Goodwater Trail

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4.29 out of 5
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26
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↑ 1,400 ft
↓ 2,000 ft
871
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From Austinbike.com:
The trail is rocky and changes up quite often, from dirt and rock to rock and rock. There is not a lot of climbing, most of the climbs are short, but there were a few that really made me wheeze. The technical level varies from medium to mildly difficult, but there is no reason that a beginner couldn't take on the trails, and an expert will never be bored.

Update: As of 5 June 2010 the REI/Austin Ridge-rider's trail project is complete and blessed off on by the Corps of Engineers. The entire loop around Lake Georgetown (Goodwater Trail) is now open to mountainbikes. Trail length is now 26 miles.
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

October 18, 2015
 
Review: I did the section that runs from Cedar Breaks [sic] Park to Camp Tejas (where 258 crosses the river). The trail says it's about 11 miles. It felt like more, because of all the rocks. Still, I went with terrible equipment: semi-road tires, no suspension, broken shifter, and had a great time anyway. Be sure to stop at Crockett Gardens/Falls for a cool down. Nice views. Some fun descents and not too tough climbs, even for non mountain-bikers like myself. I had to carry my bike through a number of spots because I didn't have the skillz. The section between Sawyer Park and Camp Tejas is particularly fun, lots of ups and downs but not so much soul-crushing limestone bumpiness. I thought I would take the road back to Cedar Breaks park instead of the trail... error. It was about 15 miles back by road. Fine if you're in shape, but I was already tired by then. I would recommend this trail for any intermediate biker; just be ready to carry your bike sometimes. If you're not a regular biker, you'll be tired by the time you're halfway. Maybe arrange a ride from Camp Tejas if you're not up for the whole 25 and some-odd miles in one day.

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Bunny Hop

May 23, 2015
 
Review: A solid good trail that is a solid intermediate skill level. Lots of rocks and medium technical challenges to navigate along the way. A nice mixture of up hill, down hill and flat areas. Be sure to take time to enjoy the views as you go along.

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Granny Gear

February 24, 2015
 
Review: I did the entire loop this weekend. I am very good with direction and like many other online reviewers got lost 2x and had to backtrack many miles. This trail is brutal if you choose to do it all in one day. However I really enjoyed it and can't wait to do it many more times. Bring food and water. Study maps beforehand. I did it on a rigid 29er, I'm coming back with suspension for sure. Hardly any restrooms or facilities out here. Easy to choose the wrong path at times. Super awesome. You need to be in decent shape but have a good sense of humor otherwise the rocks will begin to eat away at your soul. Good luck.

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Granny Gear

August 28, 2014
 
Review: Was out there yesterday. A large tree fell right before you get to the campground just before the overlook where the trail breaks. I walked around it the first time, and it was pretty prickly, so I just went under it on the way back. This is on the south side of the loop. Bring a neck gaiter as I have ridden the trail enough times to get pelted by the millions of grasshoppers when riding through a particular field that is infested with them pretty badly. I just don't feel like swallowing one. :)

Very rocky once you get to getting around the lake, but navigable with tremendous effort.

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Granny Gear

April 9, 2014
Jack_Lowry Granny Gear  
 
Review: Only for the young guys and gals

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Poseur

March 17, 2008
 
Review: Rode this trail for the first time this weekend, and really enjoyed it. As the description and previous reviews say it is rocky. Very rocky. Rocky enough to make me consider replacing my beloved Rockhopper with a softtail. I think my favorite part of this trail was the fact that, in 2 hours out there, we saw one other person. Many sections also had beautiful views of the lake. Aside from the standard cautions about plenty of water, spare tubes (you'll likely need'em with all of the sharp rocks), etc., I want to point out that the overlook park parking area closes at dark, when they lock the gates. I'm not sure how punctual they are, but if you plan on being out much after dark you might want to consider alternate parking.

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Bunny Hop

December 3, 2007
harryt Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This trail is difficult not because of multiple technical areas, but because of all the rocks.. It isn't gravel but apple sized stones fixed in the dirt through most of the trail. There is also a great deal of larger rocks you navigate over with sharp edges (bring two spares). The most fun sections have fewer stones and provide a challenge in assent North of Jim Hogg Park. I prefer a FS when riding this trail due to the rocks. There is a creek crossing which is fun. I would say the best part of this trail is its length.

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Gramcounter


July 15, 2007
 
Review: Nice trail alongside lake georgetown

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Goodwater Trail MTB Trail 4.29 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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