Ou Wapad & Noordhoek Peak

Chris Knight | 2021-03-04 10:56:03
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Leaving from Noordhoek, you head up Ou Wapad - this was the main road over the mountain before Ou Kaapse Weg was built.  The path is rough and rocky in places with some steep loose ascents.  The end of Ou Wapad is at the Silvermine West entrance.  From here its up the tar road to the MTB parking area and into an anti-clockwise loop around Noordhoek Peak.  Expect some steep climbs (concrete switchbacks and some loose gravel) but mostly a consistent grade to the top.  There is a lookout point 150m from the summit which has magnificent views into Hout Bay.  After summiting its a fast and very loose descent back to the dam.  Beware of hikers along this piece as its very easy to hit very high speeds!  In summer a well deserved break and swim at the dam is highly recommended.  Follow the signage down the trail to the MTB only single track which leads back to the tar road.  From here its back the way you came, but with a lot more speed which turns the 'jeep track' into a technical downhill if you're brave enough to leave the brakes alone!

The peace, serenity and isolation on this part of the Table Mountain reserve are unmatched.  There is an abundance of wildlife (especially in the early morning) and the flora is constantly changing throughout the year.  It's not an 'easy' route but should certainly be manageable for someone with reasonable fitness and some off road handling skills.

  • Distance 21.09 km
  • Time 5 h 16 min
  • Speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 110 m
  • Peak 734 m
  • Climb 826 m
  • Descent 826 m

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