7.9 miles
1,552 ft
-1,556 ft
1,916 ft
High Point

Adventure Cycling route which includes the Old Bethlehem Sky Traverse.
Long Climb up from Old Bethlehem Gate to the Sky Traverse
Sky Treverse all the way to Duiwelskloof . This includesthree river crossings, some hike-a-bike sections three rock gardens, Indigenous forests.
A steep downhill section to the Old Rocky singletrack which will bring you smoothly back to the Old Bethlehem Gate.

Detailed Description
Bethlehem Sky Traverse Scenic Route is a 8 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Stellenbosch. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 1,552 ft with a max elevation of 1,916 ft then descends -1,556 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
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  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
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More Stats for Bethlehem Sky Traverse Scenic Route mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 16 min
  • Altitude min
    924 ft
  • Altitude start
    929 ft
  • Altitude end
    925 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,854 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Bethlehem Ascent to Nick Nacks
Aug 20, 2023 @ 2:07am
Aug 20, 2023
Bethlehem Gate
Apr 2, 2023 @ 12:26am
Apr 2, 2023
Banhoek at its best! Wow it was awesome! Get your pass and come play!
Bethlehem Sky Traverse
Mar 19, 2023 @ 7:53am
Mar 19, 2023
Apart from the river crossings and a few rock garden sections that few (if any) mortal humans on earth bikes will be able to ride, the route is totally rideable and the views are spectacular. If you're OK with hiking and carrying your bike for short sections, I highly recommend this trail.
Old Rocky
Jul 18, 2021 @ 6:01am
Jul 18, 2021
Dig Bos
Jul 18, 2021 @ 6:01am
Jul 18, 2021
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  • By Banhoek-Conservancy BANHOEK Winelands & contributors
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