LION'S HEAD

Cape Town's most iconic hike. This quick route offers constant stunning views of the city and surrounds. There is a lot of foot-traffic on Lion's Head, although it is ideal for a sunrise or sunset hike.

LIONS HEAD IS OPEN. PLEASE USE THE MAIN ROUTE FROM SIGNAL HILL ROAD. THE NORTHERN TRAIL FROM THE KRAMAT IS CLOSED INDEFINITELY.

DIFFICULTY

MODERATE

TIME

2h15

DISTANCE (km)

2.11

ROUTE TYPE

LOOP

ELEVATION (m)

312

Dog friendly

Yes

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All the way up, the path is very distinct. The first few 100m you walk along a wide jeep track before it merges into a well-troden path. The gradient is consistent but pleasant until you reach a series of scrambles which are supplemented with chains and handles. Alternatively, you can avoid the chains and take the slightly longer loop around the back. The last stretch on bare rock and quite steep.

TRAIL TRIVIA

Lion's Head is South Africa's most climbed mountain peak.

IMAGES

WEATHER

OTHER HIKES

 HIKE ONE 

HIKE TWO

HIKE THREE

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