– Distance: ~.65 miles
– Min/max elev.: 2224’/2380′
– Elev. gain/loss: 279’/-151′
Waterline is a short section of ped-bike trail used to connect to Bandersnatch and Snark. It is also the outlet for both the BTI and Jabberwocky downhill mountain bike trails.
Besides being an entrance/exit trail, Waterline is appealing in its own right as it affords a nice view of Ashland Creek and is generally shaded and cool relative to many trails. Except for a brief steep section, Waterline is also one of the few relatively flat trails in Ashland’s system.
Waterline is, in fact, along and on top of a former waterline. The actual pipe is visible in the trail tread in several sections as are old ventilation outlets. This trail has existed for many decades and therefore precedes all the trails connecting to it. The waterline pipe is no longer in use. AWTA formalized this as a trail with an approved trail application to the Ashland Forest Lands Commission in 2016.
AWTA has conducted various trailwork days on this trail including widening, garbage clean-up (three truckloads!), drainage and a long landscape underlayment.
Written by Torsten Heycke 04/28/2020