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Goodwater Trail at Lake Georgetown (North of Austin)

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No. of Reviews: 21

The Goodwater Trail runs 5.5 mile one way from Russell to Tejas Park and consists of one mile of rocky technical singletrack then easy single and doubletack (4.5 miles.) The extension from Russell to Jim Hogg will consist of rocky singletrack (intermediate level thought I selected All Skills) with lake views, a wet creek crossing, and even a switchback and will run 4.25 miles. IMBA's Trail Care Crew's sustainable trail building techniques are being used to build the extension. In the near future a complete loop around the lake of 28+ miles will potentially host an IMBA epic. NOTICE: The south side of the Goodwater Trail is closed to biking until the loop has been completed.
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Latitude
30.673943701226552
Longitude
-97.72390365600586
Trail Directions
Take I-35 north to exit 261A, Lake G-town/Williams Dr./2338/Granger/Andice/Del Webb's Sun City. Turn left (west) on Williams/2338. Go about 6-7 miles, pass an HEB on the left and the turn for Cedar Breaks Park, pass Sun City on the right, pass the turn for Jim Hogg Park/Road on the left, and look for a sign on the right pointing left that says, "Russell Park." Turn left onto CR 3405. Look for another sign saying the same thing about a mile down and turn left onto CR 262. This will lead you straight to the park. There is no need to go to the gate attendant. Just park on the right as you enter or in the cove to the right. Trail head starts in the cove. New trail is being added to connect Russell and Jim Hogg Parks adding 4.25 miles. Look for that trailhead (currently unmarked) off the first road on the left as you enter the park.
Trail Length
~10
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Georgetown
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Review Date
September 29, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dex ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've mapped and uploaded the 26 mile loop and several images to Mtb Project.
http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/6045531/san-gabriel-river-goodwater-loop

Also an easier but very scenic 11 mile out and back from Russell Park
http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/6218876/russell-park-and-tejas-campground



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Review Date
November 21, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: crinaustin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've ridden or walked sections of or the entire Goodwater Trail about a dozen times. Since sections are extremely rocky, I frequently take the hike-a-bike approach. Otherwise, you can lose control and this is the last place you want to incur a mobility injury. I've done the trail with both rigid cyclocross and 29er hardtail bikes. This trail is far more enjoyable when it's cool; otherwise, you'll be pretty miserable for the last miles, especially if you try to do it rapidly. I usually take about 7 or 8 hours to complete around 32 miles.
I've never had a flat, but I'm conservative about walking the bike over areas with sharp limestone. Mesquite thorns are what usually get my tires, but this trail is mostly Ashe juniper. Take tubes and a patch kit as a precaution.
Take plenty of water and a HAT; a hydration pack is recommended. Water can be obtained on the trail at Tejas Camp and at the check stations / restrooms at Cedar Breaks, Russell, Jim Hogg, and Lake Overlook Parks. Trail snacks are essential in my opinion.

Recommended Route:
I usually start out from San Gabriel Park to the east which adds about 8 easy miles roundtrip. Various shortcuts can remove quite a few miles from the 26-mile lake circuit, but a GPS and some planning are highly recommended. The low-water Box Crossing over the San Gabriel at the W end of the Lake (markers 9/10 or 12/13) cuts off a few miles. During low water, you can cut across the hollows (markers 16 and 18) around Russell Park, but it requires some bushwacking and a GPS.
A nice out-and-back of around five miles is from the Cedar Breaks Park trailhead W to Crockett Gardens / Knight Spring (the most popular feature at Lake Georgetown).
The trailhead at Westlake Pkwy on the S side can be used for access and emergencies. A few trailheads exist on the north side also, but the various manned park entrance gates are your best bet if you should need help.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Comanche Bluff - Lake Granger - mostly single-track (no rocks!) completely different from Goodwater to the W
Pecan Grove WMA - Lake Granger - mostly old double-track
San Gabriel R - Georgetown - paved and hardpack
Cameron Park - Waco
Barton Ck - Austin - rugged single-track in juniper woodland
Slaughter Ck - Austin - single-track in mixed field/woodland



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Review Date
October 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Rorschach1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Absolutely brutal, but nothing you can't roll through, except some of the climbs and ledges. It is a challenge to keep enough speed to roll over the rocks at times. Bring your 29'er full suspension with plenty of tubes and at least one tire. I've cut open 3 tires so far.

Recommended Route:
The toughest is from Cedar Breaks, going clockwise on the south side.
Start at Overlook and go CCW along the north side for slightly less vicious rocks.
Gate entry is free with a bike and if you are going riding.



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Review Date
August 7, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Josh Selleck ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
When they say lots of rocks, they're serious. Half a mile in and I was already changing a tube so take spares. It was 103 degrees the day my wife and I rode it, so we took lots of breaks and only got about 5 miles in. Road from Russel down to the lake and then followed the single track. Being a 28 mile loop, this would be a great place for a weekend adventure with campsites around the lake that allow for true primitive camping.

Recommended Route:
Any



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Review Date
August 19, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: chefsbikes ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Trail is open all the way around Lake Georgetown.

The Mile Markers say it is 26 miles long, but my bike computer said it was more like 30.

Gorgeous scenery, beautiful lake and a ton of rocks. The trail would not be that difficult if it were not for the rocks. There are so many that it is difficult to see the trail at times. You really cant get up any speed on the trails due to the rocks. Probably just a new trail that needs to be ridden, and maybe it was riding the loop on a steel hardtail...

I would do it again for sure. Bring a fishing pole. The lake is teeming with fish.

Recommended Route:
Start at Cedar Breaks and go clockwise. Bring PLENTY of water, snacks, gels, etc... Round trip took about 4.5 hours.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Emma Long (City Park)
Hill of Life



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