This is a lovely blue (non-technical) 101-km piste route through the limestone karst and cedar forests of the Middle Atlas. Lots of opportunities for wild camping as most of the land is under the control of the government’s ‘Eau et Foret’ organisation.
Some of the route is within forested area which tends to dry slowly, so if it’s been raining recently (or snowing) the piste is likely to be muddy.
Photos below taken on a variety of trips at different times of the year.
km5: riding one-handed on ice to take this photo of two Italian guys I met in the Panorama Hotel in Azrou
km6: Barbary Apes on the edge of the cedar forest
filmed in July when the new babies are beginning to become independent
km7: riding across the moonscape plateau
km14: phosphates excavation is also a 'courting spot' for locals (being polite here)
km17: now on the piste, one of the several deep volcanic vents
Honda XR400 looks tiny on the other side of the vent
another year, another bike, this time a BMW F650GS twin
km26: I never tire of taking photos of the cedar forests
in winter time branches are laid down to provide traction, so keep a look out
km31: lovely limestone outcrop
...what could be easier?
...and more beautiful?
km35: I have another photo from three years earlier and the tree looks just the same
km37: junction with a well-graded piste
km42: start of a long descent
km48: yes, the ascent is as steep as it looks!
km47: each time I pass this village the river crossing has moved with floods
corrugated roofs like the Rif mountain villages, and thorn animal enclosure
km50: looking back on the 180-m ascent, lots of momentum required
km52: BMW R1200 GSA is ideal on these easy pistes
km53: the piste has since been widened
and after crossing the river, the piste traverses left across the cliff face...
km59: lovely beaten earth
km90: now on tarmac but brilliant scenery
km95: chance for some offroading in the bowl
km101: junction with the N13