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The Best Hiking Trails in Dārah, Raʼs al Khaymah (United Arab Emirates)

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Photo of Wadi Shawka loop 9k Photo of The two Shawka wadi’s loop and jobless valley Photo of Wadi Shawka alternative
  • Wadi Shawka loop 9k

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    Distance
    5.61mi
    Elevation +
    722f
    TrailRank
    65| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Wadi Shawka loop 9k Photo of Wadi Shawka loop 9k Photo of Wadi Shawka loop 9k

    A challenging route that involves following the Wadi, going up steep gorge leading to a summit with panoramic views, descent to another wadi (scree slope) and rejoining the starting point. Some of the narrow winding sect...

    Well laid out path, impossible to lose the trail. I would only suggest going in reverse, as you would end up at the pool...
    amplituded
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  • Distance
    4.24mi
    Elevation +
    276f
    TrailRank
    64| Rating 4.73
    Photo of The two Shawka wadi’s loop and jobless valley Photo of The two Shawka wadi’s loop and jobless valley Photo of The two Shawka wadi’s loop and jobless valley

    Enter the Wadi branch just North of the Shawka Pools wadi and follow it as it snakes it way in parallel with the Shawka pools wadi. Possibility for a ridge climb detour to view the pools wadi from the top. Take a side br...

    Great trail! Did in January, lots of pools, frogs, dragonflies
    Grietje Caels
    This is one of the most beautiful trails in the UAE, especially in the winter season after a rainfall. Be extra careful ...
    Rabih Eltair
    thanks - nice easy hike, with some inclines and steeper descents but very manageable.
    voltabp
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  • Wadi Shawka alternative

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    Distance
    8.05mi
    Elevation +
    827f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo of Wadi Shawka alternative Photo of Wadi Shawka alternative Photo of Wadi Shawka alternative

    Popular destination within 1h drive from Dubai, lots of easy hikes. We chose less crowded option, on way in crossing the mountains and following wadi on the way back. Easy trail but keep in mind Shawka area is full of l...

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  • Falcon Ridge

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    Distance
    4.61mi
    Elevation +
    1070f
    TrailRank
    51| Rating 4.67
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    Another great trail lead by the excellent guys at UAE Trekkers. This trail requires a 4x4 or similar to access the start point, or you can hike a few KM from a nearby parking spot. The trail itself starts with a steady c...

    Great varied hike not too hard and lots of views. So nice to have all the trails maintained.
    Cylkejudge
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  • Wadi showka pools

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    Distance
    3.13mi
    Elevation +
    174f
    TrailRank
    51| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Wadi showka pools Photo of Wadi showka pools Photo of Wadi showka pools

    A lovely walk through the pools of showka. Wikiloc automatically made it moderate, i would more call it easy but because at some points you have no choice but to wade through the pools I kept it at moderate. This was aft...

    4 x 4 is needed to get to trail start. Really nice scrambley walk with kids & dog. Some climbing over steeper rocks need...
    karenkey
    A bit less water five weeks on from the rain but still lovely. Thanks for sharing.
    diana froyland
    Thanks for sharing
    elton fernandes7
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  • Wadi Showka and Rock Pools

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    Distance
    4.80mi
    Elevation +
    308f
    TrailRank
    46| Rating 3.5
    Photo of Wadi Showka and Rock Pools Photo of Wadi Showka and Rock Pools Photo of Wadi Showka and Rock Pools

    It's been an absolutely incredible trip, one of those who keep in your heart as a treasured memory. One of those that inspire you to come again. The wadi is lush and green, hilly and rugged... Its a recommended trail ...

    Tried to reach the trailhead on a sedan using default Google maps. Got stuck in the soft soil twice and the ride was so ...
    Zanfer
    I followed the driving path using a Jeep Wrangler & thought the path was way too bumpy & rocky. However the starting poi...
    ii.almarri
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  • Distance
    4.52mi
    Elevation +
    295f
    TrailRank
    44| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Wadi Showka loop ending with Showka Pool Photo of Wadi Showka loop ending with Showka Pool Photo of Wadi Showka loop ending with Showka Pool

    Route start and end at Emirates Adventure Camp. Generally easy for all physically fit person, lots of loose stone so hike shoe would help. Showka pool at last, if you don’t want get wet, there is alternate route on the...

    Very easy to follow. But the point to go by car and park is not right
    chrysteledumont
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  • WADI SHOWKA

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    Distance
    6.35mi
    Elevation +
    390f
    TrailRank
    42| Rating 4.78

    Better to park the car at the biginning of the trail. if it has been raining before, you would have a lot of water with multiple pools to go through, avoid electronic devices. Count 5 hours to do it. Prepare spare clothe...

    Nice hike. We were a group of 4 people and it took us 4 hrs (breaks included)
    JSIP
    Awesome track. Just one point where it gose up. Missed it and used a bit challenging track to GRT back on track. But it ...
    arminmahdi
    Downloaded the GPX file and went today. Started at Showka dam just before dawn and back to the car by 1pm, including 2 s...
    Muzla2
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  • Wadi Showka for family

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    Distance
    6.41mi
    Elevation +
    423f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Wadi Showka for family Photo of Wadi Showka for family Photo of Wadi Showka for family

    Easy hike for the entire family. Mostly in a wadi with a lot of shade. A few pools at the start that can be avoided easily if needed. Download the map at home, the place is totally offline.

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  • Wadi Shawka - FJR - UAE

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    Distance
    5.11mi
    Elevation +
    358f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Wadi Shawka - FJR - UAE Photo of Wadi Shawka - FJR - UAE Photo of Wadi Shawka - FJR - UAE

    My fav track of Shawka until now. Rated it Moderate 4 slightly uphill at 4.5km & walking on top. some might feel uncomfortable. but over all, really easy track. 2LT Water if its not summer is enough comfortable shoe ...

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  • Falcon Ridge/Shawkha Dam Loop

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    Distance
    5.15mi
    Elevation +
    1132f
    TrailRank
    38
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    A long loop starting in the wadi, a steep climb to start, across a few ridges then looping round and down the other side of the dam. Returns back past the dam and along the valley floor.

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  • Shawka Pools Hike - Zanfer

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    Distance
    5.88mi
    Elevation +
    367f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Shawka Pools Hike - Zanfer Photo of Shawka Pools Hike - Zanfer Photo of Shawka Pools Hike - Zanfer

    This hike starts closer to Emirates Adventure center/ Shawka inner Park. There are no marked trails available, mostly you would be following the wadi and some trails made by camels. If you try to navigate to the Trailhea...

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  • Wadi Shawka Pools

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    Distance
    4.02mi
    Elevation +
    259f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Wadi Shawka Pools Photo of Wadi Shawka Pools Photo of Wadi Shawka Pools

    Quite peaceful hike and available within 1 hour from Dubai. Relatively easy hike physically. Pools area would require some scrambling at the beginning, which add even more fun. Most of the pools are dry during normal se...

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  • Wadi shoukah hike

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    Distance
    4.87mi
    Elevation +
    299f
    TrailRank
    37
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    Most beautiful hike we did although had been through same hike several times before because of the beautiful weather conditions was raining & wadi was running like real river beside several water falls we went through ha...

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  • Shawka steps, pools and dam

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    Distance
    5.00mi
    Elevation +
    236f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Shawka steps, pools and dam Photo of Shawka steps, pools and dam Photo of Shawka steps, pools and dam

    Shawka steps, pools and dam The trail actually starts by going up the 750 steps, but I only tracked from the top of the steps. Head to red end point first and that is a car park. You leave the car park up the hill you d...

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  • Wadi shawka water pools

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    Distance
    5.70mi
    Elevation +
    361f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Wadi shawka water pools Photo of Wadi shawka water pools Photo of Wadi shawka water pools

    Leads you to some of the most beautiful parts of the wadi with pools and lot's of shade. You can even have a dip in the water.

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  • 3 Hour Shawka Wadi Loop.

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    Distance
    3.95mi
    Elevation +
    246f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of 3 Hour Shawka Wadi Loop. Photo of 3 Hour Shawka Wadi Loop. Photo of 3 Hour Shawka Wadi Loop.

    Great Detours, pools available year round, frogs, colorful birds, plants, shrubs and stunning vistas. Recommend 3 hours of hiking time, 4 if you want to take detours (which I highly recommend)

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  • Distance
    3.96mi
    Elevation +
    364f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Shawka natural pool (alternative route Photo of Shawka natural pool (alternative route Photo of Shawka natural pool (alternative route

    We hiked with our dog and she’s not a swimmer. This route avoided the pools and steep hills.. I was 5 months pregnant doing this hike .. you can follow our small detour to see the pools.. we quite enjoyed the hike, you g...

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  • Wadi Showka pools

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    Distance
    4.44mi
    Elevation +
    167f
    TrailRank
    34
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    Fun hike with the kids, bring a change of shoes/clothes for the drive home, you will get wet! I graded it “moderate” as there is no path and you do have to climb in and out of the rock pools, but it’s not difficult to...

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  • Showka Pools

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    Distance
    3.43mi
    Elevation +
    79f
    TrailRank
    34| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Showka Pools Photo of Showka Pools Photo of Showka Pools

    Easy/moderate. Good for begginers. Easy to navigate without maps. Trail starts from the big stairs behind the dam which is the most challenging part. After that's done, trail becomes easy. There are two ways back, we too...

    Pretty easy but this app is not entirely accurate
    aiqbal11
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  • Falcon Ridge (shorter loop)

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    Distance
    3.11mi
    Elevation +
    581f
    TrailRank
    34
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    This ‘reverse lollipop’ starts off in a dry wadi and climbs towards Shawka Dam. Giving lovely views of the surrounding mountains and the dam, it’s then a turnaround and you can either retrace your steps completely, take ...

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  • Wadi Showka

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    Distance
    5.90mi
    Elevation +
    591f
    TrailRank
    33| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Wadi Showka Photo of Wadi Showka Photo of Wadi Showka

    Moderate hike with some climbing. No need for ropes just exercise caution when going towards the saddles

    Great trail and would've been difficult to follow without the map provided. Got a little off trail 3/4 of the way throug...
    AntMir
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  • Shawka Loop

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    Distance
    5.55mi
    Elevation +
    489f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Shawka Loop Photo of Shawka Loop Photo of Shawka Loop

    Shawka has several trails between the mountains. We chose this loop. Mostly it is easy but there are some steep spots up and down hill with loose rocks which are slippery. The views are really nice and the weather was ...

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  • Wadi Shawka - RAK - UAE

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    Distance
    3.98mi
    Elevation +
    262f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Wadi Shawka - RAK - UAE Photo of Wadi Shawka - RAK - UAE

    Easy Hike, but some parts the mountain divides, wherever you go, it should be easy way back, 2LT water, any shoe, no sandal you can walk in water in rainy days. week after rain you can swim leave nothing but footpri...

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