Monday, February 20, 2023

Mount Arbel, Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve

Near Tiberias,
Lower Galilee,

Hiking Trails:
Arbel Trail

Total Time: 1:05 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.1 Miles

Pros: Very scenic area, great scramble, historic caves
Cons: Parking Fee
Hike Type: Out and back
Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:

I was visiting family in Israel and we went up North for a visit. We were in the Tiberias area, and I heard about this great hike. This hike is above a sheer cliff above the Sea of Galilee, with historic caves along the cliff. We parked at the top and took the trail down the cliff, negotiating over the the rungs and cables to get down. After the steep and rocky descent, we went along the trail below the cliff and explored some of the caves along the cliff, some of which had ladders and cables to get in.

As it was getting late, and the park was closing soon, we did not have the time to do the full loop hike and had to turn around and go back the way we came.

Map of the Route

Sheep at the Beginning of the Hike

At the Overlook

Druze Village of Hamam from the Top of Arbel

View Facing North

Arbel Cliff

Descending into the Notch

Descending the Cliff

Along the Base of the Cliff


View from the Caves

Ascending the Return

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