Masda viwed from the North

Masada

Turn a “Standard” visit to Masada into a Hiking experience!

Combine your visit to Masada with an exciting hike through the Roman siege camps. Get amazing views of Masada from different directions.

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Region – Judea Desert
Distance – 8.5 Km. (Short version 4.5 Km)
Add about 2 Km for tour in Masada
Accumulated Climb – 350 m.
Difficulty – Moderate.
For Private or Public transport directions, use Google Maps –
Masada Eastern Parking

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To get the most out of this route we suggest to learn a little about Masada and especially about the Roman siege:

Track description:

  • For the short version finish the tour at Masada and decend with the Cable Car.
  • Starting point –  parking area at Masada National Park (1). (entrance fee required)
  • Follow the signs to the “Snake Trail” on an unmarked dirt road for about 500 m until the junction with the ‡Red‡ marker. (2)
  • On your right you can see the ruins of a roman siege camp.
  • Turn right and follow the ‡Red‡ markers for about 1.3 Km until he junction with the ‡Green‡ marker. (3)
  • Turn left and follow the ‡Green‡ markers. You are now on the “Runner Trail”. This trail was used by the Roman messengers (runners) to pass information between the camps.
  • You climb steeply about 200 m. As you gain height you get a good view on the northern palace of Masada.
  • At the top of the cliff the trail curves left. Continue with the ‡Green‡ markers until you reach the back (West) entrance to Masada. (4).
  • Turn left and ascend to Masada on the Ramp trail
  • Tour the site and walk down back to (4). (Or decend with the cable care if you choose the short version)
  • Turn Left and follow the ‡Red‡ markers into the Masada Wadi.
  • After about 750 m you will notice  that the Wadi makes a sharp left turn.
  • Leave the trail and follow the Wadi shortly until the big dry waterfall.
  • Enjoy the dramatic cliff and the great view down to the dead sea.
  • Continue with the the ‡Red‡ markers now into a short steep climb to the saddle of Elazar mountain (5).
  • Turn left on the ‡Black‡ markers to reach the top of Elazar mountain near the Ruins of the Roman Siege camp H.
  • Enjoy the view and imagine the Roman soldiers standing in the same spot.
  • The perfect place for a long break.
  • Continue for about 1.7 Km with the ‡Black‡ markers down steeply all the way to the starting point (1).

Topographic map with English labels and legend

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