Cradock Peak

Cradock Peak at 1578m above sea level, is the highest peak in the Outeniqua Mountain range. The hike is a strenuous out & back trail that starts and finishes at the Cape Nature Witfontein forestry station.

The route first follows forest roads through the pine plantations to the base of the Outeniqua Mountains. From here you take a footpath down across a stream and then you start climbing up the foothills, across the railway line and up. Be sure to take enough water, the stream you crossed is the only one and in the first, third of the route. On the ridge (the Saddle) you will encounter a T-junction, right for George Peak and left for Cradock Peak about two kilometers away. Close to the small weather station at the top an rocky scramble awaits that is sometimes slippery and not for the feint hearted.

Incredible views of the Garden Route landscape and Swarberge awaits on a clear day. Weather changes quickly in the mountains so plan your hike carefully, always take warm and wind resistant clothing along, even if the forecast is sunny. Hiking sticks/trekking poles are often welcome companions on the steep decent down.

Permits: Self-issue permits are free and can be obtained from the foyer of the office at the start of the trails. Alternatively, a permit will be issued by Cape Nature at the main gate during office hours. Please adhere to the rules of the reserve at all times and respect others and nature.

Start Coordinates: (DD) -33.935678 ; 22.426987  
Route Colour Gold
Start/FinishWitfontein Forest Station
Distance± 19.0 km
Elevation Gain± 1,578 m
Perceived ExertionVery Hard
Trail SystemOuteniqua
SurfaceHiking trail
Plantation road
Route MarkersSome
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Estimated Time

Trail Running± 3 h 30 m — 5 h
Hiking± 6 h — 9 h

Facilities at the Start

Parking Restroom Water

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