A long walk on Table Mountain

If you want a hike on that includes as much of the best that Table Mountain has to offer, then the following could be perfect for you. It is a long hike but it is definitely worth the effort.

Contact Ridgway Ramblers for more information on this hike and other routes on Table Mountin.

Up Kasteelspoort through the Aquaduct to Maclears Beacon

Take the Pipe Track from the top of Kloof Neck and ascend the mountain via Kasteelspoort. The Pipe Track offers such magnificent views of the Atlantic seaboard, Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles. It also serves as an introduction to the history of the reservoirs of Table Mountain.

The Pipe track overlooks Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles

Start this hike along the Pipe Track overlooking Camps Bay

Take the Kasteelspoort path uponto the back of Table Mountain. This is a popular route which is well marked and relatively easy. It is steep in places and has some very easy scrambles. The views are fantastic and just get better.Once at the top of the gorge take the path to the right and then right again marked to the view point. Here is one of the most photographed and remarkable spots on the mountain. The remnants of the original cableway used to transport the equipment and materials used to build the reservoirs up the mountain are found. Also found here is the famous “springboard rock.” A feature that makes for extremely dramatic photographs but is actually very easy to reach.

The viewpoint at the top of Kasteelspoort

A dramatic photo on Table Mountain

From here retrace your steps back to the 12 Apostles path but go straight over and towards the middle of the back of Table Mountain. Follow the wide path to a wide junction (with a tap if you need a water refill) Keep going straight on along the now cement road past the Woodhead reservoir to the small building that houses the waterworks museum. It should take you +/- 3 hours to reach here. It is a fascinating place for a snack stop. From here you need to find the path that leads you past the Hely Hutchinson reservoir and into the Aquaduct. It is a small path that is difficult to find directly opposite the museum. Once you are on it, it is relatively clear just the entrance is a bit obscured by overgrown bush. This is an amazing path that leads you up the side of the Disa River as it tumbles down a beautiful gorge into the dam. Although small the steep cliffs lined with trees and ferns are wonderful and a complete contrast to the mornings hike.

 

The Aquaduct path on Table Mountain

The aquaduct path offers a complete contrast to Kasteelspoort

The Aquaduct path leads up the side of the gorge and then to the right and towards the Eastern side of the mountain. It eventually joins with Smuts track from where the views of the Southern suburbs and False Bay again offer a totally different aspect of Table Mountain.

 

Views of the Southern suburbs

Overlooking False Bay on the East of Table Mountain

Turn left onto Smuts track and it leads you to Maclears Beacon. At 1085m this is the highest point of Table Mountain and about 300m higher than the top of Kasteelspoort. Much of this height is gained now when you join Smuts Track. The views from Maclears Beacon are exceptional. Offering 360 degree view of the city. However this is not the end of your hike.

You now follow the cliff path towards the cable way station. This remarkable path is pretty flat and follows the cliffs that overlook the city bowl.

The cliff edge path on Table Mountain

Lions Head and the Western Table viewed from the cliff edge path

Finally you have the choice of descending via the cable car or Platteklip gorge. As far as the cable car this hike should take you around 6 hours so including hiking down Platteklip and back to you car you will be looking at 8 to 9 hours hiking.