Lake Georgetown – Goodwater Trail, Cedar Breaks TH 5/14/16

 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

 

Hike: Lake Georgetown – Goodwater Trail, Cedar Breaks TH

Weather: HUMID, mid 80s, overcast

Hikers: Ian

Length: 7.19 miles

 

I went out to Lake Georgetown with the intention of hiking a section of the Goodwater Loop that I hadn’t done before, but for the life of me couldn’t find where the trail heads east from the trail head, only west to the section I did last January.  But that section was very beautiful, so a repeat was in the cards.  Started just about 9am.

Trail Head

Trail Head

The trail starts out pretty rocky and then climbs up to border the lake for a while.  The water is about 30 feet below and there are some pretty good views of the lake, especially with it being completely full.  I saw several hikers and a couple of backpackers.  There were a lot of boats out on the lake today too.

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Cactus living on the edge of the cliff

Cactus living on the edge of the cliff

 

The bluebonnets are long gone, but the fire wheels, prickly pear cactus flowers, and tons of other wildflowers are going strong.

did not hear a Who

I did not hear a Who

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wild raspberries...yes please

wild raspberries…yes please

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I got down to Crockett Garden Falls and it was a completely different experience from last time where we could actually walk under the falls.  Now they were about 20 feet out into the water and only about 4 feet high.  Still very beautiful though.

 

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Longhorn on private land bordering the trail

Longhorn on private land bordering the trail

I went a little further past the falls to the 3 mile marker and stopped to eat a quick early lunch and check on the weather.  Storms were forecast to hit the area in a couple of hours, so I decided to turn around and head back a little earlier than planned.  I took a quick side trail near the trail head out and back and then got back to the car just as the rain drops started to fall.  Great hike near Austin that I highly recommend.

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