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Cecilia Ridge

Location: Cecilia Forest off Rhodes Drive. 

Overview: A pleasant easy scramble up from Cecilia Forest, with many alternatives possible for the approach and descent routes.  Can also be used as a descent route and incorporated into a variety of circular routes. Great views all the way over the Southern Suburbs all the way to Muizenberg and False Bay.

Key Statistics
Grade:  2 ** Easy scrambling, no exposure
Height gain:  500m: from 160m to 660m
Time:  2 hrs up, 1 down depending on route

Route Description:
Cecilia Ridge provides an easy scramble up to the Back Table of TM from either Cecilia Forest or Kirstenbosch. From the Cecilia Forest parking on Rhodes Avenue come up Spilhaus Ravine, crossing several jeep tracks until the highest contour path is reached below Spilhaus Buttress. Go north along the contour path towards Kirstenbosch, dipping down through Cecilia ravine and then up onto Cecilia Buttress.  The path up the buttress takes off shortly after the path has leveled out after climbing up from Cecilia Ravine.

From Kirstenbosch, take any of several routes up the contour path (well marked) and go south towards Constantia Nek. At a junction of several paths and the Kirstenbosh boundary, turn right up a steep set of steps.  Cross Rooikat Ravine  and about 200m further on the Ridge path turns off right.

The path up is easy to follow and needs no description.  There are several return options. The quickest is down the jeep track and Spilhaus Ravine, or down the jeep track to Constantia Nek.  A popular 'circuit' is up Cecilia and down Nursery Ravine back into Kirstenbosch. Or one can do this in reverse and come up Nursery and down Cecilia Ridge.  Cecilia Ridge also provides an alternative way down after coming up Constanta Corner

Finding the top of the way down Cecilia Ridge, and the turn off to Nursery Ravine, is a bit tricky.  They are all within a 100m or so of each other but not entirely obvious.  The Google Map below shows this 'junction' in more detail.  (May need panning and/or zooming in to see all the paths. Click on any placemark for a description.)

Resources: A map showing the main paths, a set of GPS tracks and Google Earth tracks that can be displayed in Google Earth. 

The only noteworthy rock step on Cecilia Ridge