Nahal Gilbon (Gilabun)
Attention: the rappelling is not allowed in Nahal Gilbon nature reserve, so decide for yourself!
Take into account that "the route quality" of four stars in such a case means "very interesting" only and not "highly recommended"...
The route type:
Easy hiking with one rappelling spot only, but it's a magnificent one.
The hiking route is in the nature reserve Nahal Gilbon, it is very popular and consequently too much crowded at weekends.
There are beautiful pools, waterfalls and a dense oleander bush that is especially colorful in the time of flowering (June - July).
Drive on the road number
Follow red marks till the parking lot. The hiking route starts here.
Follow the trail marked with red marks. Just after crossing the stream for the first time you will come across a nice small waterfall. It's Dvora waterfall.
After that you have to hike about 1km along the "red trail" to get to the main attraction of the route - Gilbon waterfall that is the second highest waterfall in Israel.
The waterfall is 40m high.
The can approach to the head of the waterfall just from the marked trail and there is no problem with anchoring.
The rappelling is steep, slippery and partly runs through the falling water that can pose difficulties for inexperienced rappelers.
It is not recommended for beginners!
The rappelling ends into the large deep pool. You can uncouple yourself from the rope staying on rocks in a shallow, but anyway you must swim to get to the "mainland"...
In order to get back to your car, follow the trail marked with blue marks.
***** - The only one of its kind. A "must do" trip!
**** - Very interesting, highly recommended!
*** - Pretty nice route.
** - Inexpressive one.
* - Do it if you have nothing to do...