One Day Hike In Israel – The natural springs of Beit-She’an valley

One day hike in the natural springs of Beit-She’an valley

Preface

The beit she’an valley is located 30 km south from the Kineret lake (sea of Galilee). It is a vast valley with many natural springs along the Jordan and Harod rivers. This makes the area lush and fertile.  We will offer you both a laid back hiking day in this area and an more intense day hike as well.

Planning

What to bring: A hat and 3 liters of water per person is mandatory. You will get wet in this trek, so be sure to bring clothes that you can get wet, and shoes that are good for walking in water. A waterproof bag will help if you have valuables.

How to get there: From Tel-Aviv, take one of the many buses daily to Afula, a relatively small city in the Izrael valley. From Afula, take bus 412 leaving every 30 minutes to Mesilot Junction.

Maps: The map number 3 is what you need. Any trekking equipment store holds a map like this.


Scenery in the proximity of the hike:

Beit She’an: The city of Beit She’an has in it an amazing national park made mainly of the 2000 years old Roman city once built here.  be sure to go and visit if you have the time.

Nir-David: a kibbutz at the beginning of the hike. It was the first Homa Umigdal (wall and tower) settlement in Israel and also has the Sahne national park in it.

you are more than welcome to contact us and ask about these wonderful places

 

Laid back one day hike

 

Duration

Day-Hike

Distance

6 Km

Difficulty

Very Easy

Start

Cross roads near kibbutz Nir david

End

Kibbutz Reshafim

Nearset towns

Beit She’an, Afulla

Transport

bus, Hitching

Preferred  Season

year round.


The Hike

 

Start off from Mesilot junction on a path marked in black heading south. It is a large path and is very clear and easy to walk on. You will walk on it for 2 km until reaching a very big eucalyptus thicket. Only when close by, you will see the big emerald colored pool hidden between the trees. There is hardly anyone living that will see such a pool and will not jump into it. The water is relatively warm. This place is calls Ein-Muda.

 

After splashing in the pool, you need to walk back north on the path marked black for 1 km until you pass the first water reservoir on your left side (west). You need to turn left into a dirt road and walk between two water reservoirs for 1.5 km. the dirt road turns a little to the north and then you will see another pool, much smaller than the one before, but this pool is within a small river, with many romantic, wonderful, hideaways beneath the trees. This beautiful place is called Ein-Shokek.

 

From here, you need to exit the small river and walk on a dirt road between mango trees in the general direction on north-east and towards the Kibbutz. Before the entrance to the kibbutz, you will see an inviting stream of blue water flowing to the east. This is where you pack your belongings in the dry bag and hop into the water. You walk inside the stream for about 1 km. the flow is not so strong, but rather slow and comfortable to walk in. The stream goes into two underground pipes that you go through and then pass into the next section of the steam. You will finish in another thicket like the one in Ein-Muda but smaller. This is where we start and finish this fun, wet, hike.

 

Intense One Day Hike Climbing the Giloboa Mountian Ridge

 

Duration1 Day
Distance14 km with hitch hiking, 18km without
DifficultyMedium-Hard
Startross roads near kibbutz Nir david
Nearset townsAfula, Bet-She’an
TransportBus, Hitching
Preferred  SeasonOctober to late May. During February, the wonderful Gilboa Iris flower is blossoming.


 

The Hike

Start off from Mesilot junction on a path marked black heading south. It is a large road and is very clear and easy to walk on. You will walk on it for 2 km until reaching a very big eucalyptus thicket. Only when close by, you will see the big emerald colored pool hidden between the trees. There is hardly anyone living that will see such a pool and will not jump into it. The water is relatively warm. This place is called Ein-Muda.

After bathing in this fantastic pool, continue south on the path marked in black, which becomes narrow when entering the steep stream. Climb uphill in this stream, which after 40 minutes turns south-east and travels above the cliff of mountain Gilboa. Mount Gilboa is one of Israel’s most beautiful mountains which you can read about here:

The route has great views over the valley beneath. You will reach a road after 40 more minutes of walking on the ridge. From here you have the option to hitch northbound for 4 km or walk on the road. Either way, you need to get to the river crossing the road 1 Km after the entrance to the village of Maale-Gilboa. You will see a red symbol marking a path to you right (east). You need to enter here and start descending on your way back into the valley. This Wadi is called – wadi tzpor. The ravine is blossoming in spring time and the walking though it is amazing. Continue in the ravine until reaching a comfortable dirt road that heads north, you don’t need to follow this dirt road, but continue in an unmarked path down to the valley. This unmarked path continues between orchards and continues north-west when inside the valley.

The dirt road turns a little to the north and then you will see a pool within a small river, with many romantic, wonderful hideaways beneath the trees. This beautiful place is called Ein-Shokek. Don’t be shy but hop in for a short swim. Even in the winter the water here is relatively warm.

From here, you need to exit the small river and walk on a dirt road between mango trees in the general direction of north-east and towards the Kibbutz. Before the entrance to the kibbutz, you will see an inviting stream of blue water flowing to the east. This is where you pack your belongings in the dry bag and hop into the water. You walk inside the stream for about 1 km. the flow is not so strong, but rather slow and comfortable to walk in. The stream enters two underground pipes that you go through and pass into the next section of the steam. You will finish in thicket. This is where we started and will finish this great hike.

 

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