Susanville and has 80 miles of designated trails. All of the groomed trails in the Bogard area are considered easy as they follow forest roads.

Hat Creek Area Snowmobile Trails

Ashpan Snowmobile Area is located just off Highway 44 approximately four miles north of the Highway 44 and 89 junction at the northwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic national Park. Ashpan has 35 miles of designated trails.

Miles of groomed versus non-groomed trails varies by area. Ungroomed areas are open for snowmobiling, but be aware of private property and possible hazards under the snow. Maps and trail information are available at local ranger stations or by contacting the Plumas County Visitors Bureau.

Lassen National Forest
Supervisors Office
2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130

Almanor Ranger District
900 E. Hwy 36
PO Box 767
Chester, CA 96020

Eagle Lake Ranger District
477-050 Eagle Lake Road
Susanville, CA 96130

Hat Creek Ranger District
43225 E. Hwy. 299
PO Box 220
Fall River Mills, CA 96028

Old Station Visitor Center
13435 Brian’s Way Highway 44/89
Old Station, CA 96071

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