Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 22 – Ais to just before Dana (15 miles)

The village of Al-Ain Al-Beidah.

The village of Al-Ain Al-Beidah.

 

It was a moderately hard day because I had to climb down into Wadi Ma’tan an then back out of it. Going down I fell twice because it was so steep and rocky.

I passed right through the Ma’tan ruins. They were extensive but I have no idea about the history of them. No informational signs were posted and nothing about them in the Lonely Planet Guide. The locals use the best of the ruins to house their sheep and goats, so you can only imagine what the place smelled like.

Today’s walk through Wadi Ma’tan was spectacular. Kind of reminded me of a combination of Canyonlands and Zion National Parks. There were tall cliffs of eroded sandstone which, when the sun hit them, turned them into bright red, orange, and pink cliffs.

Wadi Matan

Wadi Ma’tan

 

Wadi Matan

Wadi Ma’tan

You can find all my journal entries from hiking the Jordan Trail here: Jordan Trail

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One Response to Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 22 – Ais to just before Dana (15 miles)

  1. Hadija March 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    One of my favourite camping spots was in Wadi Ma’tan – flat sandy track – listening to animal bells and the ‘athans,’ in stereo.

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