The Quarry ride

Trail difficulty: advanced This is an advanced trail

Ability rating: C3 (but can vary according to the many possible variations of the ride)

Trail head: The Wadi Degla Maadi gate

Ride length: 17-30 KM (2-3.5 hours)

GPS/Google Earth file: coming soon

Description: This ride starts off with the  short steep climb up the south shoulder from the wadi’s Maadi-side entrance, then a 2.5 KM steady climb on the south plateau’s jeep trail. Instead of staying on the jeep trail, make a right at the fork at  lat=29.9470895781, lon=31.3459050616. Keep riding to the southeast for about 350 meters until you get to a singletrack descent (at lat=29.9445055291, lon=31.3479039552). This is a fast, fun descent but watch out for the loose gravel/rock on which your tires could easily wash out.  A very short and steep descent at (At lat=29.943239328, lon=31.3448893734) puts you on an east-west running wadi and start riding east for about 360 meters and exit the wadi southbound at (at lat=29.9429330602, lon=31.3484151379). Continue riding south for approx 440 meters, until you get to a difficult climb (at lat=29.9393442154, lon=31.3490154256).

The real fun starts at  lat=29.9384672837, lon=31.35071652 , where the next 8 km are all cliff-side serpentine technical singletrack zigzagging westwards south of the limestone quarries. Great view of the quarries, the wadi and Cairo’s skyline. On a clear day you’ll be able to see the shiiolutette of Pyramids in the distance!

You’ll eventually get to an asphalt road ( lat=29.9366354936, lon=31.3240145445), ride on that road go offroad again at lat=29.9360692371, lon=31.3238320302 (the re-entry point should be well-marked). continuing south for about 180 M, then looping back on another zigzag ride (some of those switchbacks are tricky! watch out for the loose, rocky ground). It is best to maintain steady, controlled momentum along the slim cliffside trail.

You ride the singletrack again to the short steep ridge descent that puts you on the Corporate loop. From there, you have options: You can call it a day and head back to the gate via the jeep trail (at this point it;s about 9 or 10 KM), you can continue riding the short or full corporate loops (approx 17 & 29 km, respectively), or other advanced routes to the east.

I consider this one of the funnest rides in the Wadi. Lot’s of technical ridge terrain, knee-busting climbs and fast descents with a few jumps and low drop-offs.

MTB Egypt's trail & ride difficulty rating system

The system is intended to give riders an accurate guide on the difficulty and skill level required for riding the various known trails listed on this website. For trails we use icon designations, for rides we use a dual rating system.

Trail difficulty rating icons:

General Trail Difficulty rating icons:

easy Easy/Beginner

intermediate Intermediate

advanced Advanced

expert Epic/Expert

Ability rating system:

While the above trail rating icons might give you a quick idea about the difficulty level of a given trail/route, we make use of a more detailed system of rating riding difficulty based on two criteria:

1) Physical fitness/endurance level (1-4)

A Basic fitness: Can ride flat or semi-flat terrain at moderate pace for 1-2 hours

B Intermediate fitness: Can ride elevated/hilly terrain at steady pace for 3+ hours. Able to ride more demanding terrain for shorter periods of time.

C Advanced fitness: Higher than average endurance level. Can ride technical/demanding terrain at faster pace for 3+ hours.

D Competition-level fitness: Excellent endurance and stamina. Can ride at demanding pace for 4+ hours.

2) Riding skill level (A-D)

1 No prior mountain biking experience but able to ride a bike comfortable. Can cycle on smooth/flat light sand/gravel trails

2 Can ride moderately technical terrain, such as short climbs and gentle descents. Has good bike control on loose terrain.

3 Good riding skills. Able to ride comfortably on any terrain, including long steep climbs and fast descents, rock gardens, etc.

4 Advanced riding skills: Expert bike handling and maneuvering skills. Able to comfortable ride very technical sections such as drop-offs, sharp switchbacks, very steep climbs and descents.

Example: A trail marked as B3 means that the ride requires an average fitness level (e.g. short ride, long elevation profile, etc) but an excellent skill level (lots of dangerous technical sections requiring superior bike control and confidence)

(Also see MTB Egypt group ride guidelines )

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