On this past Sunday foggy Blouberg morning Adrian woke up and asked me if I wanted to go to the mountains… of course I said yes. We were meeting a few friends at the Jonkershoek parking lot (map below) where we could sign in, we then drove another bumpy but pleasant few km to a parking spot at the foot of the hiking trail (you can walk it if you don’t mind exerting the extra energy). We started our hike at 11am after a bit of a late start, we also got a teeny bit lost and I could not find a single garage or farm stall that sold bananas (fave hike food) so that delayed things a bit, I always recommend starting earlier though – 9:30am would have been perfect.
This was a magical hike for me. The mountainside is filled with new proteas after the fire last season. The dramatic peaks are just memorizing. We loved every moment of the hike.
If you don’t know anyone who is into Hiking, don’t go alone, join CAPE TOWN HIKING and keep an eye out for various meetups.
How long is it? It can be 3km (per way) or just over 6km each way depending on when you turn around, our hike took us around 3 hours (return) but we stopped to admire rock pools, snack, sip water and look at the view quite a few times
Is it challenging? I think this hike is great for families and new hikers too, there were some stepped climbs but nothing too hectic. Take plenty of water and snacks
Do I pay at the sign in office? Yes, at the moment it is R40pp and R20 per child – mountain bikers pay R50pp for their permit and their routes are different from hikers/walkers
Are there loos? The office has a coffee shop and loos, you can buy cool drinks, coffee, apples or sit down for a light meal and they are open until 4pm
Can I trail run it? Experienced guys and gals definitely could, there are quite a few narrow footed areas though, roots and rocks so you would need to be quite sure of yourself. Also we would recommend you go early if you are a runner, the paths are busy and if you prefer not stopping for human trains you may then prefer quieter times!
What is there to do afterward? You could always have a light meal at the coffee shop, I did not check to see if they had beers on sale though. We decided to head to Hudsons for a burger and craft beer in Dorp Street instead. I am a huge fan of their guido style “The Stack” veg burger, truffle fries and Devil’s Peak Lager. There are also loads of wine farms, but I felt a bit too sweaty for that.
MY TIP: Wear your cozzy under your clothes for quick swims (I wore spandex and swam in my gear), bring a small hand towel and maybe a packet for wet items. Snack on nuts and fruit and bring water and sunblock. Always wear an infinity scarf or buff and have a sweater in your light backpack.