We first hiked Lion’s Head together back in 2013. As usual, it was a beautiful summer’s day in Cape Town and we got to witness some incredible views of Table Mountain and the city below. This year we decided to do a sunset hike to change things up a bit. We also had the addition of Elijah James, and although he’s a pleasant baby to hike with, his 18+lbs sure do add quite a challenge to the climb! We did this sunset hike with a South African friend that we had met in South Korea in 2010. We started the hike sometime after 5pm and ended well after darkness had fallen. Justin carried Eli up the mountain, and then momma carried him down (which was no easy feat in the dark). We are really happy that we did this evening hike, and next time we are in Cape Town we will do this hike on a night when there is a full moon. Apparently Lion’s Head is packed with climbers on those nights.
The path leading to the top spirals around the mountain, so the view is ever-changing and absolutely breathtaking. If some of the pictures seem the similar as you scroll down, it is because we had looped the mountain and got back to the other side, but at a higher point. Take note of how the sky changes as we ascend. There is a portion of the hike that can be climbed via chains up steep rocks. We did that path in 2010, but this time we had to take a longer (although not completely easy) route to avoid the vertical climb along the chains. We love this hike… spectacular!
|The view of Table Mountain from Lion’s Head|
Lion’s Head, pictured on the right, is a mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Lion’s Head peaks at 669 meters (2,195 ft) above sea level. The peak forms part of the dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town and is part of the Table Mountain National Park. Lion’s Head is known for spectacular views over both the city and the Atlantic Seaboard.
Turn left for the recommended route, or right, for the route via “the chains”. We went left since we had the little man with us. Check out our post from 2010 to see the chain route: Lion’s Head Hike
Justin was really feeling the strain at this point. Elijah had fallen asleep and was peacefully napping while his father huffed and puffed all the way over the rocks leading up Lion’s Head.
Getting to the submit is a pretty awesome feeling. There are tons of others up there having picnics, enjoying sundowners (cocktails/ beers), taking pictures, and enjoying the view before turning around and heading back down. Lots of people were amazed to see Elijah up there – “Youngest climber!” they kept saying. Poor Justin was drenched in sweat and completely breathless, but little man got all the credit.
What a dad!
Check out the little sleeping bear on my back – Eli is such a champ. We love that we were able to take him with us on this hike! We’ll have to invest in a hiking backpack for him soon.