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Table Mountain from Hout Bay to Cape Town Cable Car

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Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain from Hout Bay to Cape Town Cable Car is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 7.4 miles Elevation Gain: 4,412 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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This is a beautiful, strenuous, inspiring one-way 14km / 9mile hike from the south end of the Table Mountain formation at Hout Bay, to the north end at the cable car which descends into Cape Town. The south half of this trail is only lightly trafficked, and offers solitude in a wilderness setting. The north half has heavier usage, but is equally beautiful. The trail crosses undulating terrain across the top of the 12 Apostles, through fynbos & chest-high grasses, and crazy rock formations. This includes a side-jaunt to the hidden and very cool, Tranquility Cracks. The climb up from the Suikerbossie trail head in Hout Bay has significant height exposure in several spots, with a few assisted with permanent anchors (staples, short section of rope). A hiker with a fear of heights will probably have anxious moments. Once on top, an easy summit of Judas Peak provides stunning views to the south all the way down the Cape Peninsula. From there the rail winds north providing one amazing view after another. There are limited small streams of water in the north half of this hike, which can be filtered for good drinking water. Otherwise, carry lots of water for this strenuous hike. A hiker could exit the hike at the mid-way point down the intermediate Kasteelspoort Ravine into Camps Bay. We concluded the hike at the north end with a ride down the cable car / tram. If one intends to hike down, the steep thousand-steps Platteklip Gorge is 1km east of the cable car top.