Hike to the top of Chapman's Peak

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  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1252 Feet

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Hike up and watch the sunset from Chapman's Peak, a stalwart promontory on the backside of Table Mountain that looks out upon the ocean, Noordhoek Beach, Hout Bay, and the Southern Cape Peninsula (including the communities of Noordhoek, Ocean View, Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek, and Kommetjie).

Starting from the trailhead on Chapman's Peak Drive (one of the most scenic drives in the world), simply follow the trail up as it gradually climbs up east toward a 4-junction. Take that first right at the junction and follow it as it heads south and then turns southwest. Stay on the trail as it climbs up to the summit of Chapman's Peak. There is a small scramble at the last 100 feet, but nothing too difficult. Stop by The Toad restaurant at the Noordhoek Farm Village for the best ribs and calamari ever.

**NOTES:

  • If you plan on watching the sunset, be sure to bring a flashlight/headlamp for the trek back.
  • The road to the trailhead is a toll road when coming from Hout Bay, so bring at least 80 rand (R15-R40 each way)
  • If you do this hike on a weekend, you can stop by the Hout Bay Market (Fri: 5pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 9:30am-4pm) afterwards and grab some amazing, freshly made organic food!

Pack List

  • Map and compass
  • Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, hat)
  • Light windbreaker or jacket
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • First-aid kit
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Snack
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Leave an itinerary with your hostel or friends in the city
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W-EMT at Whiskeytown, soccer coach, and adventurer - making the most of every opportunity that comes my way. Check out my blog at: theruggedtrail.com and keep on adventuring! If you need a guide or an adventuring partner, shoot me an email at: johnachau@gmail.com!

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