Israel Trail Days 6 and 7

March 15 and 17, 2013.

Wikiloc maps:
Day 6: Nahal Amud to Migdal
ay 7: Migdal Tiberias Ilit and Tiberias Ilit to Poriya Ilit

I completed the first “major” segment of the hike on this trip: from Tel Dan, in the far north on the border with Lebanon, to the Sea of Galilee. Next “destination” is Mt. Carmel near Haifa.  I’ve completed about 75 miles on the trail, have about a similar distance to go until Mt Carmel.

For this leg I stayed at a B&B, D’vir Vacation Cabins, in Migdal. Was a comfortable place, a little pricey, but everything in the neighborhood seemed a little pricey.  Room had a lovely view of the Arbel Cliffs, which was the first part of segment 8, the second of the two segments I did this trip.

Segment 7 started near the Amud Junction, near where highways 85 and 65 meet.  Was pretty easy for me to get a ride to 85/65 and I walked from there to the start.  The hike through Nahal Amud was very scenic, although I think the upper part, on segment 6, was even a little more scenic.  It was quite hot, about 90F.  I was glad I was carrying plenty of water.  Even with a lot of water I was feeling pretty hot by the time I finished half the trek — where there fortunately was a lovely spring was crisp, clear, cool water.  VERY refreshing at that point.  The lower part of the segment was somewhat less interesting, going through flat fields near the Sea of Galilee.

The trail itself doesn’t actually go all the way to the shores of the lake, so I added a hike on Saturday from my B&B to the boat museum at Ginosar so I could say I walked all the way to the Galilee.

Sunday morning it was only about a 1/2 mile walk to the start of segment 8, which was mostly pretty easy except for the climb up the Arbel.  I had some light rain in the morning as I was starting out, but it quit pretty early.  Lost the trail near the entrance to the Arbel, but it was open fields so easy enough to go “cross country” and re-connect with the trail using my GPS.  The GPS is a VERY handy thing to have on this hike, it’s not always marked so well.

From the top of the Arbel the trail goes by Kfar Hittim and upper Tiberias.  I accidentally didn’t restart my GPS recorder after a break, so segment 8 is split into two sections on Wikiloc.  After Tiberias Ilit the trail goes throught the Swiss Forest, which was developed to help protect the area around Tiberias from mudslides.  Funded by the Swiss Jewish community, hence the name.  From the end of the segment at highway 7677 it was easy to get a ride down to the lake and a bus back to Migdal.


“see for segment 7; and for segment 8”

“see for segment 7; and for segment 8”

From Israel Trail Segments 7 and 8. Posted by Barry Leff on 3/17/2013 (64 items)

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Barry Leff

Rabbi Barry (Baruch) Leff is a dual Israeli-American business executive, teacher, speaker and writer who divides his time between Israel and the US.

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