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Israel National Trail Part 5- Mount Meron to Nahal Meron

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Israel National Trail Part 5- Mount Meron to Nahal Meron

Segment 5 – Mount Meron to Nahal Meron

Distance: 8 km

Water along the hike:
Meron campsite (Rashbi's grave)
Gas station at Meron junction (about 500 meters off of the trail)

Trail angels: Moshav Meron, Upper Nahal Amud

Campsite: Upper Nahal Amud


The previous segments of the hike took us uphill and downhill, but this portion is easier and mostly downhill. From the Pisga campsite, head west along the Israel Trail. You'll see blue trail markers alongside the Israel Trail markings. After passing through a small grove of trees, the landscape will become visible. A 400-meter hike up a moderate slope leads to a trail marked in green alongside the edge of the mountain ridge. Opposite the trail, you'll see the remnants of Beck – a Jewish agricultural village built in 1834 by Israel Beck, an immigrant from Ukraine and owner of the Hebrew press in Safed. The earthquake that hit the region in 1837 and the Druze revolts of 1838 made life in the village unsafe and Beck and his family moved to Jerusalem. The walnut trees on the mountain are 150 years old, and date back to that period.

Head back to the green trail and follow it until you reach a memorial for the Druze soldier named Qassem Tapash. Turn left several hundred meters past the memorial, and after about 300 meters, you'll pass by an ancient wine press carved into the stone. During the spring, you'll see salamanders in the collection pool.

Watch your step during this part of the hike, as deep pits were formed in the rocks in this area. This is a geological phenomenon that can form pits that are several dozen meters deep. The pit before you, for example, is 43 meters deep.

Continue to follow the trail towards Ein Zavad. In the winter, this walled pit is filled with rainwater and also attracts salamanders. After passing Ein Zavad, cross the trail with blue markers and continue through a small valley, amidst dense oak trees. On your left, you can see the houses in Meron. After walking for another 10 minutes, you'll see a protruding rock known as "Elijah's Chair". According to legend, Elijah the Prophet will appear at this site to redeem the Jewish people, sit on the rock and blow the shofar.

A short, steep descent leads to the ruins of Shema. Archeological digs at this site revealed an ancient, magnificent synagogue. Ancient archeological ruins were also found around the synagogue, including wine presses and ritual baths carved into the stone. Nearby the ruins of Shema is a mausoleum, an elaborate, two-story burial cave.

The Israel Trail follows the Nahal Meron river channel and leads to the Meron campsite, located on the west side of route 866.


Difficulty - EASY

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