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Nahal Kedesh

Etzba ha-Galil

 

 

On the edge of the main "waterfall".

 

 

 

The route quality:   **   

 

 

The route type:

   

Rappelling trip.

The first dry fall is not equipped with anchors but it can be bypassed and the second one is equipped with good anchors. *

It is preferably if you would be able to built rappelling station on a natural relief. Have some slings and auxiliary ropes if you plan to rappel from the first dry fall.

The most of the canyon is dry all the year round but be aware about floods during winter rains.

 

Getting there:

 

Drive on the road number 90 in the Kiriat Shmona direction till the Koach junction and turn left to the road number 899. After 900m of driving you will see some picnic spot on the right side of the road in the mouse of the nahal Kedesh valley. This is the end point of the route and it would be a good idea to leave here a car if you have more than one...

Continue to drive till the Yesha junction and there turn right to the parking of Metzudat Yesha (Metzudat Koach)

Park here your car. The route starts here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route description:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the Israel Trail (three color marks) that skirts the memorial on the right side and than runs up the south side of the Kedesh canyon. At the upper reaches of the canyon the trail comes down to the floor and from this point it follows a tiny stream that runs on the canyon’s floor.

 

 

A view down the Kedesh canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The upper reaches of the Kedesh canyon

 

On the canyon floor

 

 

 

 

 

After some 400m of nice walking through the forest the trail comes to the confluence with the north tributary of nahal Kedesh and turns into it. Here you should leave the marked trail. Continue to hike down the main canyon that started to be dry from this point. After another 250m you will come to the first dry fall. The rappelling here is not necessary as the steeps can be easily bypassed from the right side. So, the following description is for enthusiastic rappelling-lovers only... 

 

1.  6-7m - vertical

Bring your own rope loops to set the station. It is possible to set the station on some boulders stuck in the main channel. The very beginning of the rappelling is highly not convenient!

Another (much more aesthetic and less cruel!..) possibility is to rappel from the huge boulder on the right of the main channel, but in such a case you will need to anchor on trees some 10m from the edge.

 

 

A view from the 1st rappelling station

 

The 1st rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

Rappelling from the 1st dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  22m - vertical.

This is the only unavoidable rappelling of this route.

There are many climbing bolts on the walls near the edge and two of them were with metal rings to pull the rope.*

 

 

The 2nd waterfall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some 250-300m of hiking from the foot of this waterfall will bring you to 8-10m high steeps that should be bypassed from the right side.

You can rappel from them of cause if you have time and fervour... We had not...

Another 300m of hiking and you will come to the trail marked with red marks that connects Metzudat Yesha with the picnic spot at the road number 899.

Follow the trail down to the very end if you parked your car there. If not, you can turn back and climb with the red trail up the slopes to the parking at Metzudat Yesha. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

A nice half day trip for not ambitious persons that would like to pass through some boring hot summer weekend...

 

 

The route quality:

 

*****  - 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...

 

 

* Pay attention! The information is updated for November 2011. Try to check it before starting on your trip.