Red Hill MTB Route
CLOSEST TOWN > Simon’s Town
TRAIL DESTINATION > Table Mountain National Park
DISTANCE > 18km
GRADING > Moderate (extreme sand in summer)
Red Hill will never rate up there with the likes of Tokai, but as it is within easy reach of Cape Town, it makes
On your bike
Start off on a quiet tarred road, descending along a gentle slope past an old farm house and then turn left at the 2.5km mark towards Lewis Gay Dam (no idea who he was). Pass through a metal boom and a National Parks sign below the dam wall, climbing along a steep and sandy jeep track. At 3.3km, turn right and crank along a gnarly downhill section, across a stream and then on to the Elsies River. Cross the recently built wooden bridge and, sticking to the main gravel road, climb back out of the valley.
Off the bike
The fynbos biome rates as the world’s richest floral kingdom with protea trees, erica shrubs and restios grasses, and it is a justifiably renowned World Heritage site. The Peninsula wine routes are superb, and Cape Point Vineyards is a must for anyone in search of an excellent coastal sauvignon blanc. Surfing at Noordhoek Beach, camel riding at Imhoff and sea kayaking at Boulders are a few other outdoor options. The fynbos biome rates as the world’s richest floral kingdom with protea trees, erica shrubs and restios grasses, and it has just been declared a World Heritage site, so get out there and enjoy.
Tel: +27 (0)21 701 8692
GPS: 34º10’58.64”S 18º24’52.96”E
Moderate (extreme sand in summer)
18km return option
4km Tar, 6km Gravel Road, 2km Jeep Track
3418AB & AD Kaapse Skiereiland 1:50 000 (1992)
A Wild Card from SANParks
Parking on grass next to Pinehaven Village
Baboons and snakes; thick sand. Don’t ride this in summer – serious masochists only
HOW TO GET THERE
Follow the M3 towards Simon’s Town and turn right onto Red Hill 1km before reaching the village. After 4km, turn right at the top of the hill, at the sign to Brooklands Water Treatment Plant. Pinehaven is immediately on your right.
Winter is fun, when the sand is compacted.