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.