6 miles
Distance
446 ft
Climb
-1,519 ft
Descent
01:06:35
Avg time

Sugar Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • AKA
    דרך הסוכר
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    from Oct-Apr
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Skinny, Wallride
  • Global Ranking
    #3078 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2014

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!

More Stats for Sugar Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,073 ft
  • Altitude min
    -769 ft
  • Altitude max
    465 ft
  • Altitude start
    304 ft
  • Altitude end
    -769 ft
  • Grade
    -3.509%
  • Grade max
    -25.824%
  • Grade min
    15.556%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,277 ft
  • Avg time
    01:06:35
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:38
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Status:
on Mar 15, 2019
Dry
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to sugar-trail-17133 trailhead (31.784180, 35.376190)

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 12 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 174 rides
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      Photos

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      190 |
      Jan 16, 2016 @ 12:11pm
      Jan 16, 2016
      658 |
      Dec 17, 2014 @ 11:03pm
      Dec 17, 2014
      | 2 comments
      217 |
      Nov 18, 2014 @ 12:24pm
      Nov 18, 2014
      437 |
      Oct 27, 2014 @ 3:28am
      Oct 27, 2014
      | 1 comments

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Long Sugar
      17 miles

      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag ziv2102 TRAILFORKS (Aug 22, 2015 at 12:16)
       It's easy to arrange a shuttle taxi
      [Reply]

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