Best desert hike in Israel - Nahal Ardon - Negev Trek
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Wadi Ardon and Harut hill

Nahal Ardon VeGivat Harut

Duration

1 day

When

January – February

July – August

March – April

May - June

November – December

September – October

Mode of Transportation

Car

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A short loop inside the Ramon crater featuring colorful layers of rock and unique magmatic intrusions

Closest Town Mitzpe Ramon
Difficulty Easy
Length 4-5 km
Duration 2.5 hours
Recommended season Jan-Feb, March-Apr, May-Jun, Jul-Aug, Sep-Oct, Nov-Dec
Recommended time Morning

Hike Description Option 1- Small discoveries
Hike Description Option 2- Wide vistas
Getting There

Starting Point: Ramat Saharonim CG
Finish Point:  Ramat Saharonim CG

This option is 4km long.

Start out along the Black markers of the 4X4 road leading east from the parking lot. Follow it down into the wadi until you reach the red sand, and an impressive Acacia tree. Continue along the road and the black markers for a little less then 1 km. The abundance of life here is almost staggering- Retama broom bushes (white blossom, if you’re lucky), and Tamarix brush, tracks of Onagers and Gazells, and borrows of porcupines can be easily spotted.  Keep your eyes open to the left and follow the colorful layers of rock. Find a Red trail branching off to the left. At this point continue along the wadi and the black markers for another 150 meters until you come to the impressive dyke- a Magmatic intrusion injected into the horizontal layers. Turn back to the red trail and follow it north, out of the wadi and up to Harut hill.  When you come to the base of the hill you can either climb the top or simply follow the blue markers to the left (west) back to the wadi and to the acacia tree. After enjoying the shade, head on the black dirt road to the right (west) and up back to your car.

Attractions:  Colorful sand and rocks, Magmatic intrusions, Acacia trees, desert vegetation, Vistas.

Starting Point: Ramat Saharonim CG
Finish Point:  Ramat Saharonim CG

This option is 5km long.

Start out on the blue trail at the  Eastern edge of the parking lot. Follow it along a gradual climb on the wide ridge. After 2 km you will reach the black trail down in the dry river bed. Then turn left, North. Follow the black markers along the jeep road and enjoy the impressive exposure of layers on the right bank and the two Magmatic intrusions- Vertical blocks of Magmatic rock disrupting the horizontal layers. Keep walking and look for the red trail branching to the right and follow it as it climbs out of the wadi and up to Harut hill. When you come to the bottom of the hill you can either climb the hill or simply follow the blue markers to the left (west) back to the wadi and to an acacia tree. After enjoying the shade, head on the black dirt road to the right (west) and up back to your car.

Attractions:  Colorful sand and rocks, Magmatic intrusions, Acacia trees, desert vegetation, Vistas.

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”. Park at the large gravel parking lot.

ReviewsRead other people opinions

Gabriela

Such a gorges and divers trail.
I had no idea the desert could be so colorful.
We were not sure if we should rent a car for our desert adventure, but after hiking this trail, we knew we did the right thing.
The hike was not hard at all, and changed right in front our eyes, with every turn we took.
Make sure to take enough food with you, as there are perfect places for desert picnics.

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