The steep Cliffs of Mount Ardon, Negev Desert,Israel

Mount Ardon Hike

One of the best view-points on Makhtesh Ramon

A short but tough hike. A steep ascend to the summit of Ardon table shape mountain in the middle of makhtesh Ramon.

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Region – Central Negev
Distance – 6.5 Km.
Accumulated Climb – 300 m. (Very steep)
Difficulty – Difficult.
For Private transport directions, use Google Maps –
Ardon day camp parking

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Important Note: The last 5 Km of your drive to the parking location are on a dirt road. The road is in good condition and is suitable for any private car.

Important Note: The Google Maps location is not your final parking destination. From this point turn right on a dirt road with Blue markers and follow it for 2.1 Km until you see the parking area.


  • Crater – A roughly circular depression in the ground usually caused by volcanic activity, impact or explosion.
  • Makhtesh – A crater-like formation created by erosion

The word “makhtesh” is the Hebrew word for a Mortar and Pestle. The geological landform was given this name because of its similarity to a grinding bowl.

There are only 7 such craters in the world, all of them located in the Land of Israel(5) and  the Sinai desert(2). Of the 5 located in Israel Makhtesh Ramon is the largest. That makes it the largest makhtesh in the world. Over 40 km long, 10 km wide and about 400 m deep.
Further reading on Makhtesh Ramon.

Track description:

  • Starting point –  parking area at the foot of Mount Ardon (1).
  • The impressive ascend you are about to tackle is clearly seen in front of you!!

The ascend to the summit of Mount Ardon

  • Follow the ‡blue‡ markers. the climb starts gently but soon becomes steep. After 750 m you reach a junction with a ‡Black‡ marker at the middle of the climb (2).
  • Continue climbing on the ‡blue‡ markers for about 900 m until the Summit (3).
  • The perfect spot for an extended break.
The summit is 722 m ASL and 200 m directly above the crater’s base.
The name “Ardon” source is from the bible, 1 Chronicles 2:18 =>
“And Caleb the son of Hezron begat children of Azubah his wife, and of Jerioth: her sons are these; Jesher, and Shobab, and Ardon.”


The colorful Makhtesh Ramon viewed from the summit of Mount Ardon

  • Continue on the ‡blue‡ markers now on the edge of the table mountain with the fantastic view of makhtesh Ramon visible all the time. After  about 900 m the trail curves right towards the decent (4).
  • Start descending very steeply on the ‡blue‡ marker. Caution in required and at some areas you need to scramble.
  • After about 1.5 Km you reach a junction with a ‡Green‡ marker. (5) Turn right and follow the ‡Green‡ markers for about 2.5 km on a flat and easy section back to the starting point (1)

Topographic map with English labels and legend

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Bonus Tip:
Check out thtese additional Things To Do in the Ramon Crater area.