Jordan Trail | 1- Um Qais to Ziglab
The Jordan Trail is a continuous route crossing the entire country of Jordan, offering over 600 kilometers of trail and 36 days of beautiful hiking through diverse
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Hikes in the Region

 

1: Um Qais to Ziglab

 

2: Ziglab to Beit Idis

 

3: Beit Idis to Rasoun

 

4: Rasoun to Ajloun Castle

DAY 1: UM QAIS TO ZIGLAB

  • Distance: 25.5 km
  • Time:  8 hours
  • Physical Challenge: Moderate
  • Trail Difficulty: Difficult
  • Waymarked: Yes

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Distance Waypoint Walking Notes
0 km 201-0 STAGE START: Just before Ajloun castle gate, turn R (Sign: Shrine of Prophet Khidr).
320 m 201-0.32 After Bedouin tents & small concrete building on L, turn L into olive grove by medium size rock and continue straight.
480 m 201-0.48 Ruins, continue straight/slightly R down hill cutting through the forest till you get to 4×4.
895 m 201-0.9 At 4×4 turn L, then at Y turn R into paved road and continue straight into foot path before turning sharp R with the road.
935 m 201-0.94 Continue straight then R downhill along the foot path aiming to the next lower road.
1.2 km 201-1.2 Hit paved road and new clean building, turn L then R in 50m.
1.4 km 201-1.4 Turn L by the flat field.
1.6 km 201-1.6 Continue straight into olive grove leaving the road.
1.7 km 201-1.7 Continue straight for 40m then turn R into olive grove.
1.9 km 201-1.9 Walk down the R side of the olive grove all the way reaching 4×4.
2.3 km 201-2.3 At 4×4, turn L.
2.38 km 201-2.38 Turn R into footpath between bushes, winding all the way down to the road.
2.9 km 201-2.9 Cross big road to smaller road going uphill.
3.2 km 201-3.2 At Y turn L.
3.6 km 201-3.6 At T turn L down hill. (Rock wall)
3.7 km 201-3.7 Turn R into 4×4 into olive grove.
4 km 201-4 Continue straight towards the building and road.
4.5 km 201-4.5 At main road, turn R then L in 50m.
5 km 201-5 Turn L uphill in front of a big house with red brick roof.
5.3 km 201-5.3 At T turn R.
6 km 201-6 Turn L uphill to Um AL-Khashab.
7.9 km Camping Spot Good Camping Spot
7.9 km 201-7.9 At Y turn into semi paved road.
9.03km 201-9.03 Turn L into 4×4.
9.08 km 201-9.08 Turn R into blocked 4×4.
9.1 km 201-9.1 At T turn R.
9.5 km 201-9.5 Join 4×4, with big rock fence on L.
10 km 201-10 At T turn L.
10 km Dallafeh water spring. Dallafeh water spring.
10.9 km 201-10.9 Caves on R and L.
11.2 km Sarabees water spring. Sarabees water spring.
11.2 km Sarabees village ruins. Sarabees village ruins.
11.7 km 201-11.7 Continue straight from cross.
13.3 km 201-13.3 At Main road turn R.
13.5 km 201-13.5 Just before the Cliff on L (Mahmoud Cliff), turn L with olive groves on R & L, continue until you get to a block of houses.
13.9 km 201-13.9 Mahmoud Cliff (Ancient Tombs).
15.4 km Charcoal Burners home stay STAGE END: Charcoal Burners home stay.
Basic Info:

It’s the first day, so nice to begin downhill. Starting at the basalt ruins of the Decapolis of Um Qais overlooking the Sea of Galilee, we head down towards the Arab Dam, reaching Tel Mazraa’ at the water’s edge. We then follow the south side of the reservoir before climbing hills to a flat rich agriculture plain and the village of Zabda. Beyond, we drop down and follow Wadi Darraba and Quseiba to the weat, finally heading south and crossing Wadi et Taiyiba to the Ziglab Lake and Eco Park. A beautiful hike especially nice in the Spring.

Transportation:
Ajloun has bus connections to AmmanJerash, and Irbid
Accommodations:
Things to See:
– Um Qais Roman Ruins, Arab Dam
Amenities:
Water at both stage ends; food/shops in Um Qais village
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