By Melissa Wynn
Photos by Joel Rathje
Anyone can drive in to Susanville but those with an adventurous spirit tend to arrive by bike or on foot having hiked or biked out of the wilderness and into this community where the mountains and the Great basin meet. Susanville Ranch Park tends to be the arrival point for our many outdoor enthusiasts. This scenic park offers 25 miles of non-motorized, multi use trails perfect for everyone from the casual, strolling dog walker to the extreme mountain biking fanatic.
Trail users will find gentle grades around the meadows and up Paiute Creek Canyon, with more challenging climbs on Coyote Bluff and on the Horse Trail in the southern portion of the park. Miles of narrow, challenging single track trails join the Canyon Trail and Coyote Bluff Trail. Hikers will find easy climbing and dramatic views, while more advanced mountain bikers will delight in the undulating and meandering loops. The southern trails are very popular with dog walkers with two creeks and wide open areas.
The 14 miles of trails in the northern portion of the park offer a thrilling experience for hard core trail users with challenging climbs, banked turns, several loop options, and stunning views. There are no creeks or streams in this area, so be prepared if you bring your dog or horse. Please respect the neighbors and stay on or near the trails.
Once you’ve arrived, relax and enjoy the pace of small town living. Susanville may not be a big city but there is plenty to do and see. Diamond Mountain Casino is an excellent stop to try your luck and win a bundle. Not a gambler? No problem. A new hotel and two full service restaurants over flowing with tempting dining choices are reason enough to drop by. Bring the kids and catch a movie at Sierra Theater and Uptown Cinemas. Friendly small town shops and boutiques line the upper end of Main Street offering delights for all. In a single block you find hunting supplies and fine collectibles at Elegant Iris and The Men’s Den, anything you ever wanted to read at Margie’s Book Nook and sell your scrap gold or pick up a special gift at Leslie’s Jewelry. Susanville is dotted with shopping and dining treasures end to end. Trek the trails then pedal through and enjoy the hospitality of Susanville.