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Ktalav Wadi Hike

Hike The Ktalav Red Tree Wadi. On the way down enjoy wide-open views on the Judean mountain ridges. Then Hike up inside the Ktalav Wadi through the dense forest, dotted with the Reddish Ktalav trees.

Hike Metrics
Distance7.5 Km
Short versionsN / A
Climb300 m
DifficultyModerate
BestDec - Apr
PossibleAll Year
LocationGoogle-Maps-icon-2020
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Hike Description

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  • Starting point –  parking area near BarBahar restaurant (1).
  • This a very popular Cafe/Restaurant (On weekends) with a big outdoor balcony overlooking the mountains.
  • Start following the ‡Black‡ marked dirt road parallel to the main road.
  • After about 300 m the road will become a footpath and start descending.
  • After another 250 m, you will arrive at a junction with a ‡Red‡ marked trail (5). Ignore it and continue with the ‡Black‡ markers.
  • On your way, you will pass Giora Spring (usually dry) and after 600 m you will meet the junction with the ‡Blue‡ marked trail (2).
HIKE HERE AS PART OF A 4 DAYS TREK TO JERUSALEM
Guided Tour

  • Start at Bet Guvrin National Park.
  • Hike to the Elah Valley
  • Walk in Wadi Ktalav.
  • Hike the Springs trail and end up at Ein Karem (Jerusalem)

Inn to Inn Hiking with Luggage Tranfer

  • Turn left and follow the ‡Blue‡ markers. The trail follows the slope of the Wadi about 100 m above the bottom. After about 2 Km you will arrive at a junction with a  ‡Green‡ marker (3).
  • Turn right and follow the  ‡Green‡ marker. After 100 m you will arrive at an old Muslim grave called “Dir a Sheich”. The contrast of the white ruins against the green forest makes a very pretty spot. It is surrounded by fruit trees and spring flowers and makes a great excuse for an extended break.
Dir-a-Sheikh
Dir-A-Sheich – By Oren Peles [CC BY 2.5], Wikimedia Commons
  • Continue for another 800 m on with the ‡Green‡ markers until you meet the bed of the Ktalav Wadi and a junction with  ‡Black‡ markers (4).
  • The Wadi received its name from the Red Ktalav tree (Arbutus andrachne) that populates its forest.

Eastern Strawberry Tree (Arbutus andrachne)

  • Turn right and follow the ‡Black‡ markers up the Wadi.
  • It’s a beautiful and fun section. A narrow and dark shaded wadi with occasional rocks to negotiate.
  • On your way, you pass the Ktalav Spring, which may hold some water during the winter.
  • Go up the Wadi for 1.5 Km until you reach the junction with the  ‡Blue‡ marked trail (2). Continue further on the ‡Black‡ for another 600 m until the junction with the  ‡Red‡ marked trail  (5). 
  • Turn right and follow the ‡Red‡ markers circulating the northern side of the hill, Getting great views of the mountain between the trees from time to time.
  • After 650 m you reach a junction with a dirt road and a ‡Black‡ marker. (6)
  • Turn left to reach the starting point in 150 m (1)

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