Shady Table Mountain hikes
February is traditionally the hottest month in Cape Town so it makes a lot of sense to consider the shade available when planning for a hike on Table Mountain. Here are a few shady Table Mountain hikes I can recommend.
The Western side of Table Mountain
If you are up good and early you can get along the Pipe Track and most of the way up one of the routes of the Western side before the sun gets over the mountain. There are a multitude of routes you can choose from. Diagonal is my favourite and the first route you pass if you leave your car at the top of Kloof Nek. So you can quickly be on the back table well before the reaches you. The most well know route on this side is Kasteelpoort which is a bit further along and always great. To get to the start of this route even quicker you can always park at the top of Theresa avenue in Camps Bay. Once the sun is up though these routes are very hot. The bare rock reflects the heat making it even hotter so I would definitely try to avoid these routes at 2 to 3 pm. If you really have to descend the mountain on this side Woody is the quickest and does have some shade on the way down.