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New Meetup: 26 Miles "Crack of Dawn" and "Sunset" Hike!!!

From: Cabe S.
Sent on: Monday, November 29, 2010 11:10 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Austin "Crack Of Dawn" Hiking Meetup Group!

What: 26 Miles "Crack of Dawn" and "Sunset" Hike!!!

When: Saturday, January 15,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Lake Georgetown
1234 street
Georgetown, TX 78664

(THIS IS A DRAFT... MORE DETAILS WILL BE UPDATED FOR THIS MEETUP. I JUST WANTED TO POST THIS SO AT LEAST WE CAN START RSVP's) I think its should be a 2day hike... Open to suggestions.

One of the longest trails in the Hillcountry area is also one of the most overlooked. The Goodwater Trail snakes around Lake Georgetown and almost completely encircles it. With several trailheads to choose from this hike provides a GREAT opportunity for for a multi-day circumnavigation. The San Gabriel River Trail ( Good Water Loop ) is a 26 mile rugged trail winding through dense Juniper Forest, Hardwood Bottomlands, and Prairie Grasslands . The trail extends completely around Georgetown Lake via the dam.

Before beginning a hike:

1. The plan is to complete the whole thing in two days and before 5pm on 9 Jan 11.
2. Good Water Trail makes a complete circle around the lake. We will meet at the head quarters are and determin a common parking place. We will there will be no other vihicular mode of transportaion unsless for emerncy purposes.
3. I am taking a Garmin GPS and Manual "old school" compass. Feel free to bring what ever you may have to assist with navigation, pace and distance mesures.
4. Taking a means of communication (cellular phone, radio) is recommended in case of emergency. Cell phones do not work in all areas.
5. Heavy footwear with strong ankle support is recommended.
6. You may need insect repelant.
7. Take ample food and water. There is no potable water at Cedar Hollow, Sawyer, and Walnut Springs camp areas.
8. I will research the checking in and out procedures. Because we are using the trail it is advised to check in and check out with the gate attendants at Cedar Breaks Park, Russell Park, and Tejas Camp.

During a hike:

1. Anything you brink with you, you have to take the whole way and make sure to leave with it.
2. We will hike in, and out. Eat drink and rest often. It is very important that we stay together.
3. PLEASE NOTE!!! this is a 26 mile turn around and I am not trying to compete or make this some kind of iron ma challenge, however please do not try to hike beyond your abilities.
4. Be ready for vigor: be in moderate hiking shape shape, pack smart, and be ready for steep terrain and any suprisng weather conditions.
5. We WILL stay on the trail. *****NOTE!!! we can collect any soveniers *****.
6. From what I gather completely based on reading, trail difficulty is easy to moderate in most places, but it can be strenuous at some locations, particularly between Cedar Breaks Park and Mile Marker 9.
7. Good Water Trail crosses Hunt Hollow Wildlife Management Area. Trail users should exercise caution during hunting season.
8. I like to let my dogs off lease but it is not allowed here. There is no rescue service for disabled or lost dogs. WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR DOGS ON LEASE!!!
9. Rescues for the injured are difficult and may be dangerous.

Trail Rules

Horses, off-road vehicles, and motorcycles are prohibited. Bicycles are allowed on the North side of the lake between Tejas Camp and Headquarters and on the South side of the trail between Cedar Breaks and Mile Marker 5.
Dogs must remain on leash 6 feet or less and under control. All waste must be properly removed from the trail.
Camp in designated areas only. These areas are Cedar Hollow, Sawyer, Walnut, and Tejas Camp.
Ground fires are prohibited. Use fire rings which were constructed for that purpose.
Tree cutting is prohibited. Use only wood that is found on the ground.
Please pack out trash. Trash cans are located at each trailhead.
The taking of plants, animals, rocks, fossils, artifacts and other items is prohibited and punishable under federal laws and regulations by fines up to $250,000.
Endangered Golden-cheeked Warblers are in the area from February to August. During this time and during hunts, please reduce noise and remain on the trail.
The Crockett Garden Spring and Falls is an environmentally sensitive area, do not bathe or wade in the spring stream or slide down the falls.

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