Development of the Jordan Trail
The Jordan Trail was a project that came about with the effort of many people that slowly but increasingly built up over a 20-year period. Our interest in the idea of the Jordan Trail came naturally from our outdoor pursuits. Our efforts on the Jordan Trail started with joining our friends Tony Howard and Diane Taylor, long time explorers and adventurers, in trying to join up all the pieces in the puzzle of trails crossing the country. We hired a young adventurer to work full time on the project from 2013 to 2015. Together with with other Jordanian and foreign hikers we would research on Google Earth and maps, and then drive around endlessly scouting Jordan for the best paths; before finally walking and GPS-ing routes.
Local communities often were invaluable in pointing out and showing old walking and shepherding trails, as well as in providing limitless qualities of sweet tea. Next was map making and incorporating all the information in a website. By 2015 the project was getting too big and needed to be formalized. We helped set up an association to continue the development of the Jordan Trail. Since its inception ,the Jordan Trail Association has become the focal point for, and taken the lead in, developing the Jordan Trail. We remain supportive and active in any way we can.
Currently, there are many sections that are very difficult to hike independently, due to various logistical challenges, such as transportation, accommodation, water & food. In the wider Experience Jordan team, we have all the local connections to provide a completely supported trip on any day or section of the trail.