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Kasteelspoort Hiking Trail

Kasteelspoort Hiking Trail
Kasteelspoort Hike Duration

Duration

3 – 4 hours

Kasteelspoort Hike Difficulty

Difficulty

Moderate

Kasteelspoort Hike Trail Type

Trail Type

Out & Back

Kasteelspoort Hike Distance

Distance

3 km

The Kasteelspoort Hiking trail is one of the easier hikes up Table Mountain making it a popular trail for people of all fitness levels. The views from the top are simply terrific and the various rock formations allow for great photo opportunities. Once at the top you have a few different choices of where to head next. The total duration of the hike up and down is about 3 – 4 hours depending on where you start and of course, where you decide to head next!

Pipe Track to Kasteelspoort

Where to start the Kasteelspoort Hiking Trail?

  1. Start at the top of Theresa Avenue in Camps Bay.
  2. Start at the top of Kloof Neck and walk along the pipe track.

The first option is great if you don’t have a lot of time and want to get started quickly. About 5 – 10 mins of walking along the Theresa Avenue Jeep track leading up the mountain will get you to the start of the Kasteelspoort hiking trail. Parking on Theresa Avenue can be a bit limited and you will need to be mindful of residents driveways.
Option number two however will entail about 45 mins of walking along the famous pipe track before reaching the start of the trail. This is great if you want to soak up some views of Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles or simply just to warm up those ankles! The start of trail is well sign posted making it easy to find.

The trail ascends moderately at first veering off to the right of Kasteels buttress. Initially there is little shade so it’s best to do this hike in the early morning before the sun is at its hottest. Once at the foot of Kasteels buttress there is a short section where you will have to get your hands dirty, scrambling up a level. From here you will have great views of Camps Bay, Lion’s Head and Oudekraal.

Looking out towards the The Woodhead & Helly-Hutchinson Reservoirs

The path continues a little steeper up the Kasteelspoort Ravine but is nicely shaded. This section can be a bit slippery if there has been any rainfall, so be careful up there! Once at the top you can either head left into The Valley of the Red Gods and continue all the way to the top cable station, or you can head to the right which will take you to the site of the old cable way. You can also take this route if you plan on heading to The Woodhead & Helly-Hutchinson Reservoirs. The old cable way site provides a great place for a snack and cup of coffee and if you like, a few photo opportunities!

About The Author

Jason Crowther

Founder of The Hiking Chronicles, I grew up in the small town of Rosh Pinah in the South of Namibia. Exploring the surrounding veld bare foot and camping along the Orange River were just a few of my favourite past times. Having worked in the creative field for most of my young adult life, studying photography, film making and design, I found myself working as a front-end web developer / designer. I soon found that my lust for adventure and keen interest in hiking overpowered the hustle & bustle of the 9-5.

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