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Goodwater Loop of Lake Georgetown - IMBA EPIC

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26.3 Miles 42.2 Kilometers



837' 255 m


-842' -257 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (8°)

911' 278 m


802' 244 m


Shared By Derrick Davis



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An excellent skills building trail with many scenic views.

Derrick Davis

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The Goodwater Loop AKA "The Dragon" is a technical trail with lots of technical sections of "Cheese Grater" limestone rocks. While it's mostly flat, there are several sections of short, but very steep climbs/downhills.

The sections of doubletrack, make up for their easiness with AWESOME views of the San Gabriel River prairies. Mixed with sections of intermittent singletrack, that weave through the cedars and prickly pear cactus along the banks of the San Gabriel River.

The Goodwater Loop has several trailheads/parks and other access points along it's 26 miles. You can even start in Downtown Georgetown on the North San Gabriel River Trail

Need to Know

If you are a biker or hiker, there is no fee to enter at the gated and attended park entrances. But there is plenty of parking outside of the gated parks.

The mile markers start at Cedar Breaks Park, going in a clockwise direction.


Starting at Cedar Breaks Park (mile marker 0), head west along some very tough and technical section of the "Cheese Grater" limestone rocks. From there, the trail passes through an old homestead, then crosses the creek at historic Crockett Garden. The trail continues through remains of old rock walls, crossing over several deep creek beds via small foot bridges, then continues on through Sawyer Park.

After Sawyer Park, the trail climbs and descends along the south banks and prairies of the North Fork San Gabriel River. After crossing over and through the scenic overlook at Jim Hogg Hollow, the trail drops off into the prairies and runs along the south banks of the river, with awesome views of the higher north banks of the river.

Eventually, the Goodwater Loop passes through the edge of the Tejas Campground and crosses over the North Fork San Gabriel River on the narrow CR 258 bridge/Hunt Crossing. Just after crossing over the bridge, look for the trailmarker on your right. From here, the trail follows along the north banks of the river. After a short climb, the trail passes through a prehistoric campsite and through a dry bed creek crossing.

From here, the trail turns right onto a short section of doubletrack, then be on the look out for the singletrack veering off to the right. This nice and short section of singletrack weaves through cedars and prickly pear cactus on the north banks of the river that can be seen from trail along the southern bank. The Goodwater Loop then follows along Booty's Road, just before Box Crossing. Although this section is flat, it has awesome views of the rivers prairies, Jim Hogg Hollow and the back waters of Lake Georgetown.

At the end of Booty's Road, the trail turns left and back into singletrack, climbing up to Russell Park. After Russell Park, the singletrack continues through a variety of terrain, passing through more old rock walls, a burned midden site, and an awesome stone wall switchback before reaching Jim Hogg Park. After J. Hogg Park, the trail is all singletrack to the Overlook trailhead.

From the Overlook Trailhead, the Goodwater Loop is a closed, paved road that runs along the top of the Lake Georgetown Dam and ends at Cedar Breaks Park. If you do want an additional workout, take the paved trail that leads down to the section of the San Gabriel/Georgetown Greenway, turn around and make the climb back up to the road atop the dam.

Many riders start at downtown Georgetown and take the greenway to the Goodwater Loop.

History & Background

The Goodwater Loop passes through many old rock walls, foundations, several indian burned rock middens, a prehistoric campsite and 2 historic crossings. Historical markers are located along all these points of interest.


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Jan 10, 2019
keith radons
Dec 29, 2018
Teddy Ryan
It's cod.
Sep 4, 2018
Danny Cook
Sep 2, 2018
Rudy V
Punishing terrain 27mi — 3h 54m
Aug 6, 2018
Bobby C
This isn’t for a beginner. 3mi
Jul 22, 2018
Nicole Dorholt
woof. hot! 6mi
Jul 21, 2018
Jenny Burden
Jul 8, 2018
Greg O’Shea
Rode from Overlook Park trailhead, along North shore. Was clear, with some mud. No standing water, but damp enough trail today to pick up mud in tread 10mi — 0h 40m

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A friend and I did the whole loop last weekend. It is 26.7 miles of mostly rocks and more rocks. It took us just under 4 hours. We both ride 4-6 days evrey week on other trails and we were both very tired. Best have a good strong grip. Nice views and clear trails. Nov 21, 2017
Rudy V
Rudy V   Austin
First ride on this bad boy and WOW! Very punishing terrain. While i would say there is a small amount of fun sections in this loop, and AMAZING views it is mostly jagged rocky terrain almost “coral like” your doing most of the riding at slow speed and picking lines so you dont destroy your tires on the super pointy rocks that would puncture a tractor tire. There are some awesome mini downhill sections scattered in there and quite a bit of small technical descents and climbs (mostly climbs) however you do get rewarded with a bit super scenic views and some jeep road with great views of the water. Here are some tips coming from a first timer 1. Run Tubeless tires. 2. Tires should not be too hard or soft but more on the firm side. 3. Ride early in the morning if its hot outside. 4. Bring Plugs and at least 1 spare tube because there is a good chance you will get a hole in your tire. 5. Dial in your nutrition and greatly up your water intake 2 days before you attempt the whole loop. 6. If your full suspension psi should be slightly softer then a normal trail ride unless you already run it softer then normal. 7.Pedal position is key the rocks want your pedals! 8. Bring lots of water and some ride food. There are a few stops you can refill water we stopped at 2. 1 at Tejas camp and 1 at The ticket station. I had a 3 liter hydration pack and a water bottle and a few hydration tablets. I wouldnt consider this a very fun ride but its very challenging and you will feel like a boss when you beat the dragon. Sep 2, 2018
Henry English
Austin, TX
Henry English   Austin, TX
I'm looking to ride here on the 6th of October, anyone know the condition of the trail? Oct 2, 2018

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