After the gentle start to the year last Saturday, this Saturday we ascend Table Mountain via Kasteelspoort, pass the Valley of the Red Gods, go through the Valley of Isolation and run along Echo Valley before returning via the Aqueduct path.
We park at Theresa Avenue in Camps Bay and go up the jeep track taking the shortcut to the base of Kasteelspoort. We climb up Kasteelspoort, turn left at the top following the path through the Valley of the Red Gods and the Valley of Isolation (with the requisite hills in between…) until we reach the junction in Echo Valley. Here we turn right and run along the valley. We cross over the first junction and run to the junction with Smuts Track. Here we turn right and run to the junction with the Aqueduct, turn right and follow the aqueduct path down to the dam. From here we make our way back to Kasteelspoort and back home.
This is not a long route but includes a fair amount of climbing and descending.
For those who want a shorter option, turn right at the first junction in Echo Valley which will take you down to the jeep track. Turn right to make your way back to Kasteelspoort.
For those who want a longer run, turn left at Smuts Track and make your way to Maclear's Beacon – out and back or return route to be decided by the group
Rendezvous and start time
Park at Theresa Avenue by 6h15am ready to start at 6:30am. Please arrive early – parking fills up fast.
Be careful how and where you park as traffic fines are a real possibility
Terrain & Distance
The route is mainly single track with some jeep track at the start and end. The first 2km are uphill. Thereafter undulating up hills and down valleys. Downhill from Smuts track junction to the aqueduct, down aqueduct valley and down Kasteelspoort.
The stated route is around 11km, the shorter route around 8km and the longer route around 13km if out and back (distances estimated!)
What to bring
Water, whistle, a space blanket and your ICE information. The weather can be different on the top of the mountain. Please come prepared for wind, mist or extreme heat!
Please check the weather before you set off from home and pack the appropriate waterproof/warm gear/lots of water.
Directions to Theresa Avenue
From Cape Town:
Pass the entrance to the cable car and continue down Camps Bay Drive. Take the third road to the left (Fiskaal Road and follow this winding road up the mountain – it becomes Francolin Road and then Theresa Avenue. Park on the sea-side of the road facing the correct way without blocking driveways or obstructing traffic. We will start at the entrance to the Jeep Trail which is the first road (cul de sac) to the left after the road becomes Theresa Avenue
From Camps Bay/Bakoven:
Get on to Camps Bay Drive from Victoria Road, go round the left-hand hair pin bend and Fiskaal is on the right near the bus stop.
Please note that TMT unfortunately does not allow dogs on its runs.
Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols even though now on level 1.
- No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
- All runners to carry a mask or buff
- Practice social distancing
- Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
- VOB reserves the right to stop TMT if the COVID infections increase again in the Western Cape
- If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay at home
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