If you require a quick trail fix of under 1h and are CBD bound then this little gem is a good way to start (or end the day). A warm up walk up to the Contour Path, Flat runnable trail below the sedimentary sandstone cliffs of Table Mountain and undulating trails back home make for a great 6 km outing.
Start from the second bend on Tafelberg Road when driving from Kloof Nek. There is usually enough parking here. Steep stairs lead off the tar and onto switchbacks onto the bottom of the ridge of Kloof Corner Ridge. This ridge has been getting some press recently on certain trail hero’s media pages but more of that some other time. The trail steepens for the last few meters up the white beacon and a stunning view from the corner of the Contour Path.
Turn left and find your stride along the mostly flat but somewhat technical trail. The terrain underfoot can be rough so watch your step. Also there are a couple of sections which are exposed. This really is no issue if you slow down and take care in these sections. You can carry on as long as you want at this altitude and eventually you will end up at Constantia Nek but that is a little too far for us today. After the waterfall take the first turn left (this is a few hundred meters before you enter Platteklip Gorge). The descent is pleasant and spits you out on Tafelberg Road, Turn left briefly and turn off the road at the first parking lot. Super steep descent on a gravel road. Where it levels out turn left and follow the undulations back to the start.
The views are great on this one – a must for any tourist visiting the city!