Sugar Trail

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

“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.

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