Right now is the perfect time to hike in Israel. Hikers love the cool, comfortable weather during the fall, and many will begin to explore the scenic paths around the Dead Sea area!
1. David’s Waterfall
Hardy hikers and families with young children can all enjoy the easiest and most accessible hike in the Dead Sea area. (It’s even wheelchair accessible at the beginning.) Nahal David is located within the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, so there are official opening hours (8am to 5pm weekdays, shorter on Fridays and weekends) and an entrance fee.
Just 30 minutes from the entrance is David’s Waterfall – a great picture spot. (You can dip your toes but swimming is not allowed.) Along the way you’ll see plenty of ibex and hyraxes. There’s a large parking lot outside with a small cafeteria and ice cream truck.
2. Upper Nahal David (David’s Stream)
Intrepid hikers will want to do the entire Nahal David loop – a nearly five-hour hike that ascends above David’s Waterfall for some of the most stunning views in the area. Our recommended route starts behind the Ein Gedi Field School. The first half hour heads up a tough mountain before reaching a narrow canyon that can only be traversed by hanging on rungs hammered into rock wall.
At the end of the canyon is a rock formation called “the window” that looks out on the Dead Sea. Double back and continue until you descend past a Chalcolithic-era temple and into the Ein Gedi spring, exiting through the entrance gate. (Please pay the entrance fee; it supports the upkeep of the entire area.)