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Walking up Table Mountain from
I am often asked “what is the easiest walk up Table Mountain?” A good question, and one I am not ever too sure how to answer.
A lot of people would immediately answer Platteklip Gorge. This is the steep route straight up the front of the Cape Town side of the mountain. It is easy in that it is basically a steep staircase. No ropes or a head for height are required. Most people, of even quite negligable fitness with a bit of determination can reach the top in under 3 hours. Coming down is another story. Anyone with a slightly dodgy knee will suffer. Sticks are definitely recommended. Or even the cable car. Only a 15 minute away from the top of the gorge. For this reason alone Platteklip may qualify as the easiest route as it is the most direct to the main table top.
However, from Constantia Nek there is a concrete road leading up the Back Table. Although steep it winds its way up to 650m at the De Villiers dam.