I am pleased to present our Israel Trail Hiking Plan for 2009-2010.
This is the time to mark your calendars, and invite those friends who expressed an interest in hiking the trail, but just haven’t shown up so far.
The dates were selected to avoid conflict with orienteering league meets, mountain bike orienteering league meets, events organized by the Modiin or Rishon Lezion orienteering clubs, the Negev Championship and the annual rogaine. I also did my best to avoid setting dates that conflict with holidays, although one hike is set for Passover.
Update (5 August 2010) – What we actually hiked:
11.9 – Tel Dan to Tel Hai
12.9 – Geological Park in Kiryat Shemona to Metzudat Yesha
17.10 – Meir Sh’feya Youth Village to Bet Hanania
14.11 – hike cancelled
5.12 – hike cancelled
2.1 – Moshav Ahuzam (Tel Keshet) to Pureh Nature Reserve
6.2 – Ganei Yehoshua (Park Hayarkon), from West End to East End
6.3 – Kibbutz Dvir to Pureh Nature Reserve (south > north)
3.4 – Yesha Fortress to Nahal Dishon (Alma Bridge)
17.4 – Lower Nahal Amud to Migdal
1.5 – Sho’evah (Shoresh) to Shaar Hagai (south > north)
29.5 – Meir Sh’feya Youth Village to Kerem Maharal (south > north)
11.9 – Tel Dan > Tel Hai
12.9 – Tel Hai > Metzudat Yesha
17.10 – Meir Shfiya > Bet Hananya
14.11 – Alon Hagalil > Kiryat Tivon
5.12 – Tel Keshet to Shmurat Poreh
26.12 – Shaar Hagai > Shoresh (or 2.1.10)
6.2 – Tel Aviv > Hod Hasharon
27.2 – Shumrat Poreh > Dvir
3.4 – Bet Hananya > Givat Olga
17.4 – Metzudat Yesha > Nachal Dishon
7.5 – Lower Nachal Amud > Har Arbel
8.5 – Arbel > Poriah (we’ll probably reverse and go south to north)
(June) – Shoresh > Sataf
I want to give credit to a group called “Bishvil Yisrael” and their website. This is a group of people who hiked the trail, in consecutive segments, from north to south, about once a month, over a period of several years (2005-2009). During the first three years they occasionally did two hikes, on Friday and on Shabbat, staying overnight at hostels or other modest accommodations. During the last two years, about the time they reached Arad, every outing was, by necessity, a 2-day, 2-segment hike.
The organizers of this group broke down the trail into segments that are more manageable for older hikers (about 15 kilometers each, give or take a couple kilometers), and more suitable for vehicle access to start and end points. This group also hiked certain segments from south to north. Yuval and I agree this sounds like a wise idea, to avoid hefty climbing of such heights as Mount Arbel, although it has been our intention to hike every segment from north to south. Yuval and I have decided to adopt this group’s itinerary, except for the order in which we hike the segments.
Our adventures will continue ….