Technical difficulty   Easy

Time  6 hours 55 minutes

Coordinates 2904

Uploaded August 12, 2017

Recorded August 2017

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1,809 f
1,184 f
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2.7
5.5
10.9 mi

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near Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Southern District (Israel)

Full moon hike in Midreshet Sde Boker area. Starts with a classic Nahal Hawerim trail, then continues toward Ein Bokeq (with some luck you will be able to sneak past a sleeping guard and watch the Ein Bokeq waterfall in moon light). Finally the trail goes through a rather dull (but in a moonlight it is still magical) and flat desert area toward the edge of the cliff at the top of Maale Divshon for a perfect sunrise location (although I had a bad luck with the weather and the sunrise was ruined by clouds). The trail is easy to walk, but is quite long and you will need a GPS, as in the darkness it is easy to lose the trail markings.
  • Photo of Depart from the classic route
  • Photo of Depart from the classic route
  • Photo of Depart from the classic route
  • Photo of Depart from the classic route
  • Photo of Depart from the classic route
  • Photo of Depart from the classic route
Continue following the riverbed (green trail marking)
Turn slightly left to red trail marking
Sharp left turn to red 4x4 trail
  • Photo of Depart from the 4x4 trail
  • Photo of Depart from the 4x4 trail
Turn right to a footpath, it is unmarked but is clearly visible
A bit after this point there is paved road going to Ein Bokeq, the road will probably be blocked by a KKL ranger who most probably will be asleep, if you want to sneak past him you could try going in parallel with the paved road far enough from it
  • Photo of Depart from the 4x4 trail
  • Photo of Depart from the 4x4 trail
  • Photo of Depart from the 4x4 trail
The trail goes through beduin camp, it might be a good idea not to go there at night unannounced, so I suggest turning left and going toward the cliff without getting near the camp
  • Photo of Sunrise viewpoint
  • Photo of Sunrise viewpoint
  • Photo of Sunrise viewpoint
  • Photo of Sunrise viewpoint
A perfect spot to watch the sunrise with Zin stream spread out beneath your feet

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