5 miles
972 ft
-974 ft
1,331 ft
High Point


  • Riding Area
    Cape Town
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #77133 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This is a medium length but challenging ride with some very amazing views from Robben Island to Hangklip that make the climbs worthwhile. The single track is flowing and fast in sections which makes for a very enjoyable roller-coaster ride!

The whole trail comprises of two concentric rings, the lower green route (7km and 250m climbing) and higher red (7km and 250m climbing). Do both and you are in for a really fun 14km ride. The trails are well marked and the signs are easy to see and follow. The trail is testing rather than technical and includes some atmospheric climbs up and thrilling descents (one is called ‘Elastoplast Valley’!) down through the shady and cool trees in the kloof. If you’re feeling confident, try the see-saw fence crossing! The red route, which tests one’s climbing abilities up to 400m, before descending the ‘Porcupine’s Plunge’ series of 8 switchbacks down the face of the mountain. If you don’t do the descent, you can continue 300m up and over into the top of the Contermanskloof Trail.

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Access Info

Permits to ride here can be bought from Bloemendal Wine farm for R50.00 which allows you access into Nitida. Hillcrest and Bloemendal. Please do not go into Contermanskloof or any of the members only corridors without a valid Tygerberg Membership board.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Hillcrest - Red loop bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    672 ft
  • Altitude start
    826 ft
  • Altitude end
    825 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,221 ft
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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      6 Months
      • 10 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
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