Good hike. Miles 0-7 are rough.

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User: rmtjr - 4/13/2004

Location: Good Water Trail

Difficulty: 2stars  Solitude: 4stars
Miles Hiked: 29.60 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: Water plentiful in mid April. Getting water from the lake at Cedar Hollow is easy, but finding a tent site is difficult with the rocks and slope. Water at Sawyer Camp requires wading in the lake to get some depth for pumping. Careful past MP 9. The two track trail splits. The corrrect route is to the right thru the fence and trees. No trail marker. MP 10 must be missing. (I didn't see # 12 either.) Look to the right after passing the trail marker at the end of the field after crossing the little dam. The two track trail around the edge of the field starts to parallel a path in the trees that goes straight to Tejas Camp. Tent sites at Tejas are $6.00/night. On the north side of the lake I lost the trail in the Walnut Springs Creek bottoms. I did not see the trail or a trail marker on the other side of the creek. Walnut Springs Camp is pretty rough. The privy is under construction. Returning the same route be careful after leaving Tejas Camp. The path through the trees that you followed earlier eventually goes down to the river while the Good Water Trail follows along the two track around the field and away from the river. The path just east of Cedar Hollow Camp is hard to see when it splits from the two track. The turn off is about 50 yards east of the Camp. When I passed there, there was a stack of three flat stones marking the path through the bushes. Trekking poles or a staff are certainly handy for miles 0-7. Lots of rock! After mile 7 there was little elevation gain or loss, except for a hillock at mile 9. At the same time the rest of the trail that I took was mostly in the open and will be pretty hot in the next couple of months.

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