Celebrating new trails in our region

2022 has been a good year for trails in Northeastern California. Photo submittedLassen Land & Trails Trust is a proud member of the Lassen/Plumas Trails Coalition of public agencies and nonprofits that are leading the charge to expand a network of trails across northeastern California. 2022 was a very good year for trails.  LLTT is happy to report 12 trail projects just got a big boost in funding to plan and then construct another 130 miles of interconnected trails by 2030.

Two plans are guiding the Coalition’s efforts to build an interconnected trail system in our region: the 2020 Lassen/Lake Almanor Basin Regional Trails System Concept Plan, and the 2022 Lassen County Active Transportation Plan.  Grant awards for the 12 funded trail projects total more than $7.3 million.  Most of these projects will be implemented over the next two years.  Several are for planning activities to complete designs and environmental studies.  Once pre-construction studies are completed, the partners are cleared to apply for trail construction grants.

“We are grateful to all our grantors who share our vision and support our trails network,” said Elizabeth Norton, Chair of LLTT’s Trails Committee.  “It takes committed partners to make this much progress in just one year. We are fortunate to live in a diverse region at the crossroads of the Cascades, Sierra Nevada and Great Basin. With its biodiversity and scenic landscapes, this region offers an array of outdoor recreation pursuits to all who live and visit here. We already have great events on our trails each year, which draw thousands of visitors to our area.  We believe continued investments in trails will always have a positive return in healthy communities, healthy economies, and healthy people.”

The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is also developing a trail system that will connect 15 mountain towns in Lassen, Sierra, Butte, Nevada and Plumas counties with their grant-funded “Connected Communities” project.

SBTS’s motto, “A Trail for Everyone” includes trail linkages to Susanville and Chester.  In nearby Siskiyou County, the Siskiyou Outdoor Recreation Alliance was also awarded a grant to complete the planning for expanded outdoor recreation opportunities in south Siskiyou County.

“So, stay tuned, more trails are coming,” said Norton.  “The Coalition always appreciates your feedback as we prepare the designs and environmental studies for these new trails.”

Lassen Land and Trails Trust, a non-profit membership-based organization, actively works to conserve significant natural areas and working landscapes, and to promote and enhance a system of public trails in northeastern California—where the Sierra Nevada, Cascade, Modoc Plateau and the Great Basin converge, a unique region rich in agricultural heritage, wildlife and scenic vistas. For more information about the Trust’s work or to support their trails program, please visit www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.org

2022 Funded Trail Projects

ProjectProject Leader and PartnersGrantorAward
Rehabilitation of the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot campus.LLTTForest Service, Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee$56,191
Planning for renovation and expansion of the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot campus.LLTT and BLM-Eagle Lake Field OfficeSierra Nevada Conservancy$137,000
Maintenance of three sections of the 86-mile Modoc Line Rail Trail (40 miles).LLTT and BLM-Eagle Lake Field OfficeCA Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Off-highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division$73,993
Modoc Line Rail Trail planning to open the last two sections of the 86-mile rail trail (46 miles).LLTTSierra Nevada Conservancy$202,400
Planning for the 1.4-mile Chester Trail connector at Lake Almanor.Forest Service and Almanor Recreation and Parks DistrictForest Service, Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee$66,000
Planning for the 12-mile Almanor Rail Trail between Chester and Clear Creek.Almanor Recreation and Park District and Collins Pine CompanySierra Nevada Conservancy – pending award June 1, 2023$252,405
3.3-mile extension of the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail (part of the 2026 State Route 89 rehabilitation project).Caltrans, District 2, Redding, CA and Forest ServiceCaltrans, District 2, Redding, CA$3,000,000
Paved trail from Riverside Park to the Susan River Path. Includes a new pedestrian bridge.City of SusanvilleCaltrans, District 2, Redding, CA$2,800,000
Planning for the 4-mile Bizz Johnson extension from Mason Station into Westwood.Lassen County Public Works Dept. and Forest ServiceForest Service, Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee$70,000
Planning for the 24-mile Fredonyer trail system with 2 connectors to the Bizz Johnson Trail.Lassen County Public Works Dept. and Forest ServiceForest Service, Lassen County Resource Advisory CommitteePart 1 plan – $80,000

Part 2 construction – $100,000

Olsen Barn Meadow Preserve for trails and barn restoration.Feather River Land TrustU.S. Economic Development Administration$347,274
Indian Ole Dam Trailhead enhancements at Mountain Meadows Reservoir.Mountain Meadows Conservancy and Pacific Gas and ElectricStewardship Council$130,000