Camps Bay, Cape Town

Diagonal Route up Table Mountain

Hiking Trails in or near Camps Bay, Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town, South Africa.

Things To Do in Camps BayDiagonal Route up Table Mountain

Hiking Trails Atlantic Seaboard City Bowl

Where? Start at the Pipe Track above Camps Bay, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town

When? Daylight hours.

How much? Free

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Camps Bay, in Cape Town

Start: Pipe Track above Camps Bay
Finish: back down on the pipe, or at the cableway car park
Duration: five hours or so
Fitness: moderate to difficult
Our tip: the path lies between Kasteelspoort and the city (about 500m before the Kasteelpoort turn off), so you can start from either end of the Pipe Track – Kloof Nek or Theresa Avenue

For those keen on an alternative route up Table Mountain to avoid the Platteklip gorge hordes, this is a favourite amongs hikers and starts from the Camps Bay side of the mountain. Whilst still a bit of a scramble to the top, you won't have to put up with the crowds. And large parts of it are in the shade, if you do it in the morning (late afternoon, however, the sun is fierce).

The start of the route is well signposted and pretty steep (you're not going to get away from the slog of getting up Table Mountain) but it levels out to get around Porcupine buttress. Up Porcupine ravine, it follows the river bed – steep and difficult (you will need both hands to help pull you up rock face).

Watch out for the right turn that diverges from the river and take one around Jubilee buttress. After which there is a final steep climb where you diverge with the path to 'valley of the red gods', which takes you onto the main table.

The descent is along any of the routes off the mountain.

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