Table Mountain plateau trail run

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Table Mountain plateau trail run

Encompasses incredible scenic route, the area forms part of the Cape Floristic region and thus supports a high diversity of flora a lot of it rare and endemic.

We get into the first Table Mountain cable car up to the plateau, start of our run. Table Mountain plateau trail run is not overly challenging but for some the rocky downhill to Echo valley and Platteklip gorge will keep you on your toes! The first part of our Table Mountain plateau run is nice and easy before getting down to the slippery rocky path. Don’t burn all your matches too early as the trail gradually rises toward the plateau summit Maclear’s Beacon. From here it is all flat until the start of Platteklip gorge. Once in the Gorge it is a rocky and challenging steep downhill keep your focus all the way. The trail is a combination of wooden walkways and single rocky path boasting exceptional views of Cape Town and the azure Atlantic Ocean.

Table Mountain plateau Trail Run Getting Geared

Sturdy trail running shoes and breathable socks, natural fibres such as mohair or wool. For the legs a lightweight and quick drying tights or shorts. For the upper body inner layer, lightweight, quick-drying, breathable long or short sleeved. Second layer with thermal long-sleeved base layer for cold or wet conditions. Outer layer, lightweight, windproof, water resistant, breathable, insulated jacket. For head wear, quick drying peak caps or buff. For eyewear, quality Polarized lenses, which can adjust as light conditions change. Hydration pack with a stable body fit and ventilated back.

Pacing for various distances

5 - 10km Judging pace for short races up to 10km is the trickiest. You are running at a high intensity, leaving little margin for error. The most common mistake is to start too fast and then running out of gas! This also happens if you have not done a proper warm-up before the race. If you discover that you seem to find your second wind after the first kilometres, it is a sign that you haven't done a proper warm-up. Golden rule, the shorter the race the longer the warm-up. 10-21km Races over these distances have fast starts, especially since on trails it is important to try and get a good position before hitting the single track. Knowing that the pace will slow down once everyone reaches narrow paths. Less competitive runners should start more on the safe mode as they can still work their way past slower runners. Often single track poses challenges for good pacing and you don't want to be stuck behind slower runners.

Yoga and Trail Run

Yoga and running lie on opposite ends of the exercise spectrum,but they actually combine strength and flexibility.

Strength and flexibility

If your body is off-balance it can often lead to repetitive strain injuries. Tight muscles tend to get tighter and compensating weak muscles weaker. Yoga can work specifically at balancing strength in the muscles that support and stabilize the skeleton system.

For some interesting info on Yoga and running click here


  • Stunning view of the peninsula
  • Breathtaking vista of the city
  • Table Mountain summit – Maclear’s beacon
  • Echo valley – down the rocky slope
  • Platteklip gorge
  • Smut’s track – all the way up to Maclear’s Beacon
trail run profile

Cape Town

Clear sky
  • Clear sky
  • Temperature: 9 °C
  • Wind: Variable, 5.6 km/h
  • Pressure: 1023 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 76 %
  • Visibility: 10 km
Reported on:
Thu, 06/30/2022 - 05:00
Tour Code: 
Running Trail Tour
Hiking Tour
Run Duration: 
15 km
Well-trodden trails on rocky path and wooden boardwalk with occasional steep section.
Run in the cool morning
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