שביל ישראל לאופניים: מצפה רמון לחאן בארות

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Metsukei HaTsinim Nature Reserve

Israel National Bike Trail: Mitzpe Ramon to Beerot is a 23.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mitspe Ramon, Southern District HaDarom, Israel that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and is best used from October until May.

Length23.6 miElevation gain2,480 ftRoute typePoint to point
Mountain bikingViewswild-flowersWildlifeRockyNo shadeHistoric site
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The Israel National Trail on Bicycle is a project still in construction. Eventually it will connect Mt. Hermon in the north with the Red Sea in the south. It is built and designated for cyclers of high standard, offering arranged accommodation at the end of each day. One of the sections already complete and open to the public is the part following the Ancient Incense Road between Mitzpe Ramon and Beerot campground (שביל ישראל לאופניים: מצפה רמון לחאן בארות). The ride begins at Mitzpe Ramon, right on the crater´s rim, and goes down and into the crater from there. It comprises a few trails that together make it an extremely joyful and fun. It isn´t all that long, but there are barely any shortcuts, so it is rated ¨medium¨, meaning a medium level of fitness is required if you want to traverse it. Riding in the desert is a very unique experience, foreign to most of the cyclists. Even if you are well travelled you will find it hard to stay indifferent to the desert´s charm and diversity, following the footsteps of old caravans with your proper two wheels. Beerot campground is an official complex at the heart of the Ramon crater, offering paid common sleep in big tents as well as little private rooms and placements for one´s own tent.

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Yaniv Leven
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