“Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
What I tell you three times is true.”
– Hunting of the Snark, An Agony in Eight Fits
– Distance: ~.9 miles
– Min/max elev.: 2356’/2739′
– Elev. gain/loss: 580’/-223′
Snark is a pedestrian-mt bike trail that connects Waterline to Bandersnatch and eventually to BTI. Snark crosses Jabberwocky.
Snark climbs east from Waterline into a cool, verdant dell and climbs again into a brilliantly sun-baked south-facing slope. It then descends and climbs again steeply making for challenging hiking, running and biking. Few mountain bike riders use this trail; however some riders use it to connect from Jabberwocky to get to Bandersnatch and then BTI. This is not recommended when one-way trails are in force.
This trail was built sometime in the late 1990s and called BTO, after the trail builder and a bow toward BTI. The Ashland Forest Lands Commission approached AWTA and asked that the trail either be brought into compliance with existing trails standards and made official with a trails application and approval; or be decommissioned. AWTA submitted a trails application in 2015. The trail has been modified only slightly and remains narrow and rugged in many places. It may get some attention in future years.
Written by Torsten Heycke 04/29/2020