Kasteelspoort to Upper Cable Station Via Echo Valley

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Kasteelspoort to Upper Cable Station Via Echo Valley is a 11.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.6 km Elevation Gain: 1,016 m Route Type: Out & Back

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The hike starts from the most southern residential area of Camps Bay, heads up one of the gullies between the 12 Apostles. Once on top of Table Mountain, use a myriad of trails to pass some huts used by the South Africa Scouts (there's a public hut as well that looks like it would be a great place for a picnic). You'll pass above the reservoirs and head through Echo Valley towards the upper cable station. The cable car costs 125 rand. There is a cafe and shops at the top, which is a great place for a sandwich and a beer. Come back down the cable car and head back. Lots of streams, birds, and steps.

12 days ago

Very good trail. The first climb goes to the Kasteelsport lookout, near Old Cableway station. Some people prefer to climb up this lookout and return the same way they came. After this stretch, the path to the Cable Car is a bit drawn, especially if it is windy a lot, as you have to go up and down some valleys. Not to mention that we have not seen any other person in this part. The trail physically demands. The person who accompanied me was not prepared and had to make several stops to rest, making our journey take 6h at all. I recommend that you go prepared with water, clothes of cold cuts wind, and a map, because some stretches are not well signposted. I left the trail in one stretch and only noticed looking at the map. At the top there is a cafeteria next to the tram station. Also, wonderful view of Cape Town, it's well worth it!

3 months ago

One of the more trafficked paths up Table Mtn for good reason: well-marked, well-maintained, gorgeous views, and moderately challenging. No shade. Can also be reached from the Pipe Track that starts from corner of Tafelberg Rd & Kloof Nek. Often used as a descent path for those who come up more technical and challenging routes.

epic walk. unbelievable.

6 months ago

Awesome hike. I would rate this hike moderate difficulty, but we definitely got a good workout, plus the view is amazing. Bring extra socks. My feet got wet during stream crossings, and it was cold at the upper cableway in December. The trail is well marked but my off-line map helped.

10 months ago

Wonderful trail up from Camp’s Bay along the face of the Apostles, up through a gorge with a waterfall on your right, up and over the top of 12 apostles, then up and down echo valley and finally the ascent to table mountain. Well marked, easy to use with all trails app. We did it with two middle aged hikers and one younger hiker and it took exactly four hours with a few stops. A little wet at points so wear good shoes and use hands on the steeps when wet. Lovely vistas and changing flora all the way up. While many steep parts, these are nicely intermixed with flats to regain your balance. Very sunny so would not recommend in summer heat. Parked at trailhead at top of residential street in Camps bay and seemed very safe. Would not recommend going down the trail unless fit and experienced with declines. We took the cable car after our enjoyable ascent

Friday, July 06, 2018

Beautiful route. The climbing makes it tough, but it’s worth it for the views/nature.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

This hike was hard but so much worth it. Had to do scrabbling lots of times and some areas were expose but the views made it all worth it. Had 2 ladders to climb up to get all the way to the cable cars but were ok for me since not as expose. Also had the trail for myself most of the way since only saw 5 hikers and 3 rangers the 5 hrs I was in the trial. Need to know your way around because most part not identify and can get confusing in the section where it is all rock climbing, so go with a guide ( I did) if not familiarize with it. The guide can also take your pics!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Beautiful,isolated and challenging. All the important factors for a good hike

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Awesome trail! Beware...if you follow this route turn by turn, there is a ton of rock climbing up some slippery paths. Be sure to wear waterproof shoes, as there are some soggy spots. We took the cable car down the other side. Overall pretty demanding trail but the views are worth it!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Take the time to hike along the reservoirs as well !

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