From the ancient ruins of Pella, the route heads up a long ascent on good-quality roads through small villages, passing several farms and olive groves until arriving at the 12th century Islamic Castle in Ajloun.
From Pella, the route takes the longest ascent of the whole trail, starting at 200m below sea level, ascending 1,200m to 1,000m above sea level. Although it’s a long ascent, the route follows good-quality roads that wind up through farms and olive groves.
The route passes through the villages of Kufr Rakeb and Al-Hawi, with views across the Birgish and Zubia forests to the village of Rasoun. Homestay options are available in Rassoun. From Rasoun, the route heads south passing the Ajloun reserve, with accommodation available at RSCN Ajloun. The trail continues on roads to Ajloun Castle, a 12th century Islamic castle, known locally as Qalat ar-Rabad.
Very Difficult – A mixture of long steep climbs and various track surfaces, with some more technical riding. Over 1,500m of ascent. Some uphill on rugged terrain requiring rider to push bike. Long, steep uphill along the road with short off-road sections near the end of the day.
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