Ofer Forest: Ridge Line Loop

Great pedaling in the Carmel Sea Active Recreation Park.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
20 km
Ascent
561 m
Descent
561 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
27 m
High Point
181 m
Gradient
Ofer Forest: Ridge Line Loop Map

Ofer Forest is located in the heart of the Carmel mountain range, and recently, the Carmel Sea Active Recreation Park was dedicated here. Thanks to the designated recreation park, you'll find four marked bike routes in the forest, along with additional cross trails that offer different ride combinations. Riders familiar with the area will be able to construct much more complicated and advanced routes than this one, but for riders who are new to Ofer Forest, this recommended loop on the Ridge Line Trail is a great way to get acquainted with the area.

Description

The Ridge Line trail is a cross-country ride that follows mostly smooth singletrack around the forest. Occasional sections of dirt road are used to connect the singletrack, but then it's back onto flowy, narrow trails. This ride is a non-technical romp through the forest that most beginners and intermediate riders will enjoy. Even though the trails are non-technical, this is an aerobic ride with 561 meters of climbing along this 20.5-kilometer ride.

"Along the route, there are varied scenic views and narrow forest paths that pass through groves of cypress trees, pines and shrubs," according to KKL-JNF.org. You'll also discover some intriguing archeological sites along the way. You also might "see wildlife such as deer, fox, songbirds, mongoose, and jackals."

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Flow
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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