Platteklip Gorge to Upper Cable Station

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Platteklip Gorge to Upper Cable Station is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,398 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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rocky

A straight-up hike up Platteklip Gorge - past Fountain Peak, take the cable car (125 rand) to the top and back, then head back down to the trailhead.

hiking
5 days ago

Go early to avoid crowds. We started at 7am and we’re at top at 9am. Gorgeous

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

A physical preparation is necessary for this path.

hiking
25 days ago

Most of this hike is just stairs. It may be difficult for those who are not physically fit, but one does not need a lot of hiking experience to reach the top. Beautiful hike up and down. Highly recommend!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

I made this a little longer by hiking up from GreenMarket in the CBD. It ended up being 5.2 miles in total. Nice experience to leave from bowl and look back on it as you gain elevation. The gorge itself is short but intense. I felt the burn getting to the top and rewarded myself with a cable car ride down and an Uber back. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Best Trail best place South Africa number 1

rocky
2 months ago

The trail is rough with some stairs that make things difficult but it's doable anyone who loves hiking can do it. The views are breathtaking take as much pictures as you want.

hiking
2 months ago

Brutal if you are not prepared - most beautiful nature experience

hiking
2 months ago

brilliant hike started out at 4.00 am using head lamps our guide Muki promised us a beautiful sun rise from the top and he was as good as word. we are in out later 50's and it took 2.45hrs to get up. one of the best days ever.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

The views are worth the effort. Heavily traffic, but makes for some good conversation. Plenty of kids doing the trail.

Great trail. Took about 2 hours to do to the peak. Was a little steep for my wife but overall rather easy.

rocky
3 months ago

Lots of people on this trail. Lots of stairs, you'll need someone to motivate you

3 months ago

Its hard but doable for shapes and sizes.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail. Be prepared for rapid elevation change and a lot of steps!

4 months ago

The easiest way on top, too many people but very nice

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

5 months ago

Spectacular views all the way up. Start at dawn in summer. Take time at the top to look back down from the west rim and explore the front rim on your way to the cable car. Take the cable car down!

hiking
5 months ago

Loved it! A very popular trial, well defined and maintained. Pretty much vertical for the whole way and plenty of places to stop and take in the wonderful scenery.

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing trail, amazing views from the top. Pretty much straight up from the beginning with very few easy stretches. If you like a real challenge, you’ll love this trail.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike! Definitely challenging, steep, switchbacks. Coming back down will keep those legs loose! It’s amazing at the top definitely worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely a tough hike while going up, pro tip - don’t go on an all day wine trip the day before! But definitely easier going back down

hiking
10 months ago

This was my favourite hike in Cape, since it offers a real challenge with many incredible views of the city. I would highly recommend wearing proper footwear, since the higher you ascend, the more rugged the hiking becomes. Bring lots of water and sun protection, since most of this trail is always within view of the sun. If you're a beginner or have rarely hiked, I would highly suggest taking the Cable car down (if it's working), since descending the trail is what makes this hike much more difficult than the pure elevation.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful Ascent up table Mountain, one of the best of all the crisscrossing trails to the top.

trail running
11 months ago

Did the India Venster trail with rock climbing,...would highly recommend! Not too difficult and very few other climbers. Great hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 15, 2018

amazing hike up the back of Table Mountain, be careful, we saw a Cape cobra there

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Steep and rocky but views are amazing! Wear good hiking shoes as rocks can be slippery if wet.

hiking
Friday, May 25, 2018

Took me and two friends just about two hours to reach the top! It was a lovely hike. A few wet areas with flowing water we had to cross but I think that is a result of the rain the last couple days rather than the norm.

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