Photo of the week – October week #3: Blind Gully

Table Mountain hikes

At the level of Blinkwater Needle

Leading up the north side of Porcupine Buttress (the first of the 12 Apostles), Blind Gully offers varied and exciting hiking off-the-beaten track. As far as Table Mountain hiking goes, the views both away from and onto the mountain ranks as some of the best. The upper section of the route overlooks a dramatic part of the mountain. A feature of the route is Blinkwater Needle, a conspicuous pinnacle whose summit can be gained via a tricky B-grade scramble; the views from the summit combined with the sensational setting is unforgettable and ranks as one of my top 3 favorite locations on Table Mountain. The route tops out near Blinkwater Peak, a stunning location to end your Table Mountain hike.

Blind Gully involves bits of B-grade scrambling and some exposure to heights. Route-finding is not obvious, so best to go with someone who knows the route or with a Table Mountain guide. Table Mountain hikes differ greatly in mood, views and character, and Blind Gully is no exception.

Hiking Table Mountain via Blind Gully showcases the wild side of Table Mountain at a reasonable level of difficulty. You get to see the mountain from unique perspectives and experience its essence, all while meeting the challenge of rugged terrain.