Whilst routes (such is the case here) are often closed for good reason. One is still allowed to go up the route, but you then do this at your own risk.
This was our first attempt at an afternoon hike, and none of us was particularly thrilled about it at first, because it was a darned hot afternoon, and humid, and it was Not Elegant At All. Complaining (mostly done by Alison) only lasted until we started up Blinkwater Ravine, and then we were all overtaken by the beauty and excitement of this ‘closed’ route.
Unfortunately I don’t have any hike details for this one, because Map My Run got super confused by a tiny little overhang that we sat under for 10 minutes, and decided not to Map This Hike at all. (I’ll try to spare you the rant about why on earth, when Map My Run loses the GPS signal, it behaves like a toddler in a grocery store and either zigzags 10km out to sea 10 times looking for you (and includes that on your hike) or just decides to give up and have a tantrum on the floor, instead of doing the sensible grown-up thing and waiting quietly in one place for you to reappear.)
Anyway, I’m fairly sure we started at the Theresa Avenue parking lot at around 5pm and got back a little after 9pm. That’s all I can give you.
Blinkwater Ravine Hike Highlights:
- Hiking a route that some of us have walked past for 15 years without ever going up because of a silly ‘closed’ sign
- The amazing old trees and dramatic rocky overhangs
- Losing the path and finding it again and having to climb up loads of loose rocks without breaking any ankles
- Making it to the top of the mountain just in time for a spectacular sunset
- Walking down Kasteelspoort in the dark and enjoying the sight of Lion’s Head looking like a volcano with the city lights like lava around it
After-hike eating: Alison’s house for piles of home-made pizza with lots and lots of wine.
Alison Westwood is a travel writer and hikist. You can read more of her writing at alisonwestwood.com
Blinkwater Ravine Sunset Hike Photos