The Klipspringer Path is a more adventurous route to the summit of Phillipskop. It begins in the Hidden Valley at the back of Phillipskop and zig-zags its way up through the rocky cliffs of Eagle Crags. This is an easy route but there are a few sections with a bit more exposure and you will require your hands. It should be classified as a low-level scramble. We have therefore put in some ropes to help on the trickier bits but it does not require any rock climbing skill.
To get to the Klipspring Path, you need to take the Eagle Crags route in the Hidden Valley and then follow the signpost where it branches off. The initial part zig-zags up a fault line between the cliffs. After ascending about 20m, the path takes a diagonal line upwards following the rock strata to reach a broad grassy slope amongst the crags. The first bit has a rope to help one up the rock slope, but after that it becomes a straightforward steep hike up the slope for 200m. As you go up keep an eye out to your left for the Rock Tunnel. This is also the best place on the reserve to spot the fynbos endemic Cape Siskin, which are often seen flying in small flocks around the rocks. You may also get lucky to have the Black Eagles fly past at eye-level (they nest just the other side of the rock face).
From the top of the slope comes the main rock scramble section. The path winds its way up through a couple of rocky ledges where you will need to use your hands (and ropes to help) but the exposure is not scary. At this point one gets some beautiful views down between the rocky peaks of Eagle Crags to the Saddle and ridge beyond. One has to pass through the Narrow Way and then one last bit of winding through the rocks before coming out on the gentle slopes of the summit. There is still a 100m to walk until one reaches the main path up to the summit but it is only another 25m of ascent.
It is very important to stick to the path and to stay away from cliff edges. While the route chosen is safe, there are dangerous cliffs in the vicinity. Red arrow markers along the route help to show the way. Please do not cut corners, as this will cause erosion and make the official route unclear. We also advise only ascending via this route; descent should be via the main path to the Saddle. The route is taken entirely at your own risk and we do not accept any liability for any accident or injury arising out of use of the route.