The Wadi Degla is a scenic canyon located 20 km southeast of Cairo, and a terrific place for a trail run. This Natural Protectorate is often referred to as the ‘Grand Canyon of Egypt’. Wadi is the Arabic term for canyon or valley. The trail itself is along the valley canyon floor, on a surface that can be rocky and sandy. There are beautiful views of the canyon rocks, two dams, and desert plants & wildlife. It’s a modest incline as you run into the canyon, climbing 140m over 11.6 km. The path is easy to follow — go as far as you like until you reach the end of the canyon! Our thanks to YALLARUN for suggesting this route! Contact [email protected] with any questions.
There are other trails for hiking, mountain biking, and more challenging trail running at Wai Degla.
Notes: There are restrooms at the gate. The trail is exposed, so bring water. Also, it’s not suggested to run there within 2 days of a rain. There is an entrance fee of ~$1 per person. Hours are 7am-6pm. Cell phone service might be spotty.
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