Nahal Hemar, hemar meaning clay in Hebrew, is a moderately difficult hike through the Dead Sea valley of the Judean Desert. During this 14 km hike, you will walk along the edge of a bank overlooking a wadi, dried riverbed, and descend to Nahal Hemar, which you will walk along for the majority of the hike. This is a beautiful part of Israel, ending with a fantastic view of the Dead Sea.
This trail begins at a nature reserve, where you can go off the path a bit until you arrive at the blue marked path. You will follow the blue marked path for the entire hike. This trail is very well marked, so expect to see a blue trail marking every ten minutes or so. The blue path begins on road 258. If you are planning to drive to this hike, it is best to park in Arad and take a cab from there to the trail. (~30 NIS)
As you start the trail from the road, you’ll follow the blue trail markings through the Judean Desert where you will see some of the amazing views the Judean desert has to offer. After just a few km on the marked path, you will notice a white striped path with no color inside. We recommend you take this path leading to a mesmerizing look out point to a large dried waterfall. You may also be lucky enough to see a flock of camels like we were.
After the look out you will continue on the blue marked path on a bank just to the right on Nahal Hemar. At this point you will begin to descend the mountains on a semi-steep trail to the bottom of the canyon where you will walk along Nahal Hemar. If it recently rained, you will walk past water filled water holes here. After a small descent, you will reach a large pool of water with a great shaded area perfect for a rest stop. You will then continue on the blue trail.
After about 5.2 km, you will see the Dead Sea and the end of your trail on road 90. You will see a trail junction of a blue and green trail marking. We recommend ending your trek here at the blue trail leading to road 90.
What to bring: Good hiking shoes, at least 3 liters of water, a hat, and food for the day.
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