There are many hikes on the mountains that form Cape Town's dramatic backdrop. The most popular path up Table Mountain is the Platteklip Gorge route, on the front of the mountain and with rock steps for most of the way. On the back of the mountain, starting in Kirstenbosch, is a second, less exposed climb up Skeleton Gorge. The more challenging Kasteelspoort climb begins on the Pipe Track above Camps Bay. The most popular mountain walk is up Lion's Head, which is easy to reach by car. You can hike there both day and night, especially when there's a full moon and you can see a string of lights from the throngs heading up. The hike starts gradually but becomes a climb near the top. In summer, start early to avoid the daytime sun and heat.