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Devil's Peak Oppelskop Ridge 'B'

MM Oppelskop Ridge slideshow

Location: Oppelskop is the NW ridge on the front of Devil's peak i.e. the first ridge left of the Saddle when viewed from Cape Town.  

Overview: This pleasant scramble is accessed from either of the 2 contour paths traversing Devil's Peak from the Saddle Zig Zag path. The prominently visible Fire Watcher's old stone shelter is a major feature on the ridge. Although getting a bit overgrown in patches, this is still an enjoyable and interesting scramble, with great views.

Key Statistics
Grade: 3 ***
Height gain: 628m: TM road at 380m to summit at 1001m
Time: 3-4 hrs up, 2 hrs down depending on fitness of party and ability to scramble

Route Description:
There is a SAN parks sign on the Table Mountain road some way beyond Platteklip Gorge, at the start of the Saddle Zig Zag path opposite a parking area (under large Bluegums). Half way up the Zig Zag path there is a sign for the first contour (460 m level traverse), which should be taken. Where the contour rounds the first prominent ridge, take the scramble path up the ridge to the ruin of the Fire Watcher's shelter. Continue along the ridge crossing the higher contour and scrambling on the ridge or in gullies on the right. End at a junction with the path up Devil's Peak from the Saddle.