“The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,”
(from the poem Jabberwocky in Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

   – Distance: ~ 2 miles
   – Min/max elev.: 2376’/3333′
   – Elev. gain/loss: 490’/-1448′

Click here for routes and maps with Jabberwocky.

Jabberwocky is a bike-only, downhill-only trail connecting Lizard and Caterpillar with Waterline. Jabberwocky also crosses Snark, a multi-use trail. The most used moutain bike trail in the watershed, it can be ridden by 7-year olds and 70-year olds, but still holds some challenges for more experienced riders.

The original Jabberwocky was built illegally and the Trails Unlimited evaluation in 2010 was harsh: “Only five percent of the trail is sustainable, 10 percent requires minor rerouting and 85 percent is in need of major rerouting. ” The subsequent Jabberwocky II or JabII is less steep, features significantly more turns and is substantially longer than the original. This trail was mostly machine built by Jake Contreras (with substantial help from others) and, while the trail seemed wide initially, it has “shrunk” to look more like a conventional hand-built trail. The construction of this trail in 2017 was funded by AWTA with partial payback from an RVMBA fundraiser.

Written by Torsten Heycke 05/18/2020

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