Rahaf – cisterns, dry falls and tristramies
of spring, the temperatures starting to rise
and soon the desert cool hiking season will be over and the summer
catch the last day of the spring with reasonable temperatures and went
from the Rahaf wadi cliffs up to Massada.
Wadi Rahaf is well known
as a snepling site, but
for those who like firm ground under their foots a hiking trail was
above the canyon from which small trails lead to accessible points of
At down we met in the
Masada parking lot where we
left the more valuable car, and continued with my jalopy that lots of
trips showed that is not liked upon the desert car thief’s.
We parked the jalopy in
wadi Rahaf parking on road
90 few km south of Masada (of course we took the car radio with us to
to prevent car burglary)
Immediately when parking
the car we had nice
surprise, black birds called tristrams are very courageous in this area
getting very close to us and later on we discover that they doing the
us and very aggressively demand to join our meals.
We started the climb on
Rahaf ascent marked as the
green trail and after about 400 meters black trail splits from the
lead us threw the wadi canyon to the lower Rahaf fall.
This fall is very
impressive and negative slopped
and in its bottom a small pool, but when approaching the pool we
find it green and fill with insect larvas.
but never the less the
fall is very beautiful and
allow us to take many good desert photos.
We got back on our tracks
to the green trail and
continued climbing the steep but comfortable accent, along the trail
scenery of the dead sea, the water fall we visited earlier and the wadi
are revealing to us and also some desert animals that take advantage of
cool season to take a hike too.
Half way up the accent
again blue trail is
splitting from the green and lead us to the wadi canyon where amazing
large cisterns glowing in white and green under the cliffs shade to
magical resting and swimming point.
Here we stop for a quick
snack and swimming in the
surprisingly clear water, and as soon as the sandwiches are opened the
tristrams come from the sky to share them almost from our hands.
After the rest we got
back to the trail split and
continued the accent climb to the desert heights. Here we turned right
black trail crossing wadi Rahaf and continue on a jeep road until the
trail to Massada.
At the cross point of the
jeep road and the black
trail small white trail with bad marks lead to the north bank of the
where from 200 meters above a panoramic view of the canyon with its
falls spotted with green cistern and beautiful combination of sun and
We continue on the desert
heights north to the
ridge viewing Masada from its south, from this unusual observation
point we can
see Masada fall, the Masada cliff spotted with caverns, the dead sea
cable cars in which more lazy hikers choose in order to get to Masada.
On the cliff at our feet
is the wall build by the
roman legion when sieging Massda in order to capture all the Jews
birds quickly spot us and rush to ask for more crumbs and to pose to
in front of Massada view.
We go down to Massada
fall threw the steep and hard
kanaim accent, and on threw the roman siege battery up to Massada.
The late hour rushes us
for a quick tour at the
ruins and to go down at the snake trail to the Massada parking lot. On
a tourist notice that the dead sea is dying, I agree and recommend
where life are at their peek.
trip summary : from rahaf wadi
parking climbing rahaf ascent and on the desert heights to massade.
: hard rahaf ascent and the heat go toghether
against the hiker.
month of trip : april
: amazing trip in the impesing rahaf canyon
and unusual view on massada.
key words: rahaf wadi, rahaf canyon,
rahaf cisterns, rahaf ascent , massada , masada , kanaim ascent
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