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Israel National Trail Part 6- Nahal Neron to Nahal Amud

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Israel National Trail Part 6- Nahal Neron to Nahal Amud

Segment 6 – Nahal Meron to Nahal Amud (Route 8077, 2 km east of Kibbutz Hukuk)

Distance: 19 km

Water along the trail: Nahal Amud is a long, challenging trail without any drinking water available. Make sure to plan accordingly.

Water and restrooms at the Safed cemetery – about 3 km off of the trail

Moshav Kadarim – about 2 km off of the trail

Livnim – 2 km off of the trail

When Nahal Amud meets up with Kadarim Road (route 85), there is a Mekorot water station. Follow the signs to the water faucet.

Trail angels: Safed



The trail begins at the Meron campsite and passes beneath the bridge over route 866. It is recommended to climb up to the bank on the left of Nahal Meron, where the trail is easier to hike and marked with black trail markers.

The trail will occasionally go back and forth between both sides of the stream. About 700 meters after entering the Nahal Amud nature reserve, the exposed trail will become more shaded. You'll reach a small spring called Ein Tarod, then climb down stairs towards Ein Yakim. A strawberry tree shades the spring, so stop to wade in the water and enjoy nature at its finest.

Once you leave Ein Yakim, follow the black trail markers that take you alongside a water canal. There is plenty of shade on the trail, which passes by small pools of water – one more enticing than the next. The trail curves towards the right and crosses Nahal Amud. At some point, the Israel Trail separates from the black trail markers, and about 200 meters after the Israel Trail meets up with the blue trail, you'll see a small trail leading to the river channel. If you follow it, you'll reach the ruins of a fulling mill, a facility that resembles a flour mill, with water flowing through a vertical shaft to drive a wooden wheel fitted with wooden hammers which would crack and full wool to soften it and prepare it for weaving. In the 16th century, Safed was an important center for the wool and cloth industry, and this is a remnant of that era.

Follow the trail for another 100 meters as it curves left and crosses a small bridge to the other side of the river. The trail meets up with the black one again, and leads to the northern river bank. About 200 meters after crossing the bridge, you'll reach the Sechvi Pool, named for Nahal Sechvi. This lovely pool is surrounded by platanus trees, walnut trees and dense vegetation. Take a break for a quick dip in the pool.

From this point, follow the green trail along Nahal Sechvi leading to route 89, just north of the entrance to Safed. Now you will begin to follow the black trail markers towards a water canal leading to a flour mill. The trail now leads away from the river and up the hill. It becomes narrow and there are no handrails so climb carefully. As you ascend, you'll pass fruit tree orchards and the more you progress along the trail, the cooler and shadier it will become.

When the trail meets up with the blue trail, turn left towards the grave of Sheikh Kwayis and Ein Koves. There is a paved road leading from the spring to Safed. If you reach this point late in the afternoon, it is recommended to spend the night in Safed to avoid reaching the cliffs of the river after dark. If it is still earlier in the day, keep going. The view is worth the effort.

Continue climbing until you reach the cliffs. You will be just a few dozen meters away from the river. Follow the trail and then climb down a metal ladder into the Nahal Amud channel, where Nahal Satar flows into Nahal Amud. Pass by the blue trail and up a steep hill to Mitzpe Yamim Mountain and route 866. About 30 meters up the trail, you'll reach a deep pool of water. Don't stop here. Instead, follow the trail back to the eastern side of the river where you'll find a lovely grove of olive trees. The trail will take you up and down the mountain, among large stones until you are standing above Nahal Amud.

Continue to follow the trail down a moderate descent. You'll pass by cattle grazing grounds, then hike uphill as route 85 becomes visible. Look for the black trail markers and follow them towards the south. About 100 meters before the road, turn left up a trail that separates Nahal Amud from Nahal Akhbara. Turn right onto the blue trail, walk for another 150 meters and then turn right again onto a black trail that leads beneath route 85.

Continue to hike along the river and follow the Israel Trail. Eventually, you will see small caves and eagle nesting areas on the eastern side of the river. After walking for another 2 km, the river will become less canyon-like and on your right, you will see a tall, narrow stone that resembles a pillar and gives the river its name (amud is the Hebrew word for "pillar"). Ein Amud flows beneath this pillar in the winter and spring, and is a perfect place for a break.

The trail leads to the road towards Kibbutz Hukuk. You can stop here and bypass the bridge from the left to reach the road, or cross to the right of the bridge to continue hiking.

Difficulty - EASY

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