Scheduled maintenance of Lion’s Head’s has been underway since January 7 2019 when Table MountainNational Park (TMNP) closed the mountain’s popular spiral trail for rehabilitation after the busy festive season. However, the reopening of the trail has been heavily delayed by the fire that devastated Lion’s Head last week, which tragically erased all progress that had been made on the project.
On the January 27 2019, a wildfire which started on the slopes below Signal Hill Drive spread rapidly over the mountain due to the dry fuel load and prevailing south easter winds.
All TMNP resources, aerial support and ground crew were deployed to contain the fire and protect the urban edge from possible damage. Through their efforts, the fire was largely contained on 29 January 2019. An initial post-fire assessment of the affected area revealed that Lions Head sustained significant burn damage to infrastructure and foot paths.
The preliminary maintenance closure period was scheduled for January 7 to February 15. As a result of the fire, an extended closure to address safety and ecological integrity concerns will take place.
Further footpath segments not included in the maintenance project were badly damaged and will now require intervention before access can be granted. The affected paths included those around the Kramat, Top Road entrance and Kloof Road entrance. Visitors should be aware that the closure applies to not only hiking but all recreational activities.
Lion’s Head will be open for access again on Friday 1 March 2019.
Visitors are advised to familiarise themselves with the below map in order to avoid the path/s still closed for rehabilitation.
Pictures: TMNP/Facebook/Lion’s Head Mountain Cape Town