Gorge Hike

New Braunfels, Texas

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The Canyon Lake Gorge story begins with a normal rainy day, builds to a climatic event of cataclysmic proportions with all the drama of a disaster movie, and concludes with a happy ending. Canyon Lake, an 8000-plus-acre reservoir, was built to impound the waters of the Guadalupe River basin. This basin drains a significant portion of the central Texas Hill Country, an area latticed with creeks and arroyos where average rainfall peaks at between 30 to 35 inches per year. However, in June 2002 the river basin received 35 inches of rainfall in a week. Lake levels rose correspondingly, and by the Fourth of July water began to flow over the spillway. Throughout the next six weeks, water equal to two-and-a-half times the lake volume scoured a gorge over 40 feet deep in places and 2.5 miles long below the spillway.

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"The Canyon Lake Gorge story begins with a normal rainy day, builds to a climatic event of cataclysmic proportions with all the drama of a disaster movie, and concludes with a happy ending. Canyon Lake, an 8000-plus-acre reservoir, was built to impound the waters of the Guadalupe River basin.

This basin drains a significant portion of the central Texas Hill Country, an area latticed with creeks and arroyos where average rainfall peaks at between 30 to 35 inches per year. However, in June 2002 the river basin received 35 inches of rainfall in a week. Lake levels rose correspondingly, and by the Fourth of July water began to flow over the spillway. Throughout the next six weeks, water equal to two-and-a-half times the lake volume scoured a gorge over 40 feet deep in places and 2.5 miles long below the spillway."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New Braunfels
Distance: 1.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best in Fall
Local Contacts: Canyon Lake Gorge
Local Maps: USGS Sattler
Driving Directions: Directions to Gorge Hike

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May 2018