6 miles
420 ft
-1,493 ft
Avg time

Sugar Trail Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    דרך הסוכר
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    from Oct-Apr
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Face, Skinny, Wallride
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened

The Sugar Trail is an old trade route that was used to transport spices and condiments up from the Dead Sea towards Jerusalem. Today, with the help of the modern mountain bike and a shuttle to the top, we enjoy the trail in the opposite direction. The Sugar Trail ride starts in Ma’ale Adumim, adjacent to Jerusalem, and you very quickly find yourself isolated and feeling like you just landed on another planet. There is nothing like the quiet and calm of the desert!

The riding here is fairly technical, although the trail is one of the most frequented in the Judean desert and thus is usually in quite good condition. The rolling surface is very fast, part of the charm of riding in the desert – but beware surprise rocks and gravel in the turns, you can lose grip out here in a blink. An hour into the ride and you’ll be feeling a lot more confident and at home on this very particular trail surface.

The views towards the Dead Sea along the way are scenic, and give good opportunity for a little rest (sorely needed, because although this trail is shuttled from top to bottom starting at 600 meters altitude and ending at 350 meters BELOW sea level, there are a couple of steep climbs along the way as you pass between valleys). As you zoom along some of the fast open sections you’ll have the opportunity to really let loose and carve up some turns, freeride style – but remember, the desert is a fragile environment, and we try to leave it as we found it.

The trail ends in Almog, next to the Dead Sea, which is where you would have parked a second vehicle or get a shuttle taxi
The Sugar Trail is one of the most fun ways to discover desert riding – if you haven’t been already, you should definitely go!

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More Stats for Sugar Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,073 ft
  • Altitude min
    -770 ft
  • Altitude max
    465 ft
  • Altitude start
    304 ft
  • Altitude end
    -770 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,210 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
  • view trail stats
on Mar 23, 2018
Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to sugar-trail-17133 trailhead (31.784180, 35.376191)


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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag samurider (Aug 11, 2015 at 23:53)
 Epic am trail. Unfortunately u need to make arrangements for making it back up from almog so y need some friends with apick up truck or lots of bike racks. Another option is to start from almog and then go back down.
  • + 1
flag ziv2102 TRAILFORKS (Aug 22, 2015 at 12:16)
 It's easy to arrange a shuttle taxi

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