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Uploaded 12 października 2016

Recorded października 2016

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1 528 m
148 m
9,19 km

Obejrzane 14938 razy, pobrane 425 razy

w pobliżu Ḩārat ‘Awālī, Raʼs al Khaymah (United Arab Emirates)

A route from the Wadi Ghalilah Dam almost straight up to Jebel Jais, with stunning views of Wadi Litibah, Wadi Ghalilah and Wadi Jais from the top, as well as all the main peaks of the Northern Emirates and Mussadam, except Jebel Harim. Very Rewarding, with challenging terrain being made easy with a well laid path, clear signage, steps, dry stone embankments and stone marked pathways, as well as stone bench's/tables on route.

The time taking on this gps file should be considered a slow time. A fast group should be able to do this in around 4 hours up and 2.5 down. Slower Groups (as in this example) is around 8 up and 3.5 down I have removed the top-to-bottom part from the gps file uploaded to keep it clean, however the waypoints naming will work both ways. There is currently a 15 minute walk down from the top point to the closest parking spot, if you do this route in reverse (top to bottom) and start there.

The path simply 'goes up' with extremely few down parts on the way up and vice versa. The route is 'Easy' due to the well laid path, however so as not to be misleading the following should be considered:
* The length of the route
* No warm up period - it's steep from the start.
* No get-out routes or short-cuts
* Minimal shade particularly on the bottom half

Route Description from bottom to top:

Section 1: The route wastes no time in gaining elevation. It weaves its way along with water supply piping and electricity poles up the ridge and out of the wadi, at a sustained 1 in 4 gradient it zig-zags up over the barren ridge. The signs appear every hundred meters or so at this stage but soon spread out. This continues for 1/3rd of the route (up till the seating area after way point 10).

Section 2: The path becomes a more shallow gradient for the next third of the route, although it never ceases to run out of upward opportunities, with a short sharp section early on with some impressive stone work zig-zagging the path up a tight gully mimicking the roads of San Fransico (Lombard Street). After this point, quick progress is made with beautiful views of farms to the left, some placed on the flatter sections, some placed more precariously on the seemingly inaccessible cliffs of LItibah. This section goes up until waypoint 15 at the Water Barrels under the tree anchored into the rock.

Section 3: As you get to the end of section 2 a foreboding wall of cliffs, ledges and spiky summits lay ahead of you. This section defined the route for me making ease of difficult terrain. The gradient again increases to around 1 in 4 for this leg, with the path on this section being poorer quality than previously, and signage and markings disappearing all together. The route (looking at the face of the mountain) briefly heads up a gully right then switches straight left traversing on a narrow ledge with the only brief decent in the route. It then turns back to the right circling the peak up the rocky ledge before disappearing to the right hand side of the peak. A seating area sits half way through the section against the rock face; goats walk above here and rocks do fall. This section ends at waypoint 22, just a short traverse afterwards, where a water pumping station can be seen with a cement staircase heading sharply down from it.

Section 4: A scree gully between waypoints 22 and 23 make up the shortest but more strenuous part of the route. The gully climbs around 35 degrees for around 800m (1/2 mile). The path for this leg is poorer quality often less clearly marked but don't be concerned that you are off route due to this. As you top-out on the gulley a seating area makes for a well deserved rest at the top.

Section 5: The last section makes up the last 1/6th of the route, and is the return to civilisation. Clear signage, and a solid clear path return after legs 3 and 4 felt more abandoned. Active Farms are to your left hand side; however take the path to the right and follow it around the edge of the hill at a more gradual gradient as in leg 2. This leads to the final short steeper section up to the ridge. At the ridge the submit sits to the right, and the path down to the Jebel Jais road (under construction) heads left for the final 100m.

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01 - Start/End Point


02 - Turning Point


03 - Turning Point


04 - Turning Point - 1000m


05 - Turning Point


06 - Turning Point


07 - Turning Point - Just North of 2000 Sign


08 - Turning Point


09 - Turning Point


10 - Turning Point - 100m North of Seating Area


11 - Bottom of San Fransico (Lombard Street)


12 - Top of San Fransico (Lombard Street)


13 - Turning Point 100m North of Seating Area - 3500m Sign


14 - View of the Farms


15 - Shaded Area and Water Barrels


16 - Turning Point


17 - Start/End of Traverse - 6000m~


18 - Bottom of Scree-ledge


19 - Seating Area and Shade


20 - Turning Point - 6500m~


21 - Top of Scree-ledge


22 - Bottom of Gully


23 - Top of Gully - 7500m Sign and Seating Area


24 - Ridge Point 50m from seating area


25 - Start/End Point

55 Opinie

  • Zdjęcie arnaud Laviolette

    arnaud Laviolette 2017-09-25

    I have followed this trail  View more

    This is just a very beautiful trail from start to finish, the more we went up the more beautiful it get. I would recommend plenty of hydration and food to consume along the way to keep the energy level high, the last part of the trail is very steep and make sure you have a bag which is reasonable in weight.

