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2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 636' 194 m
Descent: -214' -65 m
High: 5,858' 1,786 m
Low: 5,231' 1,595 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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A demanding trail rewarding views.

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The nature reserve opens daily at 7 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.

Description

The Beacon Trail starts after a short trip off the Bloubos Trail near the northern trailhead. With a northwest heading you'll make a difficult ascent into the mountainous area through a dried-up river bed. After a little over a half mile, you'll reach a split on the trail; both directions are the Beacon Trail as is the loop section of the trail. The entire path is dirt with scattered rocks as the trail progresses. You'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the reserve and surrounding suburbia.

Flora & Fauna

The reserve is home to approximately 215 bird species, which include Barbets, Swifts, Swallows, Crows and Doves, and 9 large mammal species which include Zebras, Black Wildebeest, Blesbok, Springbok and Red Hartebeest. There is also an assortment of insect life, which includes various butterflies, geckos and lizards. Smaller mammals in the reserve include Klip Dassies.

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Land Manager: Johannesburg City Parks

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