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South Side Trail

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 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Spectacular singletrack in the Susan River Canyon.


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14.7

Miles

23.6

KM

Point to Point

4,657' 1,420 m

High

4,296' 1,309 m

Low

944' 288 m

Up

946' 288 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Non-motorized, multi-use.

Overview

This is by far the most scenic, enjoyable singletrack around. Fall is amazing here.

Need to Know

This is a long hike so keep in mind, you may shuttle this trail end-to-end or turn around at any point.

In this unusual "winter," the trail is surprisingly good. There are a few places where the trail needs some work, but it is oddly accessible in a time of year when it would normally be inaccessible..

Description

This amazing trail connects to the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail. From Susanville, this trail starts at a BLM day use area called Hobo Camp. There is a good swimming hole, fishing, picnic areas, and restrooms.

The South Side Trail begins as narrow, hand-built trail next to the upper parking area. The trail twists and turns along the contour and crosses an old dirt road. The trail follows the rim above the Susan River for 2 miles and gets better and better the whole way.

There are hills all the way to Devil's Corral, which is a trailhead just west of Susanville, off of State HWY 36. The South Side Trail features long sections of trail that move seamlessly through basalt lava flows and evergreen glades along the beautiful Susan River. Trail users will see the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail across the canyon.

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Shared By:

joel rathje

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  4.5 from 2 votes

#2714

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  4.5 from 2 votes
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#385

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#2,714

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Great fall sky over South Side Trail
Mar 22, 2015 near Susanville, CA
aspens
Mar 22, 2015 near Susanville, CA
Bizz Johnson Nat Rec Trail
Mar 22, 2015 near Susanville, CA
First bridge on Bizz Johnson Nat Rec
Mar 22, 2015 near Susanville, CA
Perfect day
Mar 22, 2015 near Susanville, CA
Perfect Day
Mar 22, 2015 near Susanville, CA

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