WESTERN CAPE SCOUTING
|Hiking routes to the Scout Hut|
The Jeep Track (Bridle Path) from Constantia Nek: follow the track all the way to the Woodhead Reservoir and cross the dam wall towards Kasteelspoort. At the tap near the Woodhead overseer's house, carry on past a modern building (now derelict) to the Scout Hut under two or three large pine trees.
Skeleton or Nursery Ravine from Kirstenbosch: both ascents reach the Back Table at Hely Hutchison Reservoir. Take the concrete road past this dam to Woodhead, cross the dam wall and find the hut under the nearby pine trees.
Kasteelspoort from Camps Bay or Kloof Nek Corner: from Kloof Nek, follow the Pipe Track along the contour until the Kasteelspoort turnoff. At the top of Kasteelspoort follow the raised path taken by an old railway track and you will see the hut off to your left.
Woody Ravine or Corridor Ravine are similar to Kasteelspoort, but a bit further South.
These routes take between 2 and 4 hours. The routes below take longer:
Platteklip Gorge from Tafelberg Road: this route takes you right to the top of Table Mountain, which is quite a bit higher than the Scout Hut. Descend gradually via Echo Valley or take a longer route via Maclear's Beacon reaching the Back Table at Hely Hutchison Reservoir.
Llandudno Corner at the end of the Twelve Apostles is another possible ascent, quite a long distance to the south of the hut.
|Around the Scout Hut|
The area around the hut has a rich history, since five stone reservoirs were built in the area between 1887 and 1907. The hut itself was an overseers hut during the construction of the nearby Woodhead Reservoir and Hely Hutchison Reservoir.
About 500m from the hut, a Waterworks Museum tells about the dams. Nearby are the quarries used to build the dams, and an old railway track runs from there to the top of Kasteelspoort, where you can still see the remnants of the top of the old Camps Bay ropeway.
From the hut you can do a morning's hike to Maclears Beacon or the top cable station via the Valley of Isolation, or Southwards to Grootkop, the largest of the Twelve Apostles.
Weather on Table Mountain is difficult to predict and can become extreme at any time of year, so hikers should be well prepared, familiar with the route, and willing to change to Plan B, or to turn back ("Plan C") if conditions are too extreme for the party. Heavy wind, thick mist and rain are possible at all times of year.