LEFT FACE B (MYSTERY B)

INFORMATION

Length: 5.62km
Elevation gain: 942m
Required time: 3-4 Hours
Route type: Point-to-point
Difficulty level: Intermediate to advanced
Price: R1,500

Left Face B, or Mystery B as it’s also known, is a beautiful line that meanders up Left Face which sits to the left of Platteklip Gorge if you’re facing the mountain. Part of the route involves a spectacular traverse near the top with some exposure in places. A head for heights is needed on this one.

left face b mystery b

THE ROUTE

It starts at the Platteklip Gorge Trailhead. About a quarter of the way you break right off a faint path and then begin the meandering ascent up Left Face B.

It’s easy to get lost on this route, and so taking a guide is highly advisable. The hike involves navigating some fairly steep, grassy slopes as well as a little rock scrambling in places.

The beauty of this route is that it’s very seldom frequented by others, allowing one to experience really getting out into nature whilst still being so close to the city.

hiking up mystery b

This route presents some lovely views of Table Bay as well as a view nice tea caves to take a break in. Mystery B finishes with a fun B grade scramble move to top out a few hundred metres to the left of Platteklip Gorge.

With our guided hikes, we typically walk across and catch the cable car back down. However, if the weather prevents the cable car from operating, then we’ll walk down Platteklip Gorge.

scrambling on table mountain
view from left face mystery b
resting on left face b

FAUNA AND FLORA

Beyond the endurance of the hike, Left Face B provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the unique flora and fauna of Table Mountain. Table Mountain forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six floral kingdoms around the world.

Hikers may encounter a variety of plant species, including proteas, ericas, capegorse and rock spponfig, showcasing the biodiversity of this UNESCO-protected site.

Birdwatchers will be able to see both Cape sugarbirds and orange-breasted sunbirds flitting amidst the fynbos. Moreover, as you ascend, you may even be lucky enough to spot a black eagle.

Because of the secluded nature of this route, we have been lucky enough to see Himalayan tahr on a few of our guided hikes. In the 1930’s these mountain goats escaped from the Groote Schuur Zoo which was then located on the slopes of Table Mountain.