Ladys Slipper Trail
This strikingly beautiful mountain reserve is the property of the Mountain Club of South Africa and, although clear and fairly well maintained, the path to about a third of the way up, you come to an open rock platform from where there are great views, so it’s a good spot for a breather. The gradient eases for a short while and then the climb begins in earnest as you make your way up a rough section, aided by wooden log steps, to the rock cliffs and round the eastern flank to a shoulder. A path on the left will see you on the summit in 10-15 minutes. If you thought the views on the way up were spectacular, wait until you see these. The cellphone towers of the next range dominate the skyline to the north, while to the south you can see all the way to the Van Staden’s River mouth and the sea.
Return the same way, taking it easy on the way down – it’s very easy to slip or trip.The trail will take an hour and a half to two hours up and down. Use of the trail is R30 per person and you are required to sign an indemnity before proceeding, which is available at the Adventure Centre’s office. Note that there are no card facilities so you will need to bring some cash along. The peak is a rough, mountain track rather than a manicured trail. It is steep and loose in places, so should be undertaken only by fit and sure-footed hikers.
The mountain is said to resemble an up-turned high-heeled shoe.
View from Lady Slipper
Half way there…
Time for a memory