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Israel National Trail Part 3- Yesha (koach) Fort to Nachal Dishon

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Israel National Trail Part 3- Yesha (koach) Fort to Nachal Dishon

Segment 3 – Yesha (Koach) Fort to Nahal Dishon

Distance: 20 km

Water along the trail: At Nahal Dishon before reaching the road, Ein Aviv – a Mekorot site. The faucet is located to the left of the entrance to the site.

Trail Angels: Kibbutz Yiron – accommodations in rooms equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, showers and more for only 10 NIS. Sleeping on the public kibbutz lawns is prohibited.

Description:

After the trail leaves Yesha Fort, it passes by the ruins of Nebi Yusha located south of the fort. This is a holy site for the Muslims who believe it to be the burial site of the biblical Joshua. Muslims believe that visiting this grave brings health, fertility and marriage. This is an excellent place to stop for breakfast. From Nebi Yusha, follow the Israel Trail for about two kilometers until you see the green trail marker. Follow the dirt road through the thicket towards Keren Naftali Mountain. The 500 meter climb is steep but well worth the effort. This is the highest observation point in the region; it is a triangulation point, meaning it is the highest point to have been surveyed and marked. When creating a trig point, the idea is for two additional trig points to be visible from each so that surveyors can calculate their precise location by measuring their distance from each of the three points. Keren Naftali Mountain offers an excellent opportunity to see what a trig point actually looks like. You’ll see three metal poles with an iron triangle welded to them.

At Keren Naftali, you’ll find the ruins of a Hellenistic temple from the Roman era. Lovely Atlantic terebinth trees grow among the ruins. There is a mosaic at the site and several burial caves have been carved into the stone. You’ll also enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Hula Valley, Golan Heights, Hermon Mountain and the Upper Galilee.

From there, follow the trail towards Nahal Dishon. The river channel is brimming with lush Mediterranean vegetation, including oak, terebinth, birch, carob, olive, and Judas trees. At this point, the trail is marked in red. The cliff to the side of the trail is a nesting site for birds of prey and in the spring, the region blooms with orchids and irises.

Note that during the winter months, the river channel may be full of water.

As you hike along Nahal Dishon, you’ll see Ein Aviv, a spring from which water is currently pumped. In November, the saffron flowers blossom approximately 150 meters along the trail past Ein Aviv. In the wadi just past Ein Aviv, you’ll find the ruins of windmills that were once operated by the river and serve as living proof of the water that once flowed through the Dishon.

After hiking two kilometers further through the river bed, you’ll see a shape on the mountain to your left that resembles a rhinoceros’ horn. This means that you’ve nearly reached the end of the trail. When you reach the area below the horn, you’ll see the entrance to the Dishon cave above you. The trail ends at route 899. 

Difficulty - EASY

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