Which is the easiest hike up Table Mountain
The quickest way up to the plateau and the cable car area of Table Mountain is Platteklip Gorge. This is a beautiful route up the face of the mountain overlooking the city. The views are amazing and a reasonably fit person can expect to be at the top in under 2 hours.
Although non technical and with no exposure do not be lulled into thinking this is a gentle stroll. It is a very steep and cardiovascular route. The steps although clear are uneven in places and often large enough for you to need to use hands and knees to climb them.
But the effort is so worth it. The views the whole way up are fantastic and just get better and better.
As you get nearer the top the gorge narrows so you can almost reach out and touch both sides.
From the top it is a mere 15 minutes walk to the cable car and an easy ride down. It is important to check if the cablecar is open before you leave, as the hike down is tough on the knees and it can take as long to go up as to go down.