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Mt. Ardon

Har Ardon

Duration

1 day

When

January – February

March – April

November – December

Mode of Transportation

Car

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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
Difficulty Difficult
Length 12km
Duration 5 hours
Recommended season Nov-Dec, Jan-Feb, March-Apr
Recommended time Early in the Morning

Hike Description
Getting There

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”.

ReviewsRead other people opinions

Sam

Defiantly one of the best trails in the world!!
Amazing day hike, especially if you like climbing.
The trail is very careful, brilliant views and a very steep climb. Make sure to climb up the steep
side of the mountain and not go down it, as it seems like it might be a bit dangerous.
and take a good sharp camera!

Andrey

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.

Klaus

Very nice hike.
A bit hard if you are not used to hiking in the desert.
I did this hike in the summer and it was a mistake. I believe it is a lot nicer during the winter time.

Vanessa

We really loved this hike.
Great trail climbing up a really big mountain, with an amazing view from the top – absolutely worth the climb.
The landscape is breathtaking, and we enjoyed the adrenalin of the climb down.
We did it from the end to the beginning and not the way that it says on the website description which was a mistake. The climb down seems very dangerous… better to climb that up…
We did a shorter hike the day before, which we think was wise… that way we knew we can handle this trail. If you are here during the winter time with a car, and you like hiking – make sure you don’t miss out in this trail.

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