Best trails in Arad, Southern District HaDarom

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Looking for a great trail near Arad, Southern District HaDarom? AllTrails has 7 great views trails, wildlife trails, historic site trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Masada National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ein Gedi Nature Reserve or Gan Hapsalim National Park. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Arad ranging from 1.1 to 31.5 miles and from -987 to 2,043 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Arad, Southern District HaDarom
Top trails (7)
#1 - Masada Snake Path
Masada National Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Masada (מצדה) is a UNESCO Heritage Site and the second-most visited site in Israel, after Jerusalem. The Snake Path (שביל הנחש) was once the rear entrance to Masada, and consists of roughly 700 steps up the side of the mountain. Masada, the last fortress of Jewish freedom fighters protesting Roman rule, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park. Its camps, fortifications and assault ramp constitute the most complete surviving ancient Roman siege system in the world. Because of its history and the wonderful condition of its ruins, its second in popularity only to Jerusalem as an Israeli tourist destination. Herod, a Roman king of Judea, created Masada in 37-31 B.C. as a winter palace. In 66 AD it served as a fortress against a Roman attack. The snake path was a "back door" to the fortress and rarely used at the time. Today there are around 700 steps that cover 2 km, and gain 350 m (1,148 feet) in elevation. This trail is frequently completed by taking the tram back down, but you can also return the way you came or take the path down the other side of the plateau.Show more
#2 - Masada to Arad via Rahaf River
Judaean Mountains National Park
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Length: 24.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
This trail from Masada to Arad via Rahaf River (מצדה לערד דרך נחל רחף) is from the historic site of Masada, through the breathtaking Rahaf River and up the Kidud and Yeelim streams to entrance of the desert city of Arad.Show more
#3 - Masada Loop
Masada National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Masada (מצדה), the last fortress of Jewish freedom fighters protesting Roman rule, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park. Its camps, fortifications and assault ramp constitute the most complete surviving ancient Roman siege system in the world. Because of its history and the wonderful condition of its ruins, its second in popularity only to Jerusalem as an Israeli tourist destination. Herod, a Roman king of Judea, created Masada in 37-31 B.C. as a winter palace. In 66 AD it served as a fortress against a Roman attack.Show more
#4 - Arad to the Dead Sea
Arad, Southern District HaDarom, Israel
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Length: 23.8 mi
This is a bike trail which starts in the city of Arad (ערד לים המלח), and continues through the desert until reaching the shores of the Dead Sea.Show more
#5 - Mount Parsa and Bokek Stream Singletrack
Judean Desert Nature Reserve
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Length: 15.3 mi
For years there has been a great gap between the sheer potential for beautiful cycling tracks, between Arad and the Dead Sea, and the small numbers of riders who bike the area. This singletrack, around Mount Parsa and Bokek Stream (סינגל הר פרסה ונחל בוקק), is known to be very beautiful and one of the lesser known routes, which requires very little technical skills. It is recommended to push the bike up Tzuk Tamrur, and to ride the wide trails back to the starting point.Show more
#6 - Arad, Mount Kanaim, and Zohar Stream
Judean Desert Nature Reserve
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Length: 31.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is a bike route around some of the most beautiful spots in the Judean Desert. Start this trail in Arad, and continue past Mount Kanaim and ride along the Zohar Stream (ערד, הר קנאים ונחל זוהר). This route ends near the banks of the Dead Sea.Show more
#7 - Arad to Kfar Hanokdim
Arad, Southern District HaDarom, Israel
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 3 h 25 m
This trail starts in Arad and continues through the desert to Kfar Hanokdim (ערד לכפר הנוקדים).Show more