Rhodes Eastern Cape Hiking Trails

Rhodes Eastern Cape Hiking Trails

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    Hiking - The Crystal Route

    The Crystal Route is a walk on the village common that starts at the gate to the right of the sandstone walls at the entrance to Rubicon.

    The climb-through at the gate and all of the others are easily identified by the blue PVC pipes used to protect walkers from the creosote on the poles used for the frame-work.

    The Crystal Route is 4,1km in extent and the height difference between the start and the highest point is +-160m. Before embarking on walks, check on the weather as thunder storms can and do occur posing a threat from lightning strikes. Always take sufficient water with you and ensure that you have applied adequate sun protection cream. A wide hat is recommended as are long-sleeved shirts.

    After ascending to the gravel quarry where the crystals, after which the walk is named, can be found, make a gradual descent by “zig-zagging” down the mountain side. It is a remote area and medical rescue in these parts is a time-consuming process so beware and descend with care. Do not attempt this route on your own.

     

    The crystals referred to are secondary minerals such as zeolites, calcite, chlorite, quartz or chalcedony that are deposited after emplacement. These crystals are formed in gas bubbles or vesicles that are found volcanic lava described as amygdaloidal rock depending on the groundwater chemistry and the physical conditions underground.

     

    Information regarding hiking opportunities elsewhere in the area can be obtained from the RTIC.

     

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