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User: _Rat_ - 10/17/2008

Location: Good Water Trail

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Miles Hiked: 28.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: 1 day, 4 hours, 30 minutes

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Started @ Tejas Camp at 4:00 PM on Friday, heading East along the South shore; the plan was to make Cedar Hollow before nightfall.

Quite a bit of the trail is overgrown with bloodweed (not impassable tho) and it is above head height. other areas are overgrown but with low growth. Just stick to the map, and the base of the hill, and you will be fine.

Met two hikers at Sawyer Camp turn, met the third of their party about a quarter mile up the trail.

Made Cedar Hollow about 7 PM. Plenty of time to go to the lake and get water as well as set up camp. Hit the hammock around 9 PM woke up at 10:15 to voices, other hikers had arrived it seemed: one even had a hammock!

In the morning made another trip to the lake for water, very cool steam rising off of the lake, quiet, no boats out yet, water softly lapping the bank; I finished my coffee at the lake and headed to camp. Packed up and left at 8:30 AM. The plan is to make Walnut Camp today (about 15 miles or so).

Heading East along the South shore the trail is great, a little muddy from recent rains, but not so bad it clogged up my shoes, nice and cool also, a great weekend for hiking! Heading North across the Dam blows, it's a long walk on pavement, but you make good time.

I stopped at Jim Hogg to eat lunch and re-water. This is the first time I have been on the new addition, very nice!

I see a few people around the trailheads, but nowhere else, except a few MBikers whizzing by! Man, those guys make great time.

I arrived at Walnut Camp @ about 4 PM, tired and sore, but in a good way. The campsite is still in the cleanup process from the floods last year, bulldozers, trash and stuff all over the place. This is my first visit to Walnut Camp, very nice spot if you are a tent camper, but not so much if you are a hammocker, like me. The trees are BIG, beautifull and too far apart. So after an hour or so of R&R I walked down to the lake to re-water, strapped on the pack and headed out to find a more suitable place to hang for the night.

I realized the farther I got down the trail, with no nice hammocking spot to be found, I might as well just head on back to Tejas. So I did.

I arrived in Tejas @ 8:15 PM comlpeting the loop. I touched every Mile Post except 22, I must have missed it, so I hit 11 twice!

I had a great time, the weather was perfect, the trail in pretty good shape (and the part that wasn't didn't bother me, but it may some people), not many people, just a perfect weekend hike!

 



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