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A challenging climb to the top of the cliff in the middle of the heart of the Ramon crater
|Closest Town||Mitzpe Ramon|
|Recommended season||Nov-Dec, Jan-Feb, March-Apr|
|Recommended time||Early in the Morning|
Starting Point: Ramat Saharonim CG.
Finish Point: Ramat Saharonim CG.
Head out along the Black markers and down the Jeep trail into wadi ardon. You’ll come to a single acacia tree. From here follow the blue markers, north, out of Wadi Ardon, to the bottom of Harut hill, and through the red valley. Mt. Ardon is the dominating cliff ahead of you to the North. notice the rock and sand below your feet gradually change from black to red to yellow to white.
At the bottom of the mountain take a deep breath and climb up the trail. Though this is not a rock climbing adventure the trail is extremely steep and footing is loose throughout most of the climb.
Once you get to the top, follow the trail markers along the rim, westwad, to the peak and the amazing viewpoint. Come down from the mountain on the other side and connect to the parking lot. If you’re in a hurry, turn left onto the green trail which will bring you back to the red valley. Normally- follow the dirt road until in connects to a black marked trail on the left (south). Turn onto the black trail. soon you’ll come to two roman milestones. The black trail will connect you back to the fork in the road from the morning. follow the dirt road (blue markers) to the east back to your car.
Attractions: Lone acacia tree, colorful sand, chalenging climb, breathtaking view, Roman milestones, ancient insence route
By Car- Drive from Mitzpe Ramon south. After 11km you’ll come to the left turn, with a sign for Beerot Campground and Ein Saharonim. Turn left and drive on the dirt road until you come to the Bedouin Campground. Make the first right turn possible after the campground and continue along the dirt road. At the fork turn left and follow the signs to “Ardon”.
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Defiantly one of the best trails in the world!!
Excellent but hard trail. Explanation how to get to the trail are vague, just take official trail map here http://www.parks.org.il/sigalit/DAFDAFOT/ramonEn.pdf or buy it for 2 shekels at Mitzpe Ramon. It shows very clearly where you need to go. Important advice: start this trail as early as possible, especially in the summer, we did it in late October and heat gets very heavy around noon and there is not much shade. Ascend is rather steep and when it is hot it is way harder for your heart to support your body. Also take good shoes and lots of water. We read in booklet that one should drink every 15 minutes and it turned out to be a great advice.
Very nice hike.
We really loved this hike.
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