Conquering cloud-cloaked Table Mountain is a must for visitors to Cape Town, but more serious hikers take on the less famous but more formidable Lion’s Head. The peak, which towers over the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood, offers walkers a choice: a meandering hairpin trek that steadily grinds up the mountain or a sheer rock-face climb recently embedded with iron-step rungs and chains. The trek is lovely, but we recommend the ladder.
After setting off from the rump of Signal Hill, hikers make their way up the southwestern the face of Lion’s Head. The views, even lower on the hill, are immense. Paragliders leap from the Twelve Apostles mountain range and surfers pepper Camps Bay. As the path narrows to a one-berth track, hikers yield to the crowd of dog walkers and Cape Town CrossFit enthusiasts who won’t be attempting to scramble up the rock wall. read more