Helderberg Trails

Somerset West - Western Cape Boland

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Trails: 4
Total Distance: 22km
eBikes: Yes
Shuttle-friendly: N/A
Cost: Day Permit Adult - R60 | Scholar/Pensioner - R30
Security Rating: 4/5
Nearest City/Town: Somerset West
Trail type: Gravity Trail | Country Trail

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Gravity Trail | Country Trail

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Best suited for: Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced riders.

What we love about it: The sheer overwhelming volume of the descent! And the ridiculously incredible views. Yeah, there are various routes at Helderberg to suit various fitness and skill levels, but the real attraction is the massive descent. Of course you have to climb the 8km to start the descent from the top, but you can also join it from anywhere, depending on your available time and energy level.

The trails: There are four distinct sections of trail at Helderberg which all start and finish at Helderberg Farm, Somerset West. They are:

  • Green: 2km
  • Blue: 3km
  • Red: 10km
  • Black: 12km

Green and Blue mostly stay low down at the base of the mountain and take you on twisty singletrack through eucalyptus forest, vineyards and indigenous vegetation as you ascend the slope. The Red is more challenging 10km than you would expect. The Black trail is only recommended for experienced riders because there’s 600m of ascent, which isn’t a technical climb, but it does take a while. The descent is just superb! There are different line options at places where advanced riders can detour onto more technical sections –technical in this case being jumps and drops which need to be taken at speed, although nothing super risky. But most riders are just fine on the ‘main line’, which is truly superb! It’s tiring to do the entire descent in one go, so stopping a couple of times on the way down to regroup or to catch your breath is not unusual. There are two more recognised downhill runs too, No. 1 is 1.4km long and No. 2 is 1.5km long.

Additional Trail Facts


The signage is good, but not great (November 2021). Fine for locals that know the trails, but not always easy to spot at speed on the descent.


The trails aren’t specifically graded, but are predominantly blue and black trails according to Trailforks.

Off The Bike

There’s an established tea garden at Helderberg Farm with a play park for kids. For those who don’t have the local Wine Lands Cycling Club permit or the Winelands Trails permit, you can buy a day permit at the Tea Garden or at The Hanger Bike Company, the local bike shop on the property that’s co-owned by gravity aces Andrew and Jonty Neethling.


While Helderberg is a trails park that caters for all levels of rider, it’s predominantly a gravity rider’s haven. The views of the False Bay and surrounds when you reach the highest trails point are absolutely breath taking. The long descent is world class and a favourite for some of the world’s top mountain bikers, including Nino Schurter, Jolande Neff and Brendan Fairclough. The fact that Andrew Neethling is the local trail guide to the stars here is also quite something… Helderberg Trails is an iconic South African gravity trails venue that has to be experienced to be truly appreciated!


Day Permit Adult – R60 | Day Permit Scholar/Pensioner & Trail Runner – R30


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Stuart Gibson
06 June 2022
Good challenging climb, incredible views and superb technical routes with breathtaking options for the downhill routes
Myles Brown
06 June 2022
Great spot!
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Philip Viljoen
06 June 2022
Very good technical trails, with proper trail ratings that are applicable, and not inflated. A Black trail really is a black trail, and not a blue trail with an inflated ego.
Stephan Nieuwoudt
06 June 2022
Ride at least once per week, AMAZING trail!
Jaco Nel
06 June 2022
Steep uphill gets rewarded in spades with mist. Incredible view on the descent.
David Willis
14 March 2022
Fantastic downhills. You cannot be a beginner if you going above the 6km Mark of riding. Red trail is manageable for most ppl if you use brakes. Black are challenging for most ppl. Expect fast and slippery gravel. So much fun. Up, not so much!!
Chris Vos
01 March 2022
Sick trails, from beginner to semi crazy.... awesome trails in our backyard. Make sure to visit the The Hanger Bike Co on your way out!
Chris Vos
09 February 2022
You wont find better views of False bay early mornings than this, but be prepared to work for it!
Dorian Toussaint
01 February 2022
These are such cool trails that just take you everywhere, get lost and you still find your way back after having a great time. For the most part relatively easy but interesting and there are some challenges like the 1-mile climb or the awesome waterworks downhill, hats off to the guys for putting that part of the trail together.
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