Getting to the top of Table Mountain was tricky, but it need not have been.
Wait! First things first:
Right, so the Molehill turned Mountain.
Well, first there was a kerfluffle over whether I was to hike up the mountain alone. I faced strong opposition wielding such arguments as “what if you get lost or injured?” and “occasionally people get mugged on those trails”. I acquiesced but speaking from on-site observation a person sure can go alone. Just loiter by the trailhead until some unsuspecting group (preferably not a paid tour, that might get awkward) strikes out and just stay within hollering distance of them.
The next major concern was which trail to take. There are many. This may seem like a moot point given that I had decided not to hike it, (well not alone and I refused to pay a guide 95CAD to take a walk with me), however, I hadn’t yet decided and was collecting all the information I MIGHT need. SO > use Platteklip Gorge Trail. This is the most popular and looks totally doable.
Finally, there was intense discussion about whether or not a person could walk to the lower cable car. Google maps assured me it was 2.7km and yet I got exclamations all across the room that No a person could not possibly walk there, you’re practically climbing a mountain! It would take me AT LEAST two hours! (Contrary to Google’s estimate of 50mins). This was all hogwash. You’re walking mostly on sidewalks and the last bit is a gravel trail. There were some steep sections but there if you don’t want to spring for an Uber, go ahead and google how to walk there. It’s fine. And only took me 35mins.
Right, so Table Mountain:
After all that I walked home, made a delicious supper wrap and went to the Labia to see First Man. It was quite good – would recommend.