Monday, June 20, 2016

Keshet Cave (Rainbow Cave)

Park Adamit
Nahal Betzet Nature Reserve
Galil Region

Hiking Trails:
Keshet Cave Trail: Blue blaze
Red Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 0:45 Hour
Estimated Distance: 0.6 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Points of Interest: Beautiful natural arch and good view
Cons: Ease of trail and built up areas

I had made a trip in to Israel, and while I did not have the time to do any serious hiking on this relatively short trip, I did have a chance to visit this very beautiful natural arch called Keshet Cave, which means Rainbow Cave in Hebrew. The cave is named for the arch in the shape of a rainbow, which formed from a cave that had part of the ceiling collapse but the arch part remaining intact.

The area is on the northern fringes of Israel, very close to the Lebanon border. North of the Nahal Betzet (Betzet Creek) rises a mountain ridge with a steep escarpment. The arch is located here at the top of the escarpment, and commands sweeping views of the area below, and all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.

I parked on the top after climbing Route 8993, at the parking lot in the Park Adamit. There is a paved, wheelchair access path that leads directly to the arch. Its a relatively short distance and takes no longer than 10-15 minutes to get to the arch. The arch is an amazing site to see.

After taking many pictures of the arch and escarpment views, I headed along the red path along the side of the ridge, and then cut through where the path goes back up towards the parking lot, for a short loop hike.

Map of the Route

View of the Arch

Me on the Arch

Me Posing in Front of the Arch

Me in Front of the Arch

Another View of the Arch

View from the Escarpment. Village of Yaara in the Distance.

View and Sign from Atop the Arch

View from the Arch Zoomed Out

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