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near El Moukhtâra, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)
The spring weather makes it perfect to hike this trail. The weather was foggy and light drizzle early in the morning but later turned into blue clear skies interspersed by white clouds. The river and water falls were at their optimal flow due to the extra rain/snow fall this year.
The hike started from the Virgin Mary church in Mokhtara and went down along the Barouk river all the way to Haret Jandal and back. The trail has breathtaking scenery as well as an assembly of water mills, Roman, and Ottoman bridges. at the end of the trail, we passed by the Bride's pond (birkit al arous in Arabic). All in all the scenery was exceptional.
The trail is a long and challenging trail; especially at this time because of the grown weeds along the trail. The great thing is we enciuntered the municipality workers who were clearing the trail from weeds and preparing it for the hiking season.
Do recommend the trail for those who are fit.
I rated this trail as difficult because of the overgrown bushes along the path which were impeding our movement.
Ottoman bridges are usually less fancy than Roman bridges and made with smaller stones. The top of the bridge is not as smooth also.
This cave has a metal door; I couldn't think of any use for it except, maybe, a shelter.
Lebanon used to have many water mills built close to rivers to grind all kinds of grains. This one is among few that is still in good shape and will be renovated by the Mokhtara municipality.
Looking East, you can view it. It is a high cliff that could be reached via the Roman stairs (another hike)
You go through the metal gate to continue with the hike.
You need to cross a wooden hanging bridge to continue the trail.
The trail passes behind the waterfall.
A beautiful set of waterfalls and ponds. A great landmark to end the hike with.