Shorter hikes on Table Mountain

hiking winelands

Only have a few hours, or don't feel like the slog to the top but prefer a more relaxing excursion? There are many shorter back-trails on the mountain worth exploring.  

Cecilia Ravine Hike Table Mountain

The first that leaps to mind is Cecilia Ravine. It takes you along the contour path where you get some wide views of the city's leafy suburbs all the way out across the Cape Flats. Then up some stairs and though rich fynbos to the breathtaking wall of moss that is Ceclia Waterfall. A circular route gets you back to the start. 

cecilia waterfall drips through a mossy rock wall.

Going slightly higher

For a 2 to 3 hour walk to higher reaches, there is the Constantia Corridor route via Camel Rock (pictured below.)

Photographer shoots Camel Rock, Table Mountain

A walk with the devil

Closer to the city center is a hike up to the contour paths around Devil's Peak. 

View from Devil's Peak, with flowers and Lion's Head

There are three levels of contour path, so you can choose how high you'd like to climb as you go.  

Taking a photo of Sea of Cloud around Table Mountain

If the cloud is low, hike through the cloud. Once above it you'd be hard pressed to imagine a major city lies beneath you.

This is only a small sample of what is available if you are looking for shorter walks on Table Mountain. There are dozens of other options all around the mountain. If you are pressed for time there is bound to be a trail-head to one of these hikes close to where you are staying.