the natural summer refresh
July august heat was less
heavier this year, so we
packed up our courage, frozen water bottles, sun protection cream and
on we go
to the Yehudia – the most wildest and beautiful of all the Golan
known in its cool ponds, ladders and iron steps needed to cross the
We started from gush Dan
area after visiting the
local super market and supplying with some pastry for the road. On the
picked up our friend Michael that came from Jerusalem to hike with us.
The trail start in the
Yehudia parking by paying
entrée fee to national parks authority, and by the red marked trail to
ruins of the Yehudia village.
In the village the trail
splits to green trail that
goes down to the lower Yehudia and red trail that continue to upper
(since the hike is one-way one can go from upper Yehudia to lower but
The trail lead us east on
the canyon edge in the
yellowish landscape of the summer, it is amazing how only 4 months ago
area was decorated in all colors flowers, and how fast the summer
After about one and half
kilometers the trail go
down in a series of basalt stairs to the Yehudia waterfall where the
At the bottom of the fall
refreshing surprise to
the sweating hikers – clear cool pond to which the fall flows, a
for resting swimming and of course breakfast.
The pool is fill with
fish and hungry Michael
imagines having them on the grill, we remind him this is nature
the tenants are not to be eaten.
We continue on the trail
about a kilometer and half
to the well-known Yehudia ladder. It is a 12-meter ladder descending
waterfall directly into narrow pool 20 meters long.
And more challenge awaits
at the end of the pool, a
small cliff from which we descent using iron steps to another pool.
In front of the ladder
queues of hikers line up
putting their equipment in nylons as best as they can improvise, from
sealing bags threw giant garbage bags to one-use nylon gloves for
phone protection against the water.
Crossing this little
extreme park is not as
frightening as told by the older hikers apparently because that 20
the ladder want here.
After crossing the pool
and getting our gear out of
the nylons we meet Dutch tourist and join together for the trail to
Yehudia and the “paradise” pool.
The road to the paradise
pool stretches to 3
kilometers and crosses the trail crossroad of green and red (the green
up to the Yehudia village) it pass threw magical pools that in any
were first class attraction but in the lower Yehudia all hikers
directly to the paradise pool and they know why.
After the 3-kilometer
trail and about 2 liters of
sweat we come to the decent to paradise pool threw waterfall pouring
happily on the waterfall side small iron holdings are installed to ease
climbing down and prevent slipping on rocks.
The pool as can be hinted
by its name is a magical
place of about 40 meters diameter, to which flows water fall (from
which we got
here) 4 meters high and on its north side up from the cliff hidden
its water to create refreshing shower on the pool north bank.
After refreshing in the
pool and watching the
youths jumping from the cliffs to the pool, and of course Michael
the fishes (pretty big to admit the truth) we decide due to the heat to
to the park threw the green trail which we passed on our way here (this
is less steep then this on the end of lower Yehudia).
We go back to the trail
crossing and start the
accent threw the green trail leading to the Yehudia ruins in which we
the hike at the morning. The accent is done on army routine – from tree
to the next and drinking a lot under each tree.
After the accent happy
but tired we pass threw the
Yehudia village ruins, and pass the cows herding here – and only
planning to grill them.
trip summary : upper Yehudia and on
till the paradise pool and back the Yehudia village.
: hard the rougth terrain the heat the
"extreem" park and the accent make this hike hard.
month of trip : august
: hike in wild and amazing view with cool
pools on the way best to hike on spring time but also possible on cool
key words: Yehudia stream, Yehudia
village, Yehudia waterfall , paradise pool
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