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Nahal Mazin

Judean Desert

 

A view of nahal Mazin from the approach trail

 

 

The route quality:   **/***   

 

 

The route type:

   

Rappelling trip.

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

All descents by rappelling are not obligatory and can be bypassed more or less easily.

At least three rappelling stations are equipped with 3mm steel cable loops. *  

You must have your own equipment to build missing rappelling stations and to reinforce existing stations.

 

Getting there:

 

Drive on the road number 90 along Dead Sea to the south.

After the road mark "271 km" you arrive to a short side road leading to Ovnat village. Park here your car.

Follow the marked trail (green marks) that starts from this side road and gradually climbs to the main plateau of Judean Desert. Once on the plateau, follow the trail till the intersection with blue marks. From here continue to follow the green marks for 750m more till the place where the trail crosses obvious wadi. This is nahal Mazin and the rappelling trip starts here.

Provide 1.5 hours for approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route description:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave the marked trail and follow the wadi for 650m till the first big dry fall. You can either to rappel it (described bellow as “the 1st dry fall”) or to bypass it on the right side.

 

There are up to 5 dry falls to be abseiled:

 

1.  30m (17m vertical with ledges, then 13m overhang)

A station can be placed on rocky spurs but be aware of sharp edges.

Be careful while rappelling because of loose rocks on the wall!

 

 

Approaching the 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rappelling down from the 1st dry fall

 

 

The 1st dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk for 500m down the canyon till the 2nd dry fall. Some small narrows with pits should be bypassed or negotiated.

 

On the way to 2nd dry fall:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  18m (vertical)

Anchor: 3mm steel cable loop under a big boulder on the left side. *

          Be careful while rappelling because of loose rocks on the wall!

 

 

Approaching the 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 2nd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third dry fall is just under the second one.

 

3.  35m (vertical or sloped with ledges)

Anchor: 3mm steel cable loop under a big boulder on the left side. *

Be careful while rappelling because of loose rocks on the wall!

 

 

The 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rappelling down from the 3rd dry fall

 

 

The 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A view of nahal Mazin from below the third dry fall:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a long detour on the right side of the canyon to avoid some small falls and pits. Actually, we were so enthusiastic bypassing them that missed the 4th fall…

 

4.  15m

The 4th fall is present on the scheme we used while preparing to the trip:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153594807869019&set=a.494228989018.272001.683969018&type=3&theater

 

 

5.  40m (vertical and sloped with big intermediate ledges and pits)

Anchor: 3mm steel cable loop under a big boulder on the left side. *

 

 

The 5th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling down from the 5th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rappelling down from the 5th dry fall

 

 

The 5th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From below the 5th dry fall walk through the lower conglomerate part of nahal Mazin for 650m and than along the road (another 550m) to get back to the car.

 

 

Walking through the lower part of nahal Mazin

 

 

View back on nahal Mazin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 December 2015. Try to check it before starting on your trip.