| 8.10 Miles
Getting there: From I-35 in central Georgetown, exit onto Hwy 29 (also
known as University Avenue) and head east. Turn left onto Rock Street and park along the
road near the entrance to Blue Hole Park as the road turns to the left. Alternatively,
access the trail from San Gabriel Park by exiting I-35 and heading east on Williams Drive,
turning north onto Austin Ave. and looking for the park on the right.
The Hike: Georgetown features a network of trails along the San Gabriel
River, with many folks starting at the trailhead at Blue Hole Park.
You can continue east from Blue Hole on a cement path along the side of
the South San Gabriel for about half a mile where you have the option of
crossing the San Gabriel River just below where the two forks of the San Gabriel
join (at least you will when they get around to repairing the bridge).? For now
continue east until you get to the road crossing.? I've found, that unlike
Austin, cars will actually stop for you to cross here.? Head on down until the
trail runs out and continue on along the roadway for the last 100 yards before
you cross the river.
|The San Gabriel Trail is partly paved, making it suitable for walking or biking.|
What's that you say?? There's no pedestrian crossing!?
Just trust me!? Keep going straight towards the gate ahead of you and after you
pass the turn to the bridge, look to the left; you'll see a path down to a foot
crossing on the east side of the bridge.? Now you have two choices; You can go
either direction.? The path turns into cinders here and makes a 1.5 -2 mile loop
around San Gabriel Park.? The left path is a shortcut back to the crossing.?
There is a set of 3 springs just past the pavilion area to the left.? Look for
the cypress trees. You'll see many ducks and geese in this area.? If you go to
the right, you'll pass a 9 hole Frisbee Golf course.
When you get to the aforementioned crossing,
the path becomes cement again and goes along the North San Gabriel for another
mile or so.? We got to a flooded crossing underneath IH 35 and turned back.?
From here you're just yards away from Lion's Head Springs.? After the 4th IH 35
bridge, go up to the right and take the dirt jeep trail into the woods.? Stay
next to the cliff to your right and you can't miss it.? It should be the first
place you see with water dripping along with ferns growing there.
Mileage and steps
User: Austin Explorer
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Distance: 10.00 Miles
Duration: 3 hours, 54 minutes
Started off at Booty's Road Park and headed towards Georgetown, did the loop around San Gabriel Park and doubled back to the car. Coppertone got a new pedometer and is now competing against others at work, so she was keen on getting some mileage in, even if she was breaking in new footwear.
We noted a number of large snails high up on mileage posts or street lights. I'm not sure why they seem inclined to make that much of an effort.
The partly cloudy skies helped hold down the temperatures. We were thankful for that.
Finishing out at 10 miles just feet from our car we could not have planned the distance any better!
Decided that we'd come back to do the remainder of the trail to Overlook Park on a different day. We also need to come back and map the South San Gabriel River Trail segment.
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Distance: 8.10 Miles
Duration: 4 minutes
My 10 and 7 year old daughters and I biked this (the 7 year old has a one speed and did fine - she is a fairly athletic soccer player though).
The scenery was pretty and the river has been made more interesting by the past summer's flooding. The trail is excellent, although there were some spots where my 7 year old had to get off and walk her bike.
We saw a herd of deer and made it all the way to the top of the dam at Lake Georgetown. It gave the girls a great feeling of acomplishment. The downhill ride back takes about half the time going out.