Ein Akev 311.
(photo credit: YONI COHEN)
As the holidays begin, the desert is a beautiful place to explore as the fall weather makes exploring the varied mountains a little more bearable.
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The Ein Zik trail that leads to the Ein Akev spring is challenging but well worth it.
The trail, which follows blue markings, takes rougly 6 -7 hours and returns to
the starting point in the parking lot in Sde
Boker Kibbutz. Beautiful vegetation leads the
way for about four kilometers until the Akev spring where it is permitted, and
fully recommended, to take a dip and cool off in the clear water.
The trail continues for about six and half kms until "Maale Zin" which
is a very steep uphill climb. Although it can become tiring near the
end, it is well worth it for the stunning desert views. The trail then
leads back to the parking lot.
To reach the beginning of the hike, travel south on Route 40. Turn left
at Tlalim Junction, then right at Halukim Junction. Follow signs to Sde
Boker Kibbutz and after three kms turn left and follow signs to Ben
Gurion's grave. Park in the parking lot where there is a visitors center
with hiking experts and maps.
This hike is only suitable for those in good physical condition as there a number of steep inclines.
Take plenty of water, sun lotion and something to cover the head to ensure an enjoyable hike.