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Distance

3.06 mi

Elevation gain

643 ft

Technical difficulty

Easy

Elevation loss

643 ft

Max elevation

1,681 ft

Trailrank

42 4.1

Min elevation

1,217 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

2 hours 11 minutes

Time

3 hours 46 minutes

Coordinates

1677

Uploaded

July 1, 2020

Recorded

June 2020
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1,681 ft
1,217 ft
3.06 mi

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near Qimah, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

UPDATE: One of the hikers tried going on this trail in May 2021, but their car was stopped by border patrol at the water plant and asked to go back. There is a chance that this trail is no longer accessible. If anyone had recent experience going on this hike, please leave a comment.

MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE GUIDE TO THIS HIKE FOLLOWING THE LINK BELLOW TO MY BLOG POST (click View More at the end of the description)!
Many of you probably heard or have been to popular Hatta Dam but how many fo you knew about this awesome trail next to the Dam? In June we took this short easy trail and got totally blown away by the scenery. Check my blog post www.theroadreel.com/hatta-secret-canyon-hike-uae/ for what to expect.
We hiked from 4pm, therefore, temperature was just perfect. You can extend this hike further but we stopped for photography and it got late to cobtinue-next time will aim for a longer trail. This time we only did 5km round trip but that was perfect for the hot summer weather.
The only tough part is a short hike up the rocky hill. From there you will be surprised with the cracked terrain in the valley. It lools like a maze with the dry deep river bed snaking around the valley.
For those who are looking for a reasonable summer hike-this is perfect option.

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Start- mineral water plant

Park your car next to this mineral water plant.
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Wadi hike

For around 1 km continue hiking in the wadi
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Keep right when trail splits into two.

You will reach a spot where road splita in two, keep going right up.
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Small valley along the way

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Spartan race track

This trail is part of previous spartan race track, therefore it is easy to navigate your way
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Up the hill

This is the only tough part of this hike which is still easy to accomplish. Hike up 100 meters, watch for loose rocks, take care when climbing down on your way back, especially in the dark.
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Valley after climbing up

This is amazing maze like view that opens up after that short climb uo the hill.
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Valley trails

Follow spartan trails to find your way around this cracked earth.
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In the dry river bed

Aometimes the path crosses those deep drops that lools like dry rived bed
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More spartan signs

More spartan signs that help you navigate around easily

16 comments

  • jovica.pavlovic Jul 30, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Beautiful trail

  • Photo of Ausra Osi

    Ausra Osi Jul 30, 2020

    It is indeed:) ❤

  • Deepa Vaswani Oct 15, 2020

    Would this be a good one to do in the morning? Also is the path marked and guided?

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    Ausra Osi Oct 15, 2020

    @Deepa Vaswani, yes you can do it in the morning. Path is not as clear as for example in Al Rabi. It is not properly marked. But if you download my wikiloc map (on the app on mobile), it's easy to follow.

  • miangola_1 Oct 27, 2020

    Can I drive further in into the trail and is there somewhere to camp along this trail?

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    Ausra Osi Oct 27, 2020

    Hi @miangola_1 You can drive through with 4x4 car but not too far, probably another 500meters or so if you want to do this trail. For camping, we were thinking to camp someday in the valley, where all this cracked land is. Check my blog post at theroadreel.com (linked here as well, if you are viewing via computer), you might find some useful info.

  • Photo of Edeedman

    Edeedman Nov 8, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Awesome trail minus the countless amount of unfinished water bottles a on and around the trail. I ended up next to a very deep canyon which was used by some water trucks and turned around as the sun was getting high. Mind you there is no signal in that valley so if you fuck up you are on your own. I'll wait for colder days and push further down that canyon see where it leads.
    For info the climb can be difficult for the unfit club and you definitely need loads of water and proper shoes. And pick up others trash too ...

  • Photo of Sophie Carruthers

    Sophie Carruthers Nov 27, 2020

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    This was a nice climb. We actually found the posted trail half way up. Amazing views at the top. We took our dog and she managed it fine, we only go to the top and turned around so took an hour. Next time we will try the full trail.

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    Shanz Dec 13, 2020

    Been to this place we went way past the area you stopped they are building something so took the cut road to construction site

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    Shanz Dec 13, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Easy trial when you are getting up notice signboard to yout right and that is where spartan race sign starts, we took all the way to road down loading to cosntruction site

  • idarzk Mar 30, 2021

    Hello 🌞 do you think kids can do this trail? our kids are quite fit, but they have short arms so not able to climb much

    thank you

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    Ausra Osi Mar 30, 2021

    Hey there :) Yes kids can go, you don't have to climb anywhere high, it is just uphill :)

  • idarzk Mar 30, 2021

    thank you Ausra for your advice! :)

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    Jeroen IJntema 1 Apr 5, 2021

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Great hike

  • Christineleemans May 21, 2021

    This trail isn't accessible anymore unfortunately! We were stopped by border patrol/army at the starting point near the Al Jeema water factory. We had to show Emirates ID and the car was checked. Not a great experience.

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    Ausra Osi May 22, 2021

    Christine, thank you for your comment. It is a shame you had this experience. And sad if they closed the trail. But considering that Oman border is just behind the mountain, it may have been just bad luck, or they maybe really stopped people from exploring that area. I have heard stories about hikers being stopped and checked in different areas around the emirates. I will update the post.

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