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Dark Gorge

Location: Newlands Forest, starting from the contour path about 200m from where you can look up the stone scree below Newlands Ravine.

Overview: Dark Gorge is the ravine leading up to the Saddle between TM and Devil's Peak which has the prominent rock pillar known as the Pulpit at the top on the right (but not to be confused with the other Pulpit on Hiddingh Buttress)

Key Statistics
Grade:  3 *** Mild exposed scrambling at the top
Height gain:  610mfrom 90m at Newlands Forest Stn parking to 700m at Saddle
Time: 4 hrs up, 1-2 down depending on route

Route Description:
This is a composite slideshow of several trips up Dark Gorge, which is a lovely cool summer route. It is the ravine to the right (Devil's Peak side) of Newlands ravine. Starting off the Newlands to Rhodes Memorial contour path the first part is largely wooded rock screes. Some way up, the ravine splits, and you take the left hand fork as the right hand side is Dark Gully, an unpleasant rock climb. Near the top of Dark Gorge, one climbs a little forest of trees on a very steep slope next to the cliff face, and the final part where you exit from the trees, is an exposed earthy section which needs care.