Saturday, May 14, 2016
Hike: Lake Georgetown – Goodwater Trail, Cedar Breaks TH
Weather: HUMID, mid 80s, overcast
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.
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.
The bluebonnets are long gone, but the fire wheels, prickly pear cactus flowers, and tons of other wildflowers are going strong.
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.
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.