OverviewMowbray Ridge is an exciting approach to Devil's Peak from the east. The route is steep hiking most of the way with great views. At 800 meters you will cross the "knife edge", a short and narrow traverse that ends at Minor Peak (856m). After Minor Peak the route winds gently around the back side of Devil's Peak for an easy finish.
Getting ThereThe trail most commonly starts at Rhodes Memorial near the University of Cape Town (UCT). The trail can also be accessed from the "Contour Path" just below the King's Blockhouse.
Route DescriptionWhether you start form Rhodes Memorial or you are already on the Contour Path make your way to King's
From King's Blockhouse look up and you'll see a small stone building atop the ridge in front of you. This is the Mowbray Ridge and building is an old fire lookout. The trail is slightly hidden behind the Blockhouse, just go straight at the ridge and around a small round cement structure. The trail to the fire lookout is fairly steep. There are two places that may require the use of your hands to climb up. The steepest section is only about 5-6 meters tall.
After you have reached the fire lookout. Continue straight up the ridge on a slope which is far less steep.
From the top of Minor Peak descend west toward table mountain and just west of the small saddle between Minor Peak and Devil's Peak. After descending 100 meters, follow the path that contours around the cliffs of Devil's Peak straight towards a small cliff in front of Table Mountain. Then hike up the shallow gully south bound between these two cliffs to reach the west face of Devil's Peak. Once on the west face it is an easy hike up the gentle slope to the summit.
There are several ways to descend. You may chose to return the same way, down Newlands Ravine, or continue west to Tafelberg Road. There is parking available on Tafelberg Road and there are always taxis at the Lower Cable Station on Tafelberg Road if you chose this finish.