Bike Rides in Northern California – Lassen Park, Plumas and Lassen County
Lassen Park offers vehicle free day to ride Hwy 89 through Lassen Park
This will be the third year that Lassen Park will open the road to cyclists first. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the main road through Lassen Park without motorized vehicles. Please watch the park website for updates as to when this will be. Most likely it will be just before or on Memorial Weekend. The exact date depends on snow conditions and when the road crews have the road cleared. Park website.
Comment from previous rider:
In 2014, the Park began an annual program where they opened the road to bikes and walkers only for one three-day weekend. It is, to put it mildly, a dream ride. The date is determined by the snow level, so you just have to watch the Lassen website/Facebook page and be ready to go with 2 weeks notice. In 2014 the Park closed the road to cars for one day in the fall, again known only to people who had friended the Park Facebook page. It’s totally worth the effort to arrange your riding to fall on these dates—having no cars on the road makes an already splendid ride simply sublime. I’m told that the Park Service takes much heat from angry motorists about the closures, so, if you want the closures to continue, go to the Lassen website or Facebook page and add a comment telling them they’re a swell idea and you’re grateful as hell. Full post.
Indian Valley Century Ride
May 23, 2915 Start time 7:00 am
This bike ride through Indian Valley offers you a choice of 3 different ride lengths. All the rides take in the beauty of the Indian Valley Ranch and pasture lands. As you ride look for some of the great barn quilt patterns on many of the old barns.
First ride is a leisurely 30 miles to Taylorsville and back to Greenville. This ride is fairly flat. Make sure to take a few minutes to visit Young’s Market. Inside the market is a wonderful 100 year old cash register.
Metric Ride goes from Greenville to Genesse and back. Lunch stop in Genesse before heading back to Greenville.
100 mile ride goes from Greenville to Antelope Lake and back to Genesse for lunch before returning to Greenville.
Lost and Found Bike Ride
May 30th Start time 8:30 am
This is a unique bike ride with a blend of pavement, dirt road, gravel road and historic railroad grade. Net proceeds benefit Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship.
The ride offers 3 options; 100 miles with 7,000′ elevation gain, 60 miles with a 4,000′ elevation gain and 30 miles with a 2,000′ elevation gain. There are 8 theme based aid stations along the route. Post ride BBQ and cold beers from the Brewing Liar.
33rd Annual Mile High 100 Ride Chester/Lake Almanor
June 20th Registration 6-9 pm Friday June 19th, 6-9 am June 20th at Chester Park or online.
This ride also has the option of 3 different lengths to choose from
1. The Century Ride ( 3,200′ elevation climb) . The ride starts at Chester Park, and heads out to Warner Valley and the Lee Ranch, then around the west side of Lake Almanor, heading south to Greenville and the Indian Valley Arm to Tayorsville and back up the east side of Lake Almanor into Chester. As on the Indian Valley ride make sure to look for Barn Quilts along the route.
2. The Half Metric Bike Ride ( 600′ elevation climb) Ride starts at Chester Park and circles around Lake Almanor. Make sure to take time to take in the various views of Lassen Peak along the route.
3. Metric Century Bike Ride ( 1,500′ elevation climb). Again starts at Chester Park out to Lee Ranch and around Lake Almanor.
For maps and details of the ride.
Bizz Johnson Rails to Trails Fall Bike Ride
Exact Date still to be determined this event has been held in October previous years.
The Bizz Johnson Trail in the fall offers some spectacular fall colors as you ride along the Susan River. Due to the remarkable autumn colors the Bizz Johnson Trail was featured on Rails to Trails Conservancy 1997 ” Fall Foliage on the web” rails to trails guide .
The bike ride, mostly downhill on a smooth and wide gravel trail, is ideal for the whole family. Mountain bikes or wide-tired bikes are recommended. Riders should bring helmets, clothing layers for changing conditions, food and water. By starting in Westwood at 5,100′ you have a slight climb to 5,500′ at Westwood Junction and then slowly drop 1,300′ to elevation of 4,200 feet in Susanville. The trail crosses the Susan River 12 times on bridges and trestles and goes through two tunnels.
The Lassen Rural Bus weekend service will take bike riders from the historic Susanville Railroad Depot, 602 Richmond Rd., to trail drop off points at Devil’s Corral, Fredonyer Summit and Westwood, where riders can connect to the trail for 7, 18 and 30-mile rides back to Susanville. The Bureau of Land Management will shuttle bicycles from Susanville to the drop points.
Riders should meet at the Depot at 8:00a.m. to sign-in and load bikes on the shuttle.
Participants can register by calling the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, (530) 257-0456. Watch for updates and register early, BLM has room to shuttle only 44 riders and bikes.
The trail is managed jointly by the BLM and the Lassen National Forest with support from the non-profit Lassen Land and Trails Trust. Map of trail.
Fall Leaf Peeper Bike Ride
Oct. 3, 2015
This bike ride is held by the Indian Valley Chamber and follows the same routes as their spring bike ride. During the fall ride you have the added beauty of the awesome fall colors of the area. Please visit the Chamber website for details.
General Biking Information
Bodfish Bicyles on the Main in Chester is a great place if you need personal information on bike routes in the Lake Almanor Basin or need repairs to your bicycle. Their website has several great maps of different routes to choose from in the area.
St. Bernard Lodge happens to be located right on the route for the Sierra Cascade Bicycle Tour. The lodge is approximately half -way through the trip. ( Section 3 of the maps) Splurge spend the night with us have a great dinner and breakfast before heading out the next day. The lodge is 15.2 miles from the intersection of Hwy. 89/36 at the south entrance of Lassen Park.
Please give us a call if you need any help in planning a trip to the area for one of the scheduled bike rides or to visit at another time.