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Russell Park and Tejas Campground

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great ride with a few technical sections and awesome views of the North Fork San Gabriel.


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Map Key

11.0

Miles

17.7

KM

45%

Singletrack

901' 275 m

High

792' 241 m

Low

286' 87 m

Up

291' 89 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Note that the Box Crossing is not accessible in winter season when the lake level is higher and covers the bridge. In this case, the ride is an out and back on north side of river/lake.

Overview

This ride covers only a short section of the "cheese grater" rocks, and then drops into the prairies of the North Fork San Gabriel River.

The ride follows Booty's Road along the north banks of the river crossing over the North Fork San Gabriel River at Hunt Crossing/CR 258 and then turns east along the south banks of the North Fork San Gabriel River. Eventually, you'll cross the river again at Box Crossing and return back to Russell Park along the same route.

Description

Head west from the Russell Park Trailhead/parking lot. The trail starts with a fairly technical set of limestone step-downs. Then, for a short distance, the trail is packed gravel that leads up to several short sections of "cheese grader" rocks. This section is a good "skill builder" for the less experienced/beginner riders. Just before the trail drops into the prairies, there is a short technical section of tight, larger rocks with roots, then a downhill section of loose, flat rocks.

As the singletrack drops into the prairies of the North Fork San Gabriel River, turn right onto Booty's Road and begin the scenic, easy ride along the doubletrack. After passing Box Crossing, be on the lookout for the singletrack veering off to the left. This section rides the high banks of the North Fork San Gabriel River.

After returning to a short section of doubletrack, be on the lookout for a sharp left where the singletrack crosses a shallow creek and then passes through the prehistoric campsite.
After this short section of singletrack, turn left on CR 258 and cross over the North Fork San Gabriel River at Hunt Crossing. The trail begins behind the guard rail after the bridge, just before the entrance to Tejas Campground, with the restrooms on your right. Head east along the south banks of the river, with scenic views of the north banks to your left.

Follow the doubletrack as it turns into singletrack just before at Box Crossing. Here, you can either take the short, steep climb or ride along the banks of the river and cross at Box Crossing. After crossing over at Box Crossing, turn right and follow Booty's Road back to the singletrack that climbs and passes through the hand full of technical sections that lead back to Russell Park along the same trail.

History & Background

Several historical markers are along this route, telling about the history of 2 river crossings, a burned rock midden and a prehistoric campsite.

Contacts

Shared By:

Derrick Davis with improvements by Greg O’Shea

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 5 votes

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Photos

Sometimes the area's trails can be flooded after heavy rains.
Mar 14, 2017 near Serenada, TX
Riding along the north banks of the North Fork San Gabriel River Goodwater Loop
Sep 29, 2014 near Serenada, TX
The unnamed creek crossing along the Goodwater Loop, next to the Prehistoric Campsite
Sep 3, 2014 near Serenada, TX
Crossing over the North Fork San Gabriel River and getting ready to head east along the south banks of the river
Sep 29, 2014 near Serenada, TX
A scenic and calm section of trail overlooking Lake Georgetown
Aug 27, 2014 near Serenada, TX
The Goodwater Loop weaving through prickly pear cactus along the north banks of the San Gabriel River
Sep 3, 2014 near Serenada, TX

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May 25, 2019
Greg O’Shea
Not doable today! Lake level has both the road and Box crossing bridges flooded and impassable. Trail is also flooded in multiple spots. 3.1mi — 0h 18m
Mar 18, 2019
Greg O’Shea
Box Crossing still flooded; bridge is about 3 ft underwater and can be seen. Maybe somebody can try wading across? ;) 8mi — 0h 50m
Sep 16, 2018
Greg O’Shea
Muddy today
Sep 2, 2018
Greg O’Shea
Did most of this leaving from Tejas Camp 8mi — 1h 00m
Jun 30, 2018
Sawyer Graham
half 5mi
Jun 23, 2018
Greg O’Shea
Rode in a few and back from Russel trailhead. 7mi
Dec 16, 2017
Alberto Valdivia
Great easy ride I did with my 9 years old son 10mi
Apr 1, 2017
Chasity Loyd
14.7mi