The Blind Gulley hike up Table Mountain

Blind Gulley is one of the many routes up Table Mountain from the Camps Bay side. It does include some scrambling but as with many of the routes on Table Mountain the exposure is not too great. Like so many of the trails on this side of the mountain the views are fantastic.

Looking up Blind Gulley from the beginning of the hike

Looking up Blind Gulley from the beginning of the hike

You reach the beginning of the trail along the pipe track. Initially you take the path which is signposted “diagonal route”  This is the first signposted route off the Pipe Track if you walk from Kloof Nek in the direction of Hout Bay. You follow the diagonal path for about half an hour until you reach the first rocky bands. This is the most difficult part of the hike. You need to find the vague path leading off to the left and back towards the main table. The path is not clear initially as the rock is fairly bare.  Once you are on the path though it becomes more clear.

A steep part of the trail

A steep part of the trail

The path leads you along a contour for a short way until it reaches Blind Gulley itself. Here you go steeply uphill sometimes in the bed of the gulley and sometimes following a path at the side. After a couple of hours tough climbing you come to the base of the “Blinkwater Needle” It is well worth scrambling up to the top of this and taking a break here. On one side the views of the Atlantic Ocean, Lions Head and Camps Bay are outstanding whilst on the other, the seemingly sheer cliffs of Blinkwater face dominate the mountain.

The view from Blinkwater Needle

The view from Blinkwater Needle

Back ontrack again you pick up the path as it leads you along the cliff face and then up and over onto the back table. Here there are a few scrambles and one section of the path does have quite a steep drop off. I do not recommend this route in wet weather!

Parts of the path do have a steep drop off

Parts of the path do have a steep drop off

Once on the back table the path leads to Echo Valley. From here the easiest routes down would be Kasteelspoort or even the cable car.
Looking back down Blind Gulley and onto Blinkwater Needle
Looking back down Blind Gulley and onto Blinkwater Needle

“Get off the beaten track” on a guided hike with Ridgway Ramblers