    I advised some safety gears as at some point you wont have network on your phone as it switched to OMTEL and you can call or no network at all.
    I recommend :
    Walkie talkie, first aid kit, plenty of hydration (water 5litres, electrolytes, hats as some part of the mountain is exposed to the direct sun.

    This trail is you are experienced you must try , thank you Ben Robbins for sharing this to the world.

  • John Frankish 2017-12-06

    Thanks for posting the track - we did the walk yesterday - it's a pity that there's no obvious way to turn the hike into a loop.

    It's also the first time in many local hikes that I've seen trail markers :)

  • rpba81 2017-12-14

    We doing this trail tomorrow, will post an update.

  • rpba81 2017-12-17

    To inform anyone attempting this trail, the road to this trail is closed down and no cars or people allowed through. The blockade is at
    25.9442913, 56.1429520. We parked our cars there and hiked up the hills to 25.9477903, 56.1388573. There is no trail, loose rocks on the right side, try to avoid those.

    We were disapointed but managed to salvage whatever we could.

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2018-01-16

    Just to be clear: this route is not closed down, has not been closed down, and remains open.

    rpba81 has done this route backwards, and possibly has walked up the new Jebel Jais Road which is not a required detour. This is not the route described here.

    However, if you wish to do a modified version of this route, and park at the top and do it backwards, you can walk to the top trail point in about 20 minutes from the parking, and there is a marked path going up, and it is clearly worn.

    The road is still under construction and has yet to be opened to the public (at time of writing). It is not required for walking, and following the road would be about 4 times the distance and not permitted.

    If you do want to do this route in reverse, or wish to do half the route and not return to the bottom, the trail linked to below includes that initial section:

  • Zdjęcie ina1

    ina1 2018-02-11

    This hike is def. NOT closed. In fact it was quite popular on Friday.

    The trail is very easy to follow, with markers along the way.

    We did this in 3.5 hours up, and 2.5 hours down. Its physically challenging - our lungs were burning pretty much the whole ascent (9km), equally our knees took a battering on the way down. There is minimal cover/shade so take a lot of water. Although carrying so much water makes it harder to go up!

    It's beautiful, once you get to the top, you're literally above the clouds (on the Wadi Ghalilah side). I highly recommend this trail. We had lunch at the flag pole (mainly because the picnic spot was taken by other hikers) on the Jebel Jais side. We watched the zip liners, and also may have laid flat on the road recuperating.... there is no public access so its nice and quiet, no cars zooming past.

    Highly recommended! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Zdjęcie ina1

    ina1 2018-02-11

    I have followed this trail  zweryfikowane  View more

    Highly recommended.

  • Zdjęcie firas frangieh

    firas frangieh 2018-02-25

    Dear Ben

    thank you for the details of this hike. i have a question please. i dont have a 4x4, where can i park my car best and walk to the start point of the hike?

    thanks again for sharing

  • John Frankish 2018-02-25

    You don't need a 4x4, there is a paved road all the way to the dam.

    On the right hand side of the dam there is a small car park just a few metres from the start of the hike.

  • rpba81 2018-02-25

    I stand corrected, I had approached the trail from the opposite direction. Apologies for mentioning the wrong details in the review.

    Will definitely try this again!


  • Zdjęcie Andy_012345

    Andy_012345 2018-02-27

    I follow it, it's good.

  • Zdjęcie firas frangieh

    firas frangieh 2018-03-04

    i followed it solo until the 5000 meter sign. amazing views
    next time will complete it full with a group
    highly recomended
    Thank you Ben

  • Zdjęcie ina1

    ina1 2018-03-04

    Firas Frangieh - did you do this on Friday? If so, i think our paths crossed.

  • Zdjęcie firas frangieh

    firas frangieh 2018-03-04

    Ina1- i hiked yesterday (sat) and sadly i didnt encounter any other hiker
    its a very nice area and yesterday it was damp as it rained the night before

  • Ivkosky 2018-03-08

    Hi guys, I would like to do this hike, but not sure how to get back to the car? Sorry for a lame question, but I would like to park the car somewhere at the starting point (if possible) and then return back to it. Thanks a lot.

