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Lion's Head Signal Hill run


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Run in the cool morning

Lion's Head Signal Hill trail run

Lion's Head Signal Hill trail run is easely accessible from the city. The trail run start at the base of Lion’s Head. It is an undemanding morning run that offers spectacular 360º views of the Atlantic seaboard, The West Coast, Table Bay, the city, Table Mountain and the bigger mountain ranges surrounding the Cape area. Lion's Head Signal Hill trail run is rewarding without too much effort. 

Early historical ascent

Undoubtedly the indigenous Khoikhoi of the southern tip of Africa long before the Western settlers. An early legend has it that some of the first Portuguese navigators climbed Lion's Head and hacked two large cross-shaped fissures into a rock face near the summit. The marks can still be seen today..The first recorded ascent by a Western woman was in 1682, she climbeb it with the company of Governor Simon Van Der Stel.

Getting Geared

Sturdy trail running shoes and breathable socks, natural fibres such as mohair or wool. For the legs a lightweight and quick drying tights or shorts. For the upper body inner layer, lightweight, quick-drying, breathable long or short sleeved. Second layer with thermal long-sleeved base layer for cold or wet conditions. Outer layer, lightweight, windproof, water resistant breathable, insulated jacket. For headwear, quick drying peak caps or buff. For eyewear, quality polarised lenses, which can ajust as light conditions change.

Yoga and Trail Running

Yoga and running lie on opposite ends of the exercise spectrum but they actually combine strength and flexibility.

Strength and flexibility

If your body is off-balance it can often lead to repetitive strain injuries. Tight muscles tend to get tighter and compensating weak muscles weaker. Yoga can work specifically at balancing strength in the muscles that support and stabilise the skeleton system.

For some interesting info on Yoga and running click here



  • Views of Camps Bay & Clifton beaches
  • Views of the Table Mountain Twelve Apostles
  • Views of the Atlantic seaside suburbs
  • Views of Table Bay
  • Lion's Head & Signal Hill
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  • Temperature: 17 °C
  • Wind: North, 18.5 km/h
  • Pressure: 1016 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 77 %
  • Visibility: 10 km
Reported on:
Tue, 11/13/2018 - 06:00

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10.5 km
The route is mostly along well-trodden trails with wonderful views all around.
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