BLM announces seasonal and construction closures on Bizz Johnson Trail

The Bureau of Land Management has announced a wintertime day use area closure and a temporary construction related closure on parts of the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail near Susanville.

Vehicle access to the Hobo Camp Day Use Area will be closed from Dec. 1 until the spring reopening in time for fishing season. Trail users can still walk or bike to the Hobo Camp area via a connector trail from the Bizz Johnson Trail. Susanville area access to the Bizz Johnson Trail is available from the historic railroad depot on Richmond Road and the Lassen Street and Miller Road trailheads.

The vegetation along the Bizz Johnson Trail near Hobo Camp offers spectacular fall colors this time of year. File photo

BLM-managed sections of the trail west of the Devil’s Corral trestle about 7 miles west of Susanville will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays while work is underway to repair historic wooden culverts damaged in the Hog Fire of 2020. The closures will be in place until repairs are completed in January. Project completion will be weather dependent; snow will cause delays.

“The BLM-managed section of trail between Susanville and the Devil’s Corral Trailhead will be open all winter,” said Marilla Martin, assistant field manager for the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office. “We ask that trail users pay attention to conditions and stay off the trail when conditions are wet. If leaving footprints, tire tracks or hoof prints in muddy conditions, people should turn back and return when conditions dry out. This will avoid costly trail damage.”

The BLM manages the Bizz Johnson Trail to provide outstanding recreational opportunities, sustainable for the long term. The approach is consistent with goals of the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful initiative.

More information on these closures and trail conditions is available by contacting the Eagle Lake Field Office at 257-0456.