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Bike Rides near St. Bernard Lodge 2015

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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

Indian Valley Century Bike Ride
This photo of Greenville is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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.

For more information on the rides and registration form.


Lost and Found Bike Ride

May 30th  Start time 8:30 am


Lost and Found Bike RideThis 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.

Ride descriptions, rules and registration information .

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.


Bizz Johnson Fall Bike RideThe 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.

Video of the Sierra Cascade Bicycle Tour

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.





Opportuntity to Bike Lassen Park Main Road without Vehicular Traffic

Monday, May 20th, 2013

A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits cyclists this year at Lassen Volcanic National Park

lassen by bike 2

Due to continued road construction on Hwy 89 in Lassen Park near Sulphur Works, the 30 mile stretch of Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists only.  The road will be open May 28th to June 6th from the North entrance near Manzanita Lake to the South entrance and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor center.  During this time frame vehicles will not be allowed past Sulphur Works on the south side and the Devastated Area on the north side of  Lassen Park.  The road is open May 20th- to May 24th noon for pedestrians and bicyclists per park ranger today.  It is not being promoted due to debri near Sulphur Works. If you are careful getting by construction at Sulphur Works you may bike or hike the complete 30 miles of Hwy 89 in the park.

Please if cycling is important to you contact Lassen Park at 530-595-4480.  Leave a message that you are unable to make it this year, but are interested for future years.  The park road has opened as early as May 10th in 2001 and as late as July 16th in 2011.  Once snow is removed it may be possible to allow bicyclists and hikers for 1-2 days before traffic is allowed.  To have this happen you need to make your voice heard.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the park and all the great views along Hwy 89  from your bicycle.  Hwy 89 runs 30 miles north and south through Lassen Park.  This Hwy has the distinction of being the highest paved road in the entire Cascade Range reaching 8,512 feet.
Hwy 89 is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway which many bicyclists enjoy each year.  To have the rare opportunity to enjoy the views along Hwy 89 in the park with only other bicyclists and hikers is something not to be missed if possible.

There is lodging and camping on both the north side of Lassen Park, (Rim Rock Ranch Resort), camping in the park, and lodging and meals at the St. Bernard Lodge 20 miles from the south entrance of Lassen Park.

If you have more than a day you may want to include a ride around the West side of Lassen Park and include Manton.  Manton has several wineries to visit.  A ride around the east side of Lassen Park could include visiting the Subway Caves in the Lassen National Forest.  South east of Lassen Park you have St. Bernard Lodge, the town of Chester and Lake Almanor.

A few great rides in the Chester area include; Last Chance Loop, Lake Almanor Recreation Trail and riding around the 52 miles of shoreline of Lake Almanor.   The Bizz Johnson Trail runs from Westwood to Susanville.  Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports has some artistic maps of these trails.  We always recommend riding the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail to our guests traveling from St. Bernard Lodge to Quincy.  It adds little in the way of distance and gets you off of Hwy 89.  The trail is 6 feet wide and paved.  In the height of summer you may have to share with hikers, but no cars to deal with.

Chico Velo Cycling Club has a June Adventure Ride scheduled for Lassen Park on June 8th.  Please check their website for details.

Coming up in the near future are two century bike rides in the area.  The first is June 15th and  is the Mile High 100 ride around Lake Almanor.  this will be the 31st  year for this ride..  The second ride is in Greenville and travels through Indian Valley this ride is schedule for June 22nd.

Some of the best back roads of Plumas County are included on the Barn Quilt Trail.  These routes get you off the main roads and allow for beautiful scenery and also stunning barn quilts.  More information on biking Plumas County.


Heart K Barn



Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to traffic for Memorial Day Weekend.  Road is due to open to traffic at noon on May 24th and closes May 27th or early May28th.

We hope to see you and share our mountain with you.