Cogman’s Kloof

The Cogman’s Kloof hike in Montagu starts from the same point as the Bloupunt Hike. It is shorter, and does not climb as high. I completed this hike on a swelteringly hot day, and ran low on water. You can overnight at Klipspringer hut, and combine this with Bloupunt as a two-day hike.

Getting there: Park your car at Die Meul
Distance: 12km
Difficulty: well-marked trail; no exposure

Cogman's Kloof River
Cogman’s Kloof River

Mike Lundy describes this hike in his book “Weekend Trails in the Western Cape”. He combines it with the Bloupunt Trail to form a two-day option, overnighting at the Klipspringer Hut. The hike includes a fairly steep ascent, and an even steeper descent guaranteed to give your knees a working over.

Follow the track up the kloof. You will pass the Klipspinger Hut — shortly after this a sign-post will point you to a path on the left which climbs steeply out of the kloof

Cogmans Kloof sign
Cogman’s Kloof sign

The last section of the trail brings you down into the valley of the Cogman’s Kloof River, before heading around and up the hills along a panoramic contour path on the hills above Montagu, and then back down to the kloof you started in, and your starting point at De Ou Meul. You may well see some rock climbers climbing in the valley above you at different points; you will pass many of the popular climbing crags such as Steeples [S 33°47.870′, E 20°06.087′] and The Bold and the Beautiful. In any event, be sure to look up and around at the awe-inspiring rock folds and formations.

The annual Montagu Mountain Mania uses this trail as a trail run. Please note that there is no drinking water on this route, not even once you reach the river.

Weekend Trails in the Western Cape by Mike Lundy

David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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