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2018-03-08

    You can park right at the start point. To get back to it, you either need to retread your steps and reverse the route, or have a second car parked at the top of the Jebel Jais road, and add an additional 20 mins to the hike to get to the car.

  • travelingi 2018-05-14

    I will be in the UAE from the 19th to the 21st and was wondering if anyone was thinking of climbing Jebel Jais during this time. My understanding is that there is no public transportation past Ras Al-Khaimah. I would love to share a taxi or help pay for gas if someone has a car.


  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2018-05-14

    Hey Travelingi. Just to be sure it's clear, this route does not summit Jebel Jais or bil ais. It just get's up onto the side of Jebel Jais mountain. It's a couple of hours to the summit. The road to the bottom of this route has plenty of traffic on it for hitch hiking, and many of the farmers drive up early in the morning. Never guaranteed, but I have never had much delay either.

  • serzin 2018-10-28


    Just to clarify the route starts and ends at the dam right?

    if I drive up and park on the right hand side of the dam in the small car park, then i will descend back down in the same route, correct?

    Also is the path so clear that I do not need to follow the map? Or will it be essential to have a GPS to navigate?

    Thank you.

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2018-10-28


    Yes the route starts at the dam.
    Yes you park and its on your right hand side (there is a sign marking it)
    The path is clear for the top and bottom sections, but the mid section at times is less clear. If you not have a GPS, then hopefully the description in this artical will get you through it.


  • serzin 2018-10-28

    Thanks a lot.

    So start and finish are both at the dam?

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2018-10-28

    It's linear, so if you return back you end where you started. However if you arrange a pick up at the top, it is a 15 min additional walk to a car parking spot there. This is at the top of the jebel jais road. The drive time between here and the start is quite some distance. Possibly 90 mins drive.

  • serzin 2018-10-28

    Ok so when you mentioned above 4 hours up and 2.5 hours down (for a fast group) then I would end where I start, correct?

    Apologies for the questions, just want to make sure I have it right.


  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2018-10-29

    That is correct

  • Zdjęcie tigerluk

    tigerluk 2019-01-02

    Hi! Will try this trail thursday night. Can you recall if there is a campsite near the jump off (like one hour trek from jump off) where we can spwnd the night? Then the friday early morning, we will continue our way up. Or is it possible to camp in the jump off?

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019-01-02

    I have camped at the base of this before, but there are a few mozi's in the wadi on the other side of the road. There is also fire wood though, so it's good and bad. If you head up to waypoint 14 it is noticeably flatter, and there are camp spots there. Depending on speed this is around 1 hour to 90 mins into the trek. If your not looking for anywhere too fancy (a ledge), you could really camp pretty much anywhere, just give a bit of distance from the active farms where people live and maybe set yourself back off the route, as this has a high footfall it seems, so people may be coming through early.

  • Zdjęcie Muzla2

    Muzla2 2019-01-03

    Great trail Ben, tried it yesterday. Plan was to go slow and steady as far as possible before cut off time, brew, food and return. Didn't set off early so reached the third seating area just before 3500m. Peaceful and well worthwhile. (and critter free day - bonus!)

  • Zdjęcie manan_1001

    manan_1001 2019-01-08

    Hi Ben! I've been wanting to try this hike for a while, but I wanted to do it with my dogs. Would you suggest it for canines? I'm scared the last bit may be too steep and while my dogs can climb some 0.7-1m high boulders, it gets to be a little too much. They're a Labrador and a Swiss Shepherd. Thanks for the awesome trails!

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019-01-08

    Hi Manan, It should be fine for medium/large dogs. Their footing is usually better than ours! The concerning bit (use of lead) would be the ledges before the last section. points 15-22, but that's down to how well behaved/smart they are I guess.

  • hakamarja 2019-01-25

    Hi, we are planning to take this hike from Sharjah on the 8th Feb. Our plan is to fill it into the trip to see the Jebel Jais viewing point, what you suggest would it be best to take this hike downwards from Jebel Jais road, other vice it would require a lot of driving extra if we start this from the starting point, return there and drive to Jebel Jais viewing poinr or am I understanding it right?

