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Snake Path is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Arad, Southern District HaDarom, Israel that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 994 ft Route type Point to Point

Hiking

Walking

Views

Rocky

No shade

Historic site

No dogs

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Getting There

Masada is a UNESCO Heritage Site and the second-most visited site in Israel, after Jerusalem. 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.

There is a large structure with toilet facilities and a cable car to the top if needed.

Step 1: Get to Israel Step 2: Join a tour Step 3: Enjoy

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Delia Medina
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I hated and loved this trail...we hike the Snake Path on June 2019, very early in the morning and we got to see the sun raising over the Dead Sea and the Judaean Hills. Strenuous and hot but worth every single step

Stone Conroy
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Hiking

Fall 2019–sunrise hike was spectacular

Eyal S. Ron
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HikingFeeNo shadeRocky

It was a comfertable day (15 C with a nice strong breeze) to climb the Snake Trail. It was a well marked trail and yet, I found the trail difficult due to its steep slop to the top. To hike to the top and return was 39 IS which included covered parking and entrance fee to the archeological digs. We paid extra 20 US and went down by the cable car. Recommended.

Sam Tucker
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Hiking

It was a grinder but worth it this morning!!!

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Anastasia Podrabinek
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HikingNo shade

Short hike, great view. Better to do early morning, before it gets too hot.

Susan Ponder
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Roy Falik
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Andrew Pollard
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RunningRocky

I did a self-supported race summiting Masada via the Snake Path 9x through the early morning to afternoon. This route is arduous, but fulfilling whether you are hiking up/down one time or multiple. 9x will give you just over 10k ft of ascent or 3,050 meters and about 25 miles or 40 kilometers. If you want the real experience, forgo the gondola ride all together. For ultra runners and those in mountain running, this is a technical, mostly single-track course that's more like stair climbing than running trail as its composed largely of stone steps. For the gravel sections, it's loose stone with embankments you can use to your advantage. You don't want to fall on the downhill on this trail as the risk of injury is real. I made the mistake of going out too hard and did not use poles on the first 4 trips. This caused my legs muscles everywhere to lock up for the remainder of the day so if you're make a serious workout out of this, slow and steady with spot on nutrition and hydration is a requirement. FYI, you'll burn through electrolytes as it's dry and hot here. Miscellaneous: - Have your receipt for the entry to the trail handy as you'll be asked for it nearly each trip - if you want to get in additional running, but more flat, try running from the trail entry to park entry- it's a long road but not flat. For zero grade I went to Arad and ran alongside the Dead Sea in town to finish my miles. - this is a very special place to run...the views are unique and beautiful - the Dead Sea couldn't be a better place to soak your legs in afterward, I had zero swelling the morning after...just start early enough so you can get into the sea before dark

Sally Wei
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Masada hike - Israel IE with Yale SOM

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Larry Van Vleet
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HikingNo shade
Jeffrey Grossman
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Awesome experience!

Aaron S
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Short. Heavy Traffic. Nice climb

Nathanael Ryerson
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amazing trail, went on it downhill in 90 degree weather. took about 35 minutes

Cindy Smies
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Hiking

Worth every step. Take extra water and a hat- all sun.

Kate Ramsey
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Amazing hike! You must go before sunrise

David S
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Hiking

Amazing

Brian Rush
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Awesome short duration intense hike. If you have not hiked or been active take the gondola instead. Take one or more water up with you and the same amount goi ng down. If planning to walk down after hiking up be sure to take a good break of 60 minutes. I made it up in 31 and down in 21. I took one shade/water break early and a few quick water breaj s up, sat with a man for a minute who almost turned back about 2/3 of the way butf I heard he finished after an hour. it was about 95*F when I hiked Mesada. I'd love to do it again some day. Be ready, and if hiking back down be sure footed and know your quads will get a good workout. Bring water!

Регина Фрошгейзер
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Hiking

Amazing track

Bruce Warