4. Snark - Bandersnatch - Gryphon Loop

4. Snark - Bandersnatch - Gryphon Loop

    – 3.6 miles
    – 1,300 ft of vertical

Starting at Witzend Trailhead, head south on Waterline past Bandersnatch, BTI and Jabberwocky.  You’ll be above Ashland Creek for awhile. Continue up Snark as it climbs steeply before entering a shady glen, now just barely on Forest Service property. Snark then turns north and crosses Jabberwocky and rolls up and down–steeply at times– eventually intersecting with Bandersnatch. Turn right at Bandersnatch and immediately right again at Red Queen. Continue for about 1/3 of a mile to Gryphon and turn up and proceed another 1/3 of a mile to reach Bandersnatch. Turn left on Bandersnatch and return all the way back down to the Waterline trail and eventually to the Witzend Trailhead.

There is a substantial amount of climbing and descending on this single-track hike. Watch out for downhill mt bikes on Waterline (both Jabberwocky and BTI downhill bike routes finish here). The occasional, rare rider also uses Snark. Poison oak grows along the sunnier exposures of Snark, so pay attention to that as well.