The Hiddingh-Ascension route up Table Mountain begins in Newlands Forest and takes you up what must truly be one of the remotest parts of the mountain. Much of the path is marked only by the odd rock and the chances of bumping into anyone else on this route is highly unlikely. It is tough route with some scrambling that requires a good level of fitness and is one of my favourites as the scenery is truly magnificent.
I do not recommend doing this route without someone who knows the route, or bringing dogs or young children.
You begin in the forest and head towards the contour path. Here the paths are clear and open filled with dog walkers and runners. The turn off the contour path and up Hiddingh Ravine is marked by a relatively small rock cairn. Here you see a vague path leading up through the trees. This path climbs steeply weaving between trees until taking you to the river itself. From here you climb up the river bed.