“T he Sugar Trail is in the West Bank, which can be a surprise for some tourists. It’s cool. It’s a trail that traces its roots to biblical times, yet now it’s somewhere everyone mountain bikes,” says Tal Rozow, owner of Sababike Tour Company in Israel.
Once part of the overland route from Jerusalem, the Sugar Trail was rediscovered by cyclists at the turn of the millennium. Although it used to be more of a local secret, it’s grown into one of the region’s most popular mountain bike locations. It still isn’t crowded; Rozow says a busy weekend will see 30 to 50 riders on the trail.
While you could download the Sugar Trail .gpx file from Sababike’s website, it’s still easier to complete the ride on a tour, as it requires plenty of logistics and two shuttles.
“It alternates between fast and flowy to some really technical riding,” Rozow says. “The Sugar Trail is only 8 km but, depending on the variation, we’ll ride between 20 to 30 km. We usually add at least 10 km of more singletrack that passes by a stunning ancient monastery.”
The trail begins at 754 m and descends more than 1,000 m to the lowest point on the Earth: the Dead Sea. It’s a short drive from Almog, where the trail ends, to paid beaches nearby and a bucket list-worthy swim.