Platteklip Gorge is probably the most well-known Table Mountain Hiking Trail. This is the quickest and shortest route to the Table Mountain Summit.
As a monotonous and fairly easy route, Platteklip Gorge has been the butt of mountaineering wit since the late 1800s, with the advent of rock-climbing on Table Mountain and the opening of harder, more challenging hiking routes.
In the old days, those who used Platteklip Gorge (or ‘Platties’, as local climbers and hikers often refer to it) as their preferred route to the summit were called ‘Platteklippers’ by fellow mountaineers.
In July 1797, Platteklip Gorge witnessed the first woman hiking up Table Mountain: Lady Ann Barnard. Accompanying her were Sir John Barrow, two Naval officers, and her maid as well as a couple of servants and slaves carrying meats and wine. The ascent took five hours and they stayed overnight on the summit, only descending the next morning.