Time  6 hours 39 minutes

Coordinates 1390

Uploaded September 16, 2018

Recorded September 2018

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5,525 f
3,778 f
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2.9
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11.75 mi

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near Aïn Ourâj, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

The hike started at the gates of Shabrouh dam in Farayya and concluded at the Faqra cave. The trail is an easy trail but long; It is a combination of cow path, paved and dirt roads. We passed by apple groves that were loaded with fruits (apple harvest time is now) and we treated ourselves to the freshest apples possible (right off the tree).
The scenery, like the rest of Lebanon landscape, is breath taking. On this trail you get to view the sleepy towns of: Oyoun Siman, Faqra, Hrajil, Qahmez, Lasa, Qartaba, and Afqa.
The Afqa cave is a natural wonder; it is carved at the bottom of a high rocky cliff and it is a water supply for many towns (many pipes are installed inside it drawing water to the towns).
The weather was great as usual, the skies were overcast with nice breeze; Fog started to form at the top of the mountains towards the end of the hike.
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Wooden House

A beautiful picturesque house overlooking a rocky cliff and the town of Oyoun Siman
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Hrajil Cross

The area is the heartland of Maronite christianity. Part of their tradition is to have a cross put on the highest peak of the village land.
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Narrow Rocky Path

This is the path at the top of the rocky hill where the trail turns into a flat trail.
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Qahmez Cross

The area is the heartland of Maronite christianity. Part of their tradition is to have a cross put on the highest peak of every village land.
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Hadeed (steel) Spring

This spring is located about 15 meters deep inside the mountain. The freshest coldest water on this trail. Hikers/visitors stop to wash and refill their drinking bottles here. It is referred to as "steel" because it is so cold that you can't keep your hands in the water for more than 5 seconds.
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Aerial View of Lasa

This point gives you a breathtaking aerial view of the town of Lasa.
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Wild Pear Tree

This is where we had our lunch break. the trees bear fruits that are a source of food for bears; hence the name. It is also human edible when it is ripe.
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Lizzab (Juniperus Excelsa) Tree

Juniperus excelsa (Lizzab in Arabic) is an evergreen tree growing to 20 m. It grows at above A liquid is obtained from the fruit. The bark is used for roofing. Wood - moderately hard, close and even grained, fragrant, good quality. This is the only trail where I saw a true forest of Lizzab (near Afqa); usually I see trees scattered and dispersed.
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Afqa Village

A sleepy village within the district of Byblos (Jbeil). Beautiful houses and landscape. The village Afqa was featured (few decades ago) by the Ministry of Tourism of Lebanon via posters of old stone houses and dirt rooftops (all gone now). It contains the Afqa spring and cave - a natural wonder.
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Afqa Cave

This natural wonder is a cave located at the bottom of a high rocky cliff and contains a water spring that supplies drinking water to Afqa and neighboring villages. The way it is naturally carved is a prof that nature is the best of artists, humans or otherwise.

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