Jerusalem Trail tour
About the Jerusalem Trail
The Jerusalem Trail was inaugurated in 2000 by a massive march. The basic concept of the decision to mark out the Jerusalem Trail was developing of the trekking culture for groups and for individuals.
Actually it was meant as a continuation for those who have already finished the Israel National Trail and wanted to keep on walking. This is one of the trails marked exactly for this purpose.
Further data about the Trail
The Jerusalem Trail extends to approximately 42 km. Its special marking is blue – gold – blue. Similarly to other trails it merges with existing local trails and at a certain point it reaches the Israel National Trail (Sataf area).
The Jerusalem Trail, unlike the Israel National Trail or the Golan Trail, is almost perfectly circular. This trail gives an opportunity to enjoy the view of the Jerusalem Mountains and also to visit numerous historic sites.
The Jerusalem Trail despite considerable marketing campaigns is, unfortunately, not a well maintained one. The markings are insufficient to say the least: one can hike on several hundreds of meters without passing one.
The marking of the trail from the Lifta exit through Jerusalem City is nonexistent. This should be reckoned with when planning the trip.
Recommendation for walking the Jerusalem Trail in three segments
- From the Sataf to the Mahane Yehuda market (Chords Bridge)
- From the Mahane Yehuda market to the Liberty Bell Park
- From the Liberty Bell Park to Ein Handaq
There are various ways to walk around and particularly on the Jerusalem Trail. Because of the abundance of sites the trail passes in their vicinity it is recommended to gather info beforehand on each of them.
Another possibility is taking to the trail accompanied by a guide.
The length of each segment according to the above suggestion does not exceed 15 km. It is therefore definitely recommended to allocate sufficient time for every site along the trail.
The second section of the Jerusalem Trail after visiting the Hebrew University on Mt. Scopus passes A-Tour and Silwan. These two Arab villages, to put it mildly, are not welcoming at all.
Therefore it is strongly recommended to take an alternative route. When arriving close to the Old City make a detour from the trail and dedicate your time to visiting its attractions.
Concluding your visit in the Old City take the Zion Gate exit and descend toward the Valley of Ben Hinom. From there continue upward to Mishkenoth Sha’ananim, where you can rejoin the Jerusalem Trail.
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