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Best Hiking Trails in Morocco

Overview

Morocco is a kingdom in the northwest of the African continent that has some world class hiking, particularly in the Atlas Mountains.  There are four main areas to mountain hike in Morocco: the High Atlas range, containing the popular Toubkal National Park, draws the most visitors, but the Middle Atlas, Anti-Atlas and Rif ranges are worth exploring and have plenty of hiking trails and guides available.  The best time to hike in Morocco depends on the area; generally summer is too hot in many regions except for the highest peaks in the High Atlas.  Read below for more information on when to hike in Morocco and where to hike near some of Morocco’s best known cities, towns and villages, including Marrakesh and Fes.

Capital: Rabat

NOTE: In September 2023, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit regions in the High Atlas mountains, near Marrakesh, killing thousands and devastating entire villages.

When To Hike in Morocco?

Year Round: In the High Atlas, the summer months are ideal but in the lower altitude ranges, the spring, fall and winter months are best
Varies
Varies: Summer months too hot in the lower altitudes; winter months too cold in the higher altitudes

Climate: Much of Morocco has a Mediterranean climate (hot, dry summers and cool, rainy in winter) and in the south, arid climate (dry, hot). 

 

Morocco Monthly Weather

 

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: While there are many established trails in the well known hiking areas, it is probably best to go with a guide.

Transportation required: Car; 4WD in many places

Where to stay in Morocco:

  • Rif Mountains – Chefchaouen
  • High Atlas – Imlil
  • Anti-Atlas – Tafraoute
  • Middle Atlas –  Ifrane

Top Places to Hike in Morocco

The main areas for hiking are in the High Atlas, Middle Atlas, Anti-Atlas Mountains, and Rif Mountains. Most tourists will flock to the High Atlas region, particularly Toubkal area. The highest peak is Jebel Toubkal (4167 m), in the High Atlas Mountains

Filter out hiking places of Morocco by month

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Anti-Atlas Mountains

  • Oct – Apr
  • South of the High Atlas mountains, one of the least visited ranges in Morocco
  • Tafraoute is a good base for hiking here, as well as Taliouine and Taroudannt
  • AmeIn Valley
  • Jebel Sagro is a range, continuation of Anti-Atlas: can only access on foot mostly; three trekking areas: Kelaa Mgouna and Boumalne du Dades on the north side of the range and the southern village of N’Kob

Rif Mountains

  • Sept – June
  • Mountain range running parallel to coast in the northern part of country; rainiest part of the country
  • Chefchaouen is a good base for hiking in these mountains
  • Talassemtane National Park
  • Al-Hoceima National Park

Middle Atlas

  • March – May; Sept – Oct
  • The most northern and lower altitude portion of the Atlas mountains to the north of the High Atlas
  • Tazekka National Park – Jebel Tazekka
  • Ifrane National Park – a popular place

High Atlas

  • The highest range, most popular.  Summer months are best for the higher altitudes, otherwise March – Nov
  • Toubkal National Park – home of Mt Toubkal, tallest peak (4167 m)
  • Aït Bou Guemez Valley – home of Ighil Mgoun
  • Adrar Mqorn & Around
  • Jebel Aklim

Morocco's Long Distance Trails

Many of the hikes in Morocco are multi-day treks:

  • Toubkal Circuit
  • M’Goun Traverse
  • Jebel Sirwa
  • Many others

Morocco's Walking & Hiking Resources

Morocco Hiking Books: 

  • Moroccan Atlas: The Trekking Guide, 2014, by Alan Palmer, Trailblazer Publications
  • The High Atlas: Treks and Climbs on Morocco’s Biggest and Best Mountains, by Hamish Brown, 2013, Cicerone Guide
  • Walks and Scrambles in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas, Tafraout, Jebel El Kest, Ait Mansour, Ameln Valley, Taskra and Tanalt, Cicerone Guide, by David Wood, 2018, Cicerone Press
  • Hiking and Walking Guide to Ifrane and the Middle Atlas, by Michael Peyron & Eric Ross, 2013, Al Akhawayan University Press
  • The Atlas Mountains: A Walking and Trekking Guide, Cicerone Guide, by Karl Smith, 2004, Cicerone Press
  • Lonely Planet Morocco, by Lonely Planet, 2020, Lonely Planet Global Limited

 

Best Hiking Trails in Morocco:

  • Monkey Trail (3M Squared Loop Trail)
  • Tizi Mzzik
  • Imlil Cascades
  • Jebel Sirwa
  • Jebel El Kest
  • Jebel Aklim
  • Toubkal Circuit
  • M’Goun Traverse

Easy Hiking Trails in Morocco:

  • Painted Rocks
  • Paradise Valley

 

Morocco Hiking Websites:

 

Morocco Weather Website:

 

Morocco Official Tourism Site:  

 

Morocco Hiking Apps: 

 

Morocco Hiking Maps: 

  • Piolet Mapas – Toubkal, Top Moroccan Atlas – hiking map of the region
  • National Geographic – Adventure Travel Map Morocco – road map of the country; #3203

What Else To Do

  • Berber culture
  • Hasan II Mosque
  • Sand dunes/desert activities
  • Hammam

Other Important Points

  • Should have a Berber guide for many hikes
  • There are often varied spellings of names of places, mountains
  • Be careful about a planning a hike during Ramadan – guides may not want to work, stuff will be closed.