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019-01-25

    Hi Hakamarja, Which ever way you go you will need to either return back to your start point or arrange transport at either end. If you start at the top, the parking spot is 20mins-30mins walk from the path. However if you start at the bottom the parking is at the start point exactly. If you have 2 cars, you could go bottom to top and then walk down the road to the viewing platform where another car is. This would take around an hour I would guess.

  • hakamarja 2019-01-27

    Hi Ben
    Thank u for your answer. We are planning to make a returntrip but could you advice us how to get from the start point by car to Jebel Jais viewing deck. It seems a very long trip by googlemap. We definitely want to make this hike and visit viewing point so would you advice to start the hike from the top when planning a return trip any way? Is it easy to find the track from the Jebel Jais end if we start from there.
    Thank u in advance.

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019-01-27

    It is a long trip. They are different wadi's altogether and then there is a 4000ft snaking road as well. It will take around 1 hour 15 mins between the two points. The route is simple however, just heading out of wadi ghalilah, south on the new RAK ring-road, then follow signs to jebel jais, taking a left at a roundabout 20 mins in. Once at the viewing deck, the road will continue for 5 mins drive to the top parking. After this is is a restricted road. You need to walk up the road (skipping the corners by taking the path. For this route I did part of that: "Jebel Bil Ais ledge and Khamid Farms". Finding the track at the top is relatively easy. Download the waypoints and it's super easy. Or print the map and that would work to. In short, after the Barrier the road winds then hairpins back. There is then the ToroVerde Cafe/Building. After this the road hair pins back right. When you then head back in the other direction directly past the ToroVerde building again...The path is there, on your left.

  • Kjbhatia00 2019-02-09

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Just completed this trek yesterday. We took 4 hours to get up and 3 hours to come down. It's intense, towards 7000 m onwards it gets very challenging due to the loose rocks. but once you pass 8000m, its a straight towards the endpoint.

  • Kyril Solntsev 2019-02-09

    Thanks, Ben. Completed today. A bit confusing was the part around W21 where the large cairns lead down to two white cisterns. But your gpx said to turn left which we did. We were lucky to have friend with a car on top of the hill :-)

  • hakamarja 2019-02-10

    Thanks Ben, we did this on Friday 8th. Starting from top. Some places it was tricky to find the bath and we did not go all the way down as it was very slow for us going down...much faster going up.

  • Joanna Khoury 2019-03-05

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for all the info! Any idea if it would be possible to get a ride from the top point at Jebel Jais back to Wadi Ghalilah? We are thinking of hiking up but are afraid it will be difficult for us to get back down as we are not fairly experienced hikers so it may take too long for us.

    Do you know of any of the adventure companies around Jebel Jais who might offer rides to hikers back to Wadi Ghalilah?

    I guess the alternative would be for us to just do half the loop, but we would miss out on a lot of the scenery.

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019-04-21

    Apologies on the late reply. A nearby company based on route is "Challenging Adventure", so maybe they could offer something. The route around is quite a long drive. Another option is just to get a less motivated friend to drop at one end and drive around to meet you at the other.

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019-04-21

    Toroverde may offer lift services as well, as they operate the Zip-line at the top.

  • Zdjęcie Colin Fox

    Colin Fox 2019-04-23

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Very nice route.

  • Zdjęcie NuskiNafeez

    NuskiNafeez 2019-09-11

    Hi Ben, Since it’s hot during day time, We are planing to do this hike early morning with head torches. And to return soon after sunrise. What is your advice? Thanks in advance.

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019-09-11

    I would suggest aiming for waypoint 15 for sunrise, so you can see clearly for the following section. The temperatures would be good for the way up as the altitude takes care of the rising daytime temperatures, but on the way back it could be a hot finish.

  • Zdjęcie Colin Fox

    Colin Fox 2019-09-13

    Hi NuskiNafeez, I have done this route and happy to join you if you fancy some company. Would be interesting doing it in the dark and see the sunrise. Best Colin

  • Zdjęcie NuskiNafeez

    NuskiNafeez 2019-09-13

    Hi Colin. We are planing the hike on 24th night or 25th early morning. If you are ok with the dates you are more than welcome.

  • osoward 2019-11-05

    Thanks for the route and all the info.
    I am planning on hiking it up from the bottom. I am hoping to not have to hike back down. Are there any taxis at the top (perhaps by the car park) that you could take back to your car?

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019-11-05

    Highly doubt it as it's an hour from town. Could call one out but they would probably have a hefty charge. Would probably cost a few hundred. Hitch hiking down would be more reliable i reckon!

  • osoward 2019-11-05

    Thanks. It sounds like it’s take two cars or hike back down

  • Zdjęcie vbenwell

    vbenwell 2019-11-17

    This is a great hike from bottom to top and back again, I did it yesterday as a solo hike but I think its unrealistic putting it as an EASY catagory for all the new people who are starting hiking for the first time or fairly new to hiking (even with the long time 8hrs). I agree with all your wey points and descriptions. The route at the moment is only visible for those that can read the rocks and after last weeks rain there has been a lot of rock shift! I've done this route many times myself and even yesterday I took a wrong path but was able to backtrack. Please rate the catagory in terms of other peoples experience... Not just how you found it as a regular hiker and how well the route is laid out. I understand why but this definitely isn't an easy hike, especially for newbies. And even more so if unprepared for distance, time, weather, water etc This is when accidents happen and routes get closed down. Maybe if it's just a record for yourself, save is as a local copy! Or record everything you took with you... navigation system, amount of water, snacks, appropriate footwear, etc etc. I'm just a concerned hiker fearful for all the unexperienced newbies out there thinking this is gonna be an 8 hour walk in the park!! Thanks for considering. 😊👍🏻

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019-11-17

    Hi vbenwell,

    I agree that the trail is long, and based on the climate of the UAE, as well as the height gains and even remoteness in the middle, the route can be hard for some. However it is important to note, based partly on other comments, that others hold the opposite view also, that routes marked with harder grading were very easy for them. In regards to physical difficulty, it is highly subjective, but I have tried to use the broad range of gradings, and ultimately this route is one of the easiest in the UAE, relatively speaking.

    Wikiloc does explicitly state that the difficulty rating is "technical". it is based on the "technical challenge of [the] trail, not the physical exertion." Therefore I will leave the grading of this route as easy, as it involves only walking, with no particularly awkward steps or use of hands at any point. Technically it is easy.

  • Zdjęcie vbenwell

    vbenwell 2019-11-17

    Hi Ben,
    Yep, fair enough, I get that, physical difficulty is subjective, and walking is all the Ghalilah/Jais route is in terms of technical ability... I just hope everyone reads all the information provided on a route, and then plans their hike accordingly. There are just too many irresponsible hikers out there. I've met quite a few on my hikes and travels, I for one would hate to aid their recklessness!

  • Zdjęcie Laith Wark

    Laith Wark 2019-12-01

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Ben has explained the trail very well, and it's a great day walk. It's worth taking the GPS track as the trail can be hard to follow in some of the upper sections. I gave the "easy to follow" rating three stars to encourage others to take a GPS track with them and not expect the trail to be clearly visible for the whole route. It could be done by "bush navigation" if you had time and didn't mind a little back-tracking in case of wrong turns.

  • Ros Alston 2020-01-20

    Can this be a loop or do we just need to do the walk back following the same path? Working on how to get back to the car with just two of us in one car... Presumably this takes you up to the summit of JJ? Do the zip lines and roads spoil the hike somewhat? Heading off this coming Thurs to camp, for a Friday hike - hoping the 10% chance of rain remains just that and doesn’t spoil the walk plans!!

  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2020-01-21

    with one car it would be a return trip yes. The path finishes on the Jebel Jais road. If you then turn left/East when getting to this top road it would proceed up the mountain. The Zip lines start further up this road and are on the SE side. The route comes up the NW side and joins the road at it's end. Therefore the zip lines and roads are the end of the hike and can't be seen until the last few meters of the route. Reference the OSM map and/or way point on this route if you need these details visualised, and check out the description for the finer details.

  • joecollins2008 2020-03-15

    Hi Ben,

    A lot of information here thanks, first time using Wikiloc.

    Thinking of doing the hike at the weekend, or would you say the whether is too hot at the minute?

    Also I understand that during the middle stages the signs become less clear, I believe you can buy the premium version of Wikiloc, will this assist further is finding the route? Or is all the GPS when using an iPhone just relying on phone signal?

    Can I also just confirm that the 8 hours stated in for a return trip?


  • Zdjęcie Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2020-03-15

    Hi Joe,

    I can't comment on the benefits of having wikiloc Pro as I'm not using it myself. However for this route, with the moderately clear path throughout, waypoints, gps track, text, photos and diagrams provided, getting lost would really be quite a feat.

    The weather is still good at the moment, and the altitude gain will help. However the sun is strong.

    The 8 hours stated is a 'slow' time just to the top. It is 3.5 hours for a 'slow' return to the bottom.

    Hope that helps,

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