This hike takes you from Ajloun Forest Reserve Visitor Center to Mar Elias, the ruins of
one of Jordan;s oldest churches. It is named for the Prophet Elias, or Elijah, to whom
Mar Elias is dedicated. The trail leads through fig and pear orchards, amongst forests of
oak and oriental strawberry trees. The stone walls that crisscross the valley guard the
farmers; crops inside from both the winter rains and wild boar. Relax in the shade with a
glass of tea before climbing to the hilltop ruins, which provide sweeping views of the
surrounding area. The hike also includes a locally prepared picnic lunch near the ruins.