In light of feedback and requests following our first hike, this is the plan for our second hike.
(1) The date remains as originally planned: Shabbat, June 6. Sorry, cannot be changed! Please confirm your participation by May 30.
(2) In addition to the 19 people who hiked the first segment, another 12 people are also on the list. If I do not receive 20 confirmations by May 30, I will let you know spaces are available for newcomers.
(3) We will slow down the pace a bit to keep the group together. Specifically, we will stop more often — as a group — to snack, sing, chat, view the vistas, learn about the sites, and to simply enjoy moments of pleasure and comradarie on the Israel Trail.
(4) Varda Ingels has volunteered to share her knowledge about this segment of the trail. She also recommends that we sing Palmach songs (Avner, take note!).
I have found a good online reference (and recommend you save it!)
Meeting Point: We will all meet at the segment END POINT — in the parking lot of the Paz – Yellow gas station at Messilat Zion, just south of the Shaar HaGai interchange.
Meeting Time: 6:45 a.m. We will leave most of our cars at Messilat Zion, and take a few cars to Latrun.
Start Point: Latrun
Start Time: 7:30 (or sooner, if we organize quickly)
End Point: Paz – Yellow gas station at Messilat Zion
Route Length: 9 km (probably 10, since we will begin with the trail around the Armoured Corps Museum that we shortcutted)
Time: about 4 hours, including rest stops
Route: Segment #22, according to guide book by Zevi Gilat
Water: 2-3 liters in backpack or carrier
Hat – mandatory!
Food for the hike
Change of clothes/shoes (leave in car at end point)
PDF file with a map of the area and our hiking route.
Can be printed on A4 paper.