Cape Town Part 3: Lion’s Head Hike

We hiked to Lion’s Head on Tuesday, after our promenade walk . I’ll admit to being oblivious to this peak/hike previous to our journey (an Italian fellow on the plane from Johannesburg to Cape Town was the one who informed us [maybe just me?] of it), but had put in my request to hike the more famous Table Mountain early in the planning process. While we did make it to Table Mountain on our final evening in town, we did so by way of the cable car and I think this ended up being a better arrangement for our purposes. With a couple extra days I would have gladly devoted a full day to the lengthier, more strenuous trek up Table Mountain and a sidetrip to the nearby Kirstenbosch Gardens, but we had a pretty action-packed schedule as it was and the more condensed Lion’s Head hike suited us perfectly.

This hike we were able to tack on to the tail end of our day, when Pat and a few of his friends got off work. We wouldn’t have really wanted to go any earlier, actually, as everyone was feeling pretty hot even at dusk (and we brought… AN bottle of water. One of the small ones. Hahaha.); and we summited just in time to catch another phenomenal sunset. Round trip I’d say it took us around two hours, and there were a couple moderately taxing parts. I believe the path splits at one point between a slightly longer but more leisurely route and one that involves some chains and ladders. Amazingly, we saw a number of dogs on the trail– some all the way at the top! Of course, it is possible for dogs to climb ladders… (wait for the dismount on that, it’s worth it).

The afore-mentioned Italian had mentioned that the rock formation that is Lion’s Head “really does look like a lion’s head!”. I never really thought so, but it was a very beautiful and scenic hike anyway.

view of table mountain from the start of our hike

view of table mountain from the start of our hike

the shadow of lion's head

the shadow of lion’s head

precarious parking

precarious parking

lion's head panorama looking up lion's head table mountain from lion's head table mountain 2

twelve apostles

twelve apostles

going up lion's head lion's head flowers dead tree twelve apostles 2 lion's head tree lion's head path lion's head rocks lion's head view

we took the risky route

we took the risky route

going up

i'll admit to choosing this largely because it's the only real evidence of my dreadful sunburn haha. PLUS there's such a handsome guy next to me...

i’ll admit to choosing this largely because it’s the only real evidence of my dreadful sunburn haha. PLUS there’s that handsome guy next to me…

we made it!

we made it!

me mar pat lion's head

shadows lengthening

shadows lengthening

lion's head sunset on top of lion's head

photo cred to marlon

photo cred to marlon

And Marlon also had some more pics from the sunset at Clifton 2nd in my first post so… here they are. Delayed gratification.

me mar sunset

on our warming rock.

on our warming rock.

me mar rock(Of course, on this snowiest of snow days it’s hard to believe this was just two weeks ago!!)

snow day 1 snow day 2

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