This is a steep, moderately exposed route requiring a fair amount of easy scrambling. Best suited to experienced mountain walkers with fair fitness and a head for heights.
Simonsberg (1399 m) is the large free-standing mountain to the north-east of Stellenbosch. The route climbs up through the Tokara vineyards and then winds its way steeply up the craggy south-west face of the mountain. The bright colours and sweet smells of the Fynbos flowers offer a welcome distraction from the exertion of the hike.
The summit offers fantastic views over the Stellenbosch Winelands to False Bay, Table Mountain, and the West Coast. Stunning views of Paarl’s granite formations are visible to the North while Franschhoek and the seeming endless range of Cape Fold Mountains stretch away to the West.
Taking an extended break to explore the summit is recommended before descending via the same route. An early start will ensure plenty of time left in the day for you to sample the world class food and wine at any of the numerous beautiful farms within a stone’s throw of the mountain!
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**Note: most of this route is not really runnable. “Trail runner” style means fast walking, fast scrambling and perhaps a little running on the way down.