Running west from Susanville in the Lassen National Forest, the 30 mile Bizz Johnson Trail National Recreation Trail parallels the Susan River in northeastern California through the Eagle Lake Resource Area. Most of the trail traverses the rugged Susan River Canyon with beautiful views of the surrounding Sierras and reminders of the railroad and logging days of the past.
The best areas for cross-country skiing are on the trails upper 18.5-mile segment, located west of Highway 36 (Devils Corral area). Elevations from 4,760 feet to 5,500 feet, northern exposures, and shading combine to provide the most reliable snow conditions. A recommended trail segment for cross-country combines road skiing from Highway 44 to Goumaz (3 miles) with trail skiing from Goumaz to Highway 36. This 9-mile segment affords a gentle downhill slope with good views of the Susan River and Diamond Mountain.
The lower 7 miles of trail from Highway 36 east to Susanville are skiable following major snowfall, but snow conditions deteriorate rapidly on this section due to lower elevations and open southern exposures. Also, two tunnels (800 and 450 feet respectively) require walking.
The best public access areas are at Mason Station near Westwood Highway 44 near Hog Rat Reservoir, Highway 36 near Devils Corral, and Susanville Trailhead at the depot.