ElevationAscent: 330' 101 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 2,802' 854 m
Low: 2,474' 754 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A beautiful gorge on Table Mountain”— Warren Douglas
From the Waterworks Museum cross the cement road towards the dam wall and look for the path that leads past the dam. It's a clear path, but the first few metres are a bit overgrown and sometimes easy to miss. Once you are on the path it leads you past the Hely-Hutchinson reservoir on your right and follows a small stream for about 650 ft/200 m. It crosses this stream and begins an easy scramble up the side of the stream which now falls through a narrow but impressive gorge. The path then levels out and follows the stream as it tumbles through a number of small waterfalls and clear pools.
After about 2,600 ft/800 m, the path begins to lead away from the stream and crosses what is clearly a man-made channel, the aqueduct. The aqueduct was built in the 1890’s to channel water from St Michael Peak into the reservoirs. About half way along the wall a beautiful little waterfall falls into the channel.
Continue along the wall until the path meets Smuts Track between Skeleton Gorge and Echo Valley.
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Land Manager: South African National Parks - Table Mountain