Damage occurred to the Bizz Johnson Trail after the winter storms hit. The most significant areas being at points four miles west of Susanville and at the Cheney Creek bridge about five miles west of Susanville. Photo submitted
Several sections of the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail west of Susanville were damaged by heavy winter storms, and the Bureau of Land Management is advising visitors to use caution in the affected areas. The most significant damage occurred at points four miles west of Susanville and at the Cheney Creek bridge about five miles west of Susanville. Narrow paths will enable trail users to traverse the areas, but bicyclists and horseback riders will need to dismount to cross these sections. Horseback riders will need to lead their horses and wade across Cheney Creek at one of the washed out areas. There are also damaged areas at a Susan River bridge just upstream from the east railroad tunnel. “We have marked the washouts with brightly-colored flagging, and we have posted signs at trailheads and along the trail,” said Stan Bales, an outdoor recreation planner with the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office. “We are urging trail users to stay well away from the steep edges of the washed out sections.” BLM engineering technicians are developing plans to repair the damage, but there is no estimated time for completion. For more information, call Bales at 252-5311, or email at [email protected].