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Israel National Trail Part 2- Tel Chai to Koach Fort

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Israel National Trail Part 2- Tel Chai to Koach Fort

Distance: Approximately 18 km

Water along the trail:
Starting point (Tel Chai Roaring Lion monument)
Mishkenot Haroim – water tank located inside the ranch (follow signs from the trail)
Yesha (Koach) Fort – end point, in the park

Trail Angels: Mishkenot Haroim. If the water tank is empty or any assistance is required along the way, contact Chanaya – 050-5272422

Ramot Naftali – luxury guest room for hikers, free of charge

There is an option of volunteering in the ecological farm in exchange for full board and classes.
Shimon Osher – 050-7379218


The trail begins at the Roaring Lion monument which was erected in memory of the fallen warriors in the battle for Tel Chai. One of these warriors was Joseph Trumpeldor, a national hero. The trail then continues towards route 9977, crosses the road and heads eastward for about 200 meters along a leveled trail. Before reaching the Tel Chai College, turn onto a short trail and head down to a path dotted with statues. Turn right to continue west. This area belongs to the Tel Chai statue park, where artists create their works of art on site and leave them there for the public to enjoy.

After leaving the park, the route bends leftward towards a trail marked with green markers, through forests planned by the JNF. The next stop along the way is Ein Roim, a nice picnic area that is a perfect place for breakfast and a cup of coffee. When you're ready to move on, follow the gently sloped trail heading downhill to the south. After about three kilometers, you'll notice several Juda's trees that bloom with glorious purple flowers between February and April. The trail then heads right.

You are now standing below the Ramim mountain ridge, about 2 kilometers from Kiryat Shemona. At this point, you can choose how to proceed. The first option is to head south on the Israel Trail. The second is to turn left and hike down to Kiryat Shemona, and the third is leave the trail, and head right to visit the Ramim ridge, then turn back to continue on the Israel Trail.

We recommend leaving the trail for a closer view of the Ramim mountain ridge, despite the steep ascent. Along this 2 km trail are signs with explanations about the region. Looking down, you'll see the Hula Valley which was formed some four-million years ago as part of the Great Rift Valley. The cliff on which you are standing was also formed by the Great Rift, and ancient geological layers can be observed, one above another. You'll pass by 12 different signs, each describing a different geological era. You will also see fossil remains of fish and reptiles embedded in the stone, proving that the entire region was once beneath the sea.

Hike back to the trail and leave the green trail after about two kilometers, and continue along the blue trail which leads to Yesha Junction. At this point, the trail passes through the Nahal Kadesh nature reserve. Enjoy the beautiful, lush vegetation along the trail, and the breathtaking Hula Valley landscape below.

After about two kilometers, you'll reach the Lipa Gal observation point, named for a JNF employee and nature lover. Sit down on the bench and relax for a few minutes while you enjoy the pleasant breeze and lovely view of the Hula region and surrounding mountains.

Next, walk through the canyons of Nahal Kadesh, where you may catch a glimpse of the rock badgers that live there, if you're lucky. Be careful in the winter and spring when the rocks are slippery. Turn into the southern tributary, climb out of the river channel, and cross the fence surrounding Yesha Fort to reach the entrance.

The fort marks the end of this trail and is one of the five forts built by the British Mandate that ruled the region until the State of Israel was established in 1948. It is an excellent observation point that offers strategic control of the entire region and the main highways. Today, the fort serves as an army base.

Difficulty - EASY

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