Cathedral Peak

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Cathedral Peak is perhaps the most famous peak of the Drakensberg, situated in a popular hiking and rock climbing area where several free-standing rock pinnacles have been separated from the main escarpment by erosion. A vast network of trails stretches throughout the region, converging upon a main trailhead at the Cathedral Peak Hotel, east of the escarpment. Many excellent rock climbing peaks are accessible from this trailhead, the most popular being Monk's Cowl, Cathkin Peak, and Twins.

Elevation (feet): 9,856
Elevation (meters): 3,004
Continent: Africa
Country: South Africa
Range/Region: Drakensberg
Latitude: -28.9167
Longitude: 29.15
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1917
First successful climber(s): R.G. Kingdon, D.W. Bassett-Smith
Nearest major airport: Johannesburg or Durban, South Africa
Convenient Center: Winterton or Estcourt, South Africa

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 11 trip reports for Cathedral Peak.

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  • Log #21281 - by Heinz Hochrinner on May 16, 2008
  • Log #19164 - by Steve Bateson on Feb 15, 2006
    Cathedral Peak, 3005m, provides a fine day of 8 to 10 hours with easy ridge walking culminating in a testing scramble up the intimidating summit pyramid (PD with moves of II). The only description we...
  • Log #781 - by Martin Hulme on Sep 11, 2003
    An enjoyable approach to the mountain on easy mountain trails, followed by a bit of hands on scrambling and chain ladder to reach the actual summit. Well worth the effort as the views from the top...
  • Log #780 - by Andrew on Sep 10, 2003
    Cathedral peak is a lovely area of the Drakensberg and well worth a visit. check out what this site has to offer as far as pictures of the mountains and Drakensberg links go.
  • Log #779 - by Andrew on Sep 09, 2003
    We stayed at the Antbear Guesthouse and did a day trip to Cathedral Peak. Wow was that worth while.
  • Log #782 - by Steven Schaefer on Aug 01, 2001
    I walked with a group of 5 with the guide from Cathedral Peak Hotel - Johannes - probably one of the most spectacular thing I have ever done
  • Log #783 - by Ryan Zammit on Dec 27, 2000
    April was the 8th time up this incredible peak. People have overcome so many fears doing this peak and after staring out from this 10,000 foot mountain -life doesn't seem so bad after all.
  • Log #785 - by Lamar on Dec 26, 2000
    Cathedral Peak is one of my favorite places for moderate traaditional climbing. The view from the top is spectacular. The climbing is quite enjoyable with multiple class five pitches. If you have the...
  • Log #786 - by Ryan Allderman on May 22, 2000
    The location of Bell Cave is not easy to find the first time, so speak to someone who knows where it is. Stunning views in all directions, but clouded over fairly early in the morning.
  • Log #787 - by Walther Meyer on Feb 01, 2000
    Try the traverse from Royal Natal Park up the Chainladder to Cathedral Peak - spectacular
  • Log #789 - by Laura Duhig on Mar 23, 1999
    Very beautiful area and is a lovely climb as part of a group. Duke of Edinburgh Award Group.