Great ride into the Carmel Forest from a new direction -- west. This ride offers a leisurely, but at times difficult, climb from the Limor Forest surrounding a Crusader Karta ruin (Le Destroit) near the ancient town of Atlit, tours the village of Daliyat el-Carmel and then descends the famous (and technical) Mt. Shokef singletrack. There are a few hike-a-bike segments on the way up and one most difficult one toward the end. DIRECTIONS: Exit Highway 2 at the Atlit junction, turn LEFT and then LEFT again parking in the lot just past the gas station on the RIGHT.
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04/16/21 Perfect day for riding with 9. Took a western approach to climbing up to Mt. Shokef via the village of Dalia. A fair amount of hike-a-bike was encountered on the initial climb as it is now overgrown with thorns. Returned via the Bet Oren road back to base.