George Peak Trail
Both trails are part of the same mountain massif, reachable for the most part by the same trail both starting at the Cape Nature Witfontein Forestry station in George. Cradock Peak is the highest peak in the Outeniqua Mountain range (1578m above sea level).
These hikes, though challenging and strenuous, but very beautiful with surrounding forests, streams, a pine plantation and rocky climbs. Amazing views from Cradock Peak are spectacular, with vistas all the way to Mossel bay, the Swartberg Mountains,
George and Knysna. It’s essential to pack warm clothes as the weather changes drastically in a matter of moments. Ensure that you bring plenty of water and some snacks. Doing both peaks will amount to 21 km’s there and back, possible for fit hikers to
accomplish in under 8 hours.
The route first follows forest roads through the pine plantations to the base of the Outeniqua Mountains. From there you’ll take a footpath down across a stream and then start climbing up the foothills, across the railway line and up. The stream you crossed is the
only one and in the first and third part of the route. On the ridge (the Saddle) you will encounter a T-junction, right for George Peak and left for Cradock Peak about two kilometers away. Close to the small weather station at the top an rocky scramble awaits
that’s sometimes slippery and not for the feint hearted.
Incredible views of the Garden Route landscape and Swarberge awaits on a clear day. Weather changes quickly in the mountains so plan your hike carefully, always take warm and wind resistant clothing along, even if the forecast is sunny.
Hiking sticks/trekking poles are often welcome companions on the steep decent down.
Permits: Self-issue permits are free and can be obtained from the foyer of the office by the start of the trails. Alternatively an permit will be issued by Cape Nature at the main gate during office hours. Please adhere to the rules of the reserve at all times
and respect others and nature.
Distance: George Peak 17.5 km
Permit: Fill in logbook and obtain map/permit at Witfontein Forestry Station