7 Ein Koves – Migdal
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Yotam hat einen Link geteilt. Few months ago, during (one of) my vacations back to my dearest girlfriend, family and friends in Israel I met Christian. Maayan and I stopped the car near the Sea of Galilee to this hiker it was badly rainy and we offered him to join our ride, he kindly refused but then Maayan suggested to give him a chocolate bar at least . Not only he took it and thanked us - he started to shed a tear. This powerful moment, showed Christian and us that anywhere you are you will always can find a person that will smile and be kind to you. Christian who isn't Jewish but LOVES Israel told us that everywhere he traveled in Israel he was happy to see that the Israelis are so warm and welcoming. Today I found his blog by mistake and right away our picture-hat's why I'm sharing this story now. Christian Seebauer, It was a pleasure to be another pitstop on your hiking on Israel National Trail
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Maps 5, 6. Drinking water: 4-5 liters. No place to refill water on the trail. The water in Nahal Amud is not suitable for drinking or for purification.
From Safed take a taxi back to Ein Koves (0.0, 500). Hike on the blue trail down to Nahal Amud, turn left (0.9, 380), and continue south on the black trail. In winter the rocks are slippery, so take extra caution. After about a mile, a metal ladder takes you back down to Nahal Amud. Nahal Seter and a blue trail join from the west (2.5, 240). Hike on the east side of Nahal Amud through an olive grove. Return to Nahal Amud (3.4, 165) and continue south. After you cross the water several times arrive at a cattle gate, go through it and hike on a 4X4 dirt road (5.7, 75). The black trail ends, pass two cattle gates and hike on the blue trail until you arrive at route 85 (6.9, 50). Use the underpass to cross route 85. If it is flooded use extreme caution when crossing the very busy road. This is the end of the upper Nahal Amud section.
After passing under route 85, make a left turn south in Nahal Amud. The vegetation here is abundant in winter and springtime. Look out for cows – I almost hit one while hiking – she was 2 feet from me before I was able to see her. After about 0.5 km you will be hiking at sea level (8.3, 0) and further down you arrive at two sets of concrete stairs on the east and west sides of Nahal Amud (10.8, -95). Neither of them is the „Stairway to Heaven.“
The stairs access the National Water Carrier of Israel (Hebrew: Ha’Movil Ha’Artzi). It was the major water project in Israel in the 20th century. Its main task is to transfer water from the Sea of Galilee to the center of the country and to ensure efficient use of water and regulation of the water supply in the country. The National Water Carrier connects the Sea of Galilee to Israel’s water system. Most of the waterworks in Israel are linked to the National Water Carrier, the length of which is about 130 kilometers (81 miles). The Carrier consists of a system of giant pipes, open canals, tunnels, reservoirs, and large-scale pumping stations. The project was completed in 1964. You are standing just above the pipe leading from the Sea of Galilee to the Zalmon and Eshkol water reservoirs. The water is pumped from the Sea of Galilee up to the mountains on the east side of Nahal Amud at an elevation of 120 m above sea level. The water flows to the Zalmon reservoir, which is about 15 kilometers west of here. From there it is pumped and then it flows towards the Eshkol Water Reservoir, near Alon Hagalil. The main pumping station from the Lake of Galilee is west of Capernaum.
Continue south for another 1.5 km. „The Amud“ (pillar) after which Nahal Amud is named stands tall (~20 m) on your right (12.4, -125). It was created by erosion. Continue south, and cross the bridge under route 8077 (12.9, -135). After another kilometer the black trail in the last section of Nahal Amud, goes east to the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). You make a right turn south on the INT. Along the way you’ll spot basalt stones that mark the Jesus trail initiative. Continue south and cross Nahal Zalmon (15.1, -160) and a blue trail. Arrive at the entry road to Migdal (16.6, -185). The village was founded in 1910 as an agricultural farm. Joseph Trumpeldor (from Tel Hai) lived here too. Camping is permitted on the shore of the Kinneret; B&B in Migdal
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