The sun rising on the sea of Galilee seen from Mount Arbel

Mount Arbel Hike

Ascend to the most iconic view-point over the Sea Of Galilee. On the way up visit the ancient Arbel fortress built inside the rock. On the way down visit the ancient Arbel synagogue and hike down the Arbel Wadi under the cliffs.

Hike Metrics
Hike Description
Distance8 Km
Short versionsN/ A
Climb330 m
LevelModerate
BestDec - Apr
PossibleNov - May
LocationGoogle-Maps-icon-2020
/ Start PointGoogle-Maps-icon-2020

Important Note: The hike is graded as moderate. However, there are several steep and exposed sections with metal handles and ladders.

 

Track description:
  • Starting point –  parking area at entrance to Hamam village (1).
  • start by Following the ‡Red‡ markers (Part of the INT)
  • After 400 m, at the junction with a ‡Green‡ marked trail  (2)., turn left and continue with the ‡Red‡ markers.
  • Climb steadily for 2.4 Km, until you reach a junction with a ‡Black‡ marked trail (3).
  • Our route continues with ‡Black‡ markers, but before we continue we make a short detour to visit the Arbel Fortress.
The arbel fortress carved into the cliff
Arbel Fortifications By Yael Megery / Wikimedia
The fortification that was carved in to the rocks were built by the Galilean Jews, who barricaded themselves at Arbel in 37 BCE. Herod was sent to suppress the rebellion. His army  overcame the rebels only after he had the best of his warriors lowered to the caves in cages suspended by ropes, from which the rebels became convenient targets.
  • Walk right, then up the stairs and visit the fortress that is carved into the cliff.
  • Retrace your stept back to (3) and continue up with the ‡Black‡ markers (Part of the INT) until the junction with the ‡Blue‡ marker at the top of the mountain. (4)
  • Follow the ‡Blue‡ markers for 200 m until you reach the “Mul Kinneret” Lookout in memory of the IDF soldier Roei Dror.
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  • Retrace your steps to (4) and continue on the ‡Black‡ markers for about 100 m to reach the famous Carob Lookout. The spot is very easy to find. It is under the single lonely Carob tree that can be seen from afar.
  • This is probably one of the most photographed views of the Sea of Galilee, and justly so. The perfect spot for an extended break.
The view from the classic Carob view point. Mount Arbel, Galil, Israel
Carob View Point By Matanya [CC BY-SA 3.0] / Wikimedia
  • You are now inside the Arbel National Park after you entered it through the back door.
  • Continue with the ‡Black‡ markers for 600 m and reach the National Park’s entrance. (5)
  • Pay the entrance fee upon exiting, and follow the unmarked paved road for 1.1 Km until you reach a junction with the ‡Green‡ marked trail and a small parking lot (6).
  • Turn left on the ‡Green‡ markers and after a few minutes you will reach the ruins of the ancient synagogue.
Green Trail, Arbel, Galilee, Israel
Ancient Synagogue By Hanay [CC BY-SA 3.0] / Wikimedia
The beautiful ruins of synagogue dates from 4th  century CE. It was built from large limestone blocks in the center of the ancient Arbel village. The synagogue is believed to have continued to be use until the 8th  century CE.
  • Continue on the ‡Green‡ markers and after a few minutes you will cross a paved road and start to descending to the wadi.  Continue for 700 m until you reach the bed of the Arbel Wadi. (7)
  • Turn right and continue following the ‡Green‡ markers downstream until you reach the junction with the ‡Red‡ marker (1.3 Km) where we began the route. (2)

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