The Baljurashi-Mekhwa road is a very scenic drive in the heart of the Al Bahah Region, in south-western Saudi Arabia.
The road, known as Route 3707, is asphalted but very steep. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. The road climbs up to Baljurashi or Biljurashi, a city at 2.049m above the sea level. It’s known as ‘Hell road’. Drive at moderate speed. You’re not on a race.
The drive is 32.5 km long. The best time for a visit is from mid-August till the end of September. Always check your brakes and tires for safety. Ideal time to travel is daylight.
It’s a high mountain road. Starting from Mekhwa, at 383m, the ascent is 32.5km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.666 meters. The average gradient is 5.12%, with sections up to 10%. Not adviced night drive as there are no lamp posts. Going downhill always shift to low gears and never relay on just brakes. This will keep you safe on the road.
Pic&video: Kalikavu KKv