3. Camel Trail
Camel Trail #1 is a Riyadh hiking trail located just over 30km from the city. In the distant past, the trail passing up and down the Tuwaiq Mountain was used by camel caravans to transport goods for trading. Nowadays, this trail attracts hikers who are keen to explore the old stone steps and walls and admire the rock formations and incredible views.
4. The Hidden Valley Trail
One of the most exciting trails for hiking in Riyadh, the Hidden Valley Trail is in Al Awsat, just over 84km from the capital. The trail through what’s also known as the Hidden Canyon takes you past shifting desert sands, impressive rocky cliffs, and running water that flows into a large pool in which you can swim. There also are areas in which you can cook in the open, do some fishing, and take stunning photos.
5. Heet Cave Trail
The Heet Cave is in the Al Jubail Mountain approximately 30km southeast of Riyadh and offers a truly magical experience to hikers. There are a few trails in the area, and the best of them will take you to the cave itself. Once you’ve arrived at the mouth of the cave, you’ll need to hike 390m over loose rock underground. As daunting as this may sound, the reward is worth it. You’ll be met with the sight of mesmerising limestone formations and an underground lake that’s regularly open for swimming.
For more popular spots in Riyadh to visit outside of the city, check out our guide to Desert Trips in Riyadh.