The Prophet's Trail

  • Toward tthe Jordan valley - by William Mackesy
  • Forest and Farmland - by William Mackesy
  • From Mar Elias - by William Mackesy
  • From the Prophet's Trail - by William Mackesy
  • From the Prophet's Trail 2 - by William Mackesy
  • Mar Elias Basilica - by William Mackesy
  • Mar Elias Church - by William Mackesy
  • Mar Elias in the distance - by William Mackesy
  • Prophet's Trail flora - by William Mackesy
  • Prophet's Trail flora 2 - by William Mackesy
  • The Prophet's Trail - by William Mackesy
  • The Prophet's Trail 2 - by William Mackesy

Key information: The Prophet's Trail

    A delightful walk which meanders through highland forest harboring interesting wildlife and local traditional farmland (olive and vines, orchards and some crops) to the ruins of two Byzantine churches on a hill above the village where Elijah is said to have been born. Excellent views across the Jordan valley some 1,000ft below.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating82
  • Beauty28
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating82

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 8 or 17km
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,200m
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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© Forest and Farmland - by William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

The Ajloun Highlands are refreshingly cool (well, everything is relative) compared to furnaces of Petra and Wadi Rum. The Ajloun Woodland Reserve was set up in 1988 to protect some fine forests, and is also a reserve for roe dear, wild boar, jackals, hyenas and wolves. 

 

The Prophets Trail is a gem of a walk, scoring high on the Delightful Experience Index. Starting at the reserves visitor centre, it drops through olive and vine groves, then apple orchards, into a fine forest of deciduous and evergreen oak, beautiful-barked strawberry trees, with glades of local sage and wild roses (when we were there in mid May), emerging into the groves and fields of the Melina Valley. Turning left (good rest-spot on a shady bank with views back up the valley), follow another lovely wooded valley up to a slightly disappointing section of road.

 

You then circle round above a ravine, through fine open woodland with views of the hillock that is Mar Elias (a major hill from the Jordan valley side), to your destination, where Elijah was said to have been born and where the ruins of two Byzantine churches have been excavated. It is a delight to sit under the deep shade and contemplate the vast view across the Jordan Valley towards the West Bank and Israel.

 

This is an 8 km walk, which takes approaching 4 leisurely hours (including stops and discussions with your guide (ours, was very nice, in his mid 20s). A guide is compulsory and helpful, as the trail frequently veers off onto the faintest of animal tracks.

 

From Mar Elias you can walk another 9 km (4hrs) to the dramatic Ajloun Castle on its crag above Ajloun town. From Mar Elias, the route looked lovely, but time did not allow and Walkopedia had to scurry away.

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