The Twelve Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the famous and iconic table top summit of Table Mountain, and considered part of it, offers more nature and solitude than other parts of the Table Mountain massif. Porcupine Ravine leads up to the first and highest Apostle, offering superb sea and mountain views complemented by dramatic landscapes off-the-beaten track.
Table Mountain hiking routes vary greatly in difficulty, views, adventure, terrain and even mood. With so many Table Mountain hikes to choose from, why Porcupine Ravine? For starters, you’re unlikely to meet other hikers along the way, so perfect for those looking to escape civilization for a few hours and connect with nature. Pristine nature, impressive rock-formations, undisturbed silence and grand views all add to the sense of wilderness found on the route.
The trail is rugged, involving bush, loose rock and scrambling at times, though minimal exposure to heights. Near the summit of the Apostles, a backwater variation takes you past an area punctuated with striking sandstone formations and imbued by solitude and silence – a place of pure nature. The route tops out on Blinkwater Peak, highest of the Apostles and one of the best viewpoints on Table Mountain.
Hiking Table Mountain is about the journey, not the destination, and a route like Porcupine Ravine allows you to experience Table Mountain ‘unplugged’. While strenuous, the route does justice to Table Mountain, revealing the essence of the mountain through topography, atmosphere and views. From Blinkwater Peak, the route drops down into Echo Valley before climbing to the ‘Table’, covering charming surroundings and always offering sweeping views.
Table Mountain hiking is the best way to reconnect with nature and recharging your soul away from the madding crowd. Table Mountain hiking routes exist for all types of hikers; but if it’s nature you’re looking for, with some challenge thrown in, then Porcupine Ravine is sure to delight.