5 miles
Distance
972 ft
Climb
-974 ft
Descent
1,331 ft
High Point

Details

  • Riding area
    Bloemendal
    Cape Town
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking

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.

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More Stats for Hillcrest - Red loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    672 ft
  • Altitude start
    826 ft
  • Altitude end
    825 ft
  • Grade
    -0.005%
  • Grade max
    -29.791%
  • Grade min
    25.182%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,221 ft
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to hillcrest-red-loop trailhead (-33.831830, 18.590890)
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