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Distance

5.17 mi

Elevation gain

1,437 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,437 ft

Max elevation

5,626 ft

Trailrank

71 5

Min elevation

4,903 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

3 hours 2 minutes

Time

4 hours 51 minutes

Coordinates

1430

Uploaded

February 25, 2021

Recorded

February 2021
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5,626 ft
4,903 ft
5.17 mi

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near Ouata el Hrâjlîyé, Mont-Liban (Lebanon)

A beautiful snowshoeing loop in Qehmez and Hrajel highlands. I parked just after Jabal moussa reserve (Qehmez entrance) bifurcation. Lot of snow after last week storm. I started my climb east. The ascent is moderate and i reached soon a beautiful white plateau. The way continues up and intersects with the LMT section 12 (Afqa-Hrajel). Following the LMT towards Hrajel, the trail goes up following a zigzag before reaching a smaller plateau. Look north and you will have a splendid view: Tellaj Ehmej, Namroud, Laklouk, Saydet el Qarn, jroud el Aqoura and Tannourine highlands.The descent to Nabeh El Qana in Hrajel highlands is wonderful. Lot of springs on your way from melting snow. Soon after Nabeh el Qana, i left the LMT and went west towards Hrajel highlands ponds, following several dirt road covered by snow. Another set of beautiful sceneries to the south: Mzaar, Faqra, Ouyoun el simane and Sannine far in the background. There is no trail here. The snow is covering the whole area. Enjoy taking the path that you want but try to reach the mountain pass i marked as a waypoint. The descent from here is easy and the loop is closed following snow covered dirt roads. This loop is definitely more beautiful (and more difficult) in winter but it is certainly nice in others seasons as well. It's a calm section and you will rarely find people hiking there. I highly recommend.
Waypoint

Starting point

Waypoint

Snowy road

Panorama

Panorama

Waypoint

Beautiful house

To your right
Waypoint

Beautiful plateau

Waypoint

Following trail in snow

Panorama

Panorama

Waypoint

LMT sign

Panorama

Mzaar summit far in the background

Waypoint

LMT trail in snow

Religious site

Religious site

Intersection

Go left

Waypoint

Following LMT signs

Panorama

Panorama

Fountain

Nabeh el Qana

Religious site

Religious site

Waypoint

Jurd Hrajel

Bridge

River crossing

Waypoint

Dirt road partially covered with snow

Intersection

Go right

Panorama

Panorama

Waypoint

Nice house

Waypoint

Going up

Mountain pass

Col

Intersection

Go left

Waypoint

Snowy trail

Lake

Beautiful pond

Lake

Another beautiful pond

3 comments

  • Photo of John Saad aka Hikerwanabe!

    John Saad aka Hikerwanabe! Mar 1, 2021

    I will try it next weekend !!
    Thanks for sharing beauty with such a passion Rami..
    Cheers

  • Photo of Rami Rachkidi

    Rami Rachkidi Mar 1, 2021

    Thank you John! Enjoy it! You will probably have a mix of snow and mud. Cheers

  • Photo of John Saad aka Hikerwanabe!

    John Saad aka Hikerwanabe! Mar 1, 2021

    Right after the current storm actually .. Snow and Mud .. Not a good idea :(

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