Took the easy way up with my wife and we hiked over to the beacon on a beautiful sunny day.
I was in town for a few days so I strolled up Platteklip Gorge then over to the Beacon. I got up the gorge, which is apparently 2300 feet, in one hour. So it's an excellent trail for gaining elevation quickly. The views were top notch, as were the flora and fauna.
my buddy para-glided off the top...
Hiked up Skeleton Gorge over to Maclear's Beacon, & down Platteklip Gorge. Skeleton was beautiful and diverse.
The rest of the Table atop the Apostles is amazing with glorious fynbos, grand views and few people.
The Ledges is probably my favourite route that leads to the summit
First trip in April 2008, up Platteklip Gorge just down the road from the cable car. Planned to ride the car down but wind closed it- hiked down. Bright and sunny when I started but wind and fog enveloped before I made it over to the true highpoint.
Second outing in October 2009 with Devil's Peak. Tried for an hour to get up from the saddle. Couldn't find a good route so followed the trail down and up Platteklip again.
Climbed it via the "India window". That's what it was called, don't know any other names. It was a more adventurous route for sure.
A window finally opened after 4 days of waiting in Cape Town. About 1.5 hours up to trail junction despite being way out of shape and breathing nasty fumes downtown for 10 days. Beautiful place with neat vegetation.
I'm actually from SA but moved to the states in 92, a beautiful day hike. Some of the best oceanic cliff views around. Truly Breathtaking!
Spectacular view on Capetown from the summit.
Finally officially summited at Maclear's Beacon on 28 August 2005, but I've hiked up various routes, including Nursery Buttress, Diagonal, Corridor Ravine, Kasteelsport, and India-Venster. Even climbed on Cobblestone Gendarme and Arrow Final. Beautiful mountain!
Easy hike with spectacular views.....only a pitty that the table cloth covered the summit....
Easy climb on a beautiful day. The most beautiful place on earth? Earlier in the week, it was too rainy/cloudy to go to the summit, so I did a longer hike starting at the Platteklip Gorge trailhead around the side of the mountatin to Constantia Nek and then to my friends house in Hout Bay.
Like climbing a couple of thousand stairs to an awesome top.
So many ways to climb this mountain and each of them have their own special delights. Good for any weather by day or night. My favourite South African mountain.
Summited to kick off a classic 30+ km traverse of the higher peaks on the Cape Peninsula from the University of Cape Town to Kalk Bay. A yearly event with the UCT MSC and a very rewarding hike with truly unique views, including two oceans.
Beautiful and easy hiking trail from the cable car station. Outstanding flora and fauna. Marvellous views in any directions! Windy on top!
... busy couple of weeks on the ledge.