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E.D.T - ROUTE 5: From Wadi Shchoret Campsite to Mount Yehoram Campsite

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Eilat Desert Trail
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13 ק"מ

ROUTE 5:    From Wadi Shchoret Campsite to Mount Yehoram Campsite 

Distance:  13 KM

Route: A hike along the Shchoret Canyon across small waterfalls, a steep climb and descent to the Lost Valley, Netafim Wadi and join the path that leads up to Mount Yehoram.

Estimated hiking time:    6-8 hours.

Start time: No later than 07:00 in the morning.

Sources of water along the route:  There is no water along the route.

Shaded Areas:  Only when hiking in the Black Canyon and Netafim Wadi


 

Route Description: 

We leave the campsite on the "Israel Trail" and the blue one westward to the point where we ended our walk yesterday. A short 15-minute walk leads to the Black Canyon entrance. Along the road to our left is a very high wall of a river tributary, which bear witness to past floods. The entrance to the canyon is extremely impressive, with red, black, and pink colored rocks showing the ancient foundation rocks, hundreds of millions of years old. After a short walk we reach the first waterfall wall, the walls become closer and narrower, allowing us to walk in the shade.

A short walk brings us to the second waterfall, which can be climber with little effort. The wide stripes in the red-pink rocks are magma dykes that penetrated the foundation rocks and were solidified in the cracks. At the bottom the stream expands to reveal the Acacia trees. We reach a trails’ junction, the red trail leading to the right (north), and green pointing straight ahead alongside the stream (north-west). We turn south (left) on the "Israel Trail" which joins the red trails.

We climb along a geological rift between the limestone mountain on our right (Mount Shchoret) and the cliffs of Shhoret Canyon on the left. This large rift created the dramatic landscape of the Eilat Mountains Reserve, and caused the foundation rocks to rise from the lower layers, up on the geological rocks scale. Erosion caused the foundation rocks to stand together with limestone rocks, exposing a magnificent and unique landscape. A strenuous 1.5 km walk up the trail leads to Mount Shchoret observation point, overlooking the Arava and the Gulf of Eilat.

A 1.5 km southward descent leads to Roded Wadi. On the way we meet up with the black path and turn to the Lost Valley. This short (0.5 km) path reveals beautiful sandstone walls. Our trail continues southwards along the broad Roded Wadi. Walking for a short while we reach the blue path on our right (east), we continue on the "Israel Trail" southward until it merges with the black trail. An additional 1.5 km we will find the blue mark that leads to an historical site with remains of buildings and an ancient quarry from the Byzantine period (4-7 centuries AC).

Continuing south on a narrow riverbed and climbing up the stream to the watershed line, we descend another ravine on our way to Netafim Wadi, reaching a green trail that joins the Israel Trail, and we turn west (right). On reaching the Netafim Wadi, we continue 3 km along the riverbed decorated with huge cliffs, impressive rocks and caper bushes peeping through the stone walls. The trail does not start from the riverbed itself, but branches out to the north. After approximately a one km hike, the trail descends to the stream itself. After 2 km of walking along the riverbed we reach Ein Netafim spring in the Eilat Mountains.

 

Ein Netafim (Arabic - Ein el Katar) is a tiny spring that bursts out from a huge waterfall in the Netafim Wadi. The spring water is led to a tiny concrete trough which was built by the British government, and created water points for the Bedouin population in the area. After being destroyed, the trough was renewed by Eilat Field School. The spring is the only permanent water point in the entire region of the Eilat Mountains, serving as the only source of water for animals that live in the region, among them ibex, rabbits, hedgehogs, bats and more.

 

Did you know?
 

Layer Spring - a spring flowing between a layer of sealed rock. Ein Netafim springs from the contact line between limestone rock (which forms the waterfall) and a layer of clay. The water that flows here permeates the rock for many years until it meets the clay layer, and flows to the surface. This is the reason why, even after a long period of drought, the spring continues to flow.

 

After a brief rest in Ein Netafim, we climb southwards. The path has railings and stakes that were installed to help hikers. At the end of the climb, at the junction with the black trail, we part from the "Israel Trail", which continues as a dirt road towards Mount Yoash. We turn right (east) and continue on a narrower black path, for one kilometer to Mount Yehoram overnight camp.

 

Campsite:    Mount Yehoram overnight camp.

Here you can find many books on the Israel Trail and many travelers choose to swap books with others.  

 

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