Wadi Shawka is one of the most popular hiking destination in UAE. This hike is mainly known for its pools accross the trail called as shawka pools.
The reason i call it as an exploration hike coz this trail offer us all in one experience throghout the hike which includes off-roading, dip in the pools, scrambling, greenery & mountains.
From its starting point, one can also do an off road drive trough flat rocks until reaching the first pool (SUV recommended for this).
This hike is categorized as easy or beginer level so any one can do it. Pools are not deeper so beginers hikers can walk through it or one can do scrambling part beside the pools to cross over it. When pools are left behind, we will come accross a valley where huge mountains are walled on its both sides. This view is very picturesque and mind soothing. Moving further in this valley, we will come across its greenery part, where there are Palm trees and bushes. From this point, the trial divides into two valley, one on right hand side and other going straight. People with an hiking experience and love to scramble can move the right direction. And beginers can walk straight the valley. There is no full loop for this trail. One need to turnback the same route. So know your pace and turnback whenever you feel to.
I took the right hand route where we moved further and turned back. I recommend hiking at least till the green oasis part to experience it in full.
Total distance covered - 9 KM
Time taken - 3.30 hours.
* Carry minimum 2 liters of water, energy bars etc.
* Be cautious while walking in the pools as some parts are slippery.
* Hiking shoes recommended.
* shawka trail stariting point is available on google and easily accessible.
* Family friendly picnic spot.
Do Not Leave Trash Behind.
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