Near Susanville in the Lassen National Forest, the Lassen Back Country Discovery Trail is a 187 mile route through the Forest with many more miles of interesting side trips. It consists of dirt roads and trails not intended for 2 wheel drive vehicles. The MISSION of the Back Country Discovery Trails is to enhance your opportunities for quality outdoor recreation by providing a system of sport utility vehicle (SUV), high-clearance and off-highway vehicle roads and trails and related facilities throughout the Forest for use by all motoring enthusiasts while protecting the areas natural and cultural resources.
Starting from the south on USDA Forest Service (FS) Road (Rd) 26N49, at the Plumas/Lassen National Forest boundary, in Plumas County about 5 airline miles due west of Butt Valley Reservoir, the Principal Route travels generally west, then north and finally east to the end on FS Rd 22 at the small Lassen County community of Little Valley, in Lassen County, located about 18 miles south of the town of McArthur on State Route 299. The Principal Route encompasses 187.4 miles of road, including 21.6 miles of paved links. Along the way, 27 Discovery Points may be enjoyed that have been identified to date.
All vehicles must be maintained to conform to highway safety standards, as well as meet the minimum requirements listed below:
1.. Roll bar or full cage or factory installed hard top.
2.. Functional parking brake or micro lock.
3.. Tow strap or rope (recommend rated at 2 times the vehicle weight)
4.. First aid kit.
5.. Jack capable of lifting the vehicle and a tool capable of removing lug nuts.
6.. Spare tire equal to or within 3 inches of existing tires on the vehicle (no temporary spares).
7.. Fire extinguisher with gauge indicating good/full, appropriately stored.
8.. Seat belts for all passengers
9.. Antenna(s) must not exceed 46", except when longer antennas/whips are required by certain OHV areas.
10.. Adequate attachment points front and rear, i.e., tow hooks, receiver, etc. Tow balls are not generally recommended.
11.. Battery hold downs (no bungee cords).
Overall, Lassen Back Country Discovery Trail is the 32nd most popular OHV & 4wd jeep trail of all 102 OHV routes in California.