September 19, 2017
I'm not sure how this is listed as an intermediate.
This is not an Intermediate trail. It's listed as an IMBA Epic, being only one of two in Texas, the other being Big Bend.
There are portions, like the branches coming out of Tejas (most westerly trailhead), which are easy, the connection over the dam, which is paved, and the segment between Overlook and Hogg, which is intermediate, but the rest of the trail, especially the south end, which is very challenging.
Expect lots of babyhead rock, karsk, hops, small drops, and a couple of tough, yet short, climbs. Trail is technical, and has no flow, except for what is called out above.
North side of the trail is broken up with four parks where ranger stations are located, is ridden more often, and is generally thought as the easier side. South side is a bit more primitive, isn't ridden as often, is a bigger technical challenge than the north, and has no potential services between Cedar Breaks and Tejas.
Goodwater can be somewhat less well maintained then other trails in the area given that it's a bit more remote, and doesn't get some of the TLC as other local Austin trails.
That said, it is a worthwhile ride. The views are great, and having an IMBA Epic so close to a large city is a bit of a gift. Riding this trail consistently has made me a better overall rider.
Deception at Brushy Creek