Jordan Trail | 702- Gaa’ Mriebed to Wadi al-Saif
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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REGION 7: PETRA TO RUM


DAY 2: GAA’ MRIEBED TO WADI AL-SAIF

  • Distance: 14.3 km
  • Time:  4-5  hours
  • Physical Challenge: Easy
  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate
  • Waymarked: No

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Important Numbers

Tourist Police:

  • Hotline: 117777
  • What’s App: +962 7 7099 1814

 

JTA:

  • George: +962 7 9916 6072
  • Abdullah: +962 7 9061 8417
  • Bashir +962 7 7844 2200
Basic Info:

From Gaa’ Mriebed, head southwest downhill on the paved road, entering Wadi Abu O’rouq by turning right before a small bridge where the paved road crosses the wadi. Continue downhill in the wadi, through beautiful colorful sandstone, walking along the rocky wadi bed and through oleander plants. At around 3km, a larger wadi joins from your left, stay straight in main wadi. Pass through large sandstone boulders, and reach the underground-fed spring Ain al-O’Rouq, with water all year. If just a trickle, dig down into the wet sand. Continue along the wadi as it widens.

After a square cement cistern on your right, turn left and head west, then south, winding through a maze of rocky areas and gullies to reach a donkey track heading south. Continue on this better path until reaching a wadi entering from the east near a large shade tree and terraced wall at 9.8km.

Head west to a path that reaches the much wider Wadi al-Saif, where you’ll footpath will lead you into the wadi in a southbound, upstream direction. Continue south along a 4×4 in Wadi al-Saif until you reach a large boulder in front of a huge vertical cliff of white and red sandstone, where this wild campsite spot marks the end of the stage. On the top of the rock are old (Nabatean era) carvings of animals including camels, gazelles, and sheep.

Transportation:
  • Car access to Gaa’ Mriebed area
  • Jeep access only to Wadi al-Saif
Accommodations:
  • Wild camping is possible virtually anywhere along the stage.
  • Possible to camp near Ain al-O’rouq, but be mindful of flash flood risks in rainy weather.
Things to See:
  • Colorful Sandstone
  • Wadi Abu al-Orouq
  • Nabatean Carvings in Wadi al-Saif
Food & Water:

Food:

  • None on route

Water:

  • Water from Ein Abu O’rouq and water pools in wadi near Wadi Quseib campsite (next stage)
Tips & Safety:

Tips:

  • Most of the day’s walking is in areas with some loose stones, sand and gravel in wadi beds
  • If hiking self-supported, camping near the water springs in Wadi Abu Orouq and Wadi Quseib on next stage make a manageable longer combined stage around 27km. Be sure to watch the weather for potential flash flood risks if camping in the wadis.

Safety Info:

  • Flash flood dangers – Wadi Abu O’rouq
  • Loose footing – Rocky, sandy surfaces and wadi beds
  • Dehydration/heat exhaustion – There is very little shade along the stage, but occasional small Acacia trees and rock overhanging the sides of wadis that can provide some shade.

Mobile Phone Coverage: Some coverage at higer areas around kilometer 8, and on top of at the end of the stage in Wadi al-Saif.

Local Contacts:

Mahmoud Bdoul – 0772448166

Habu – 0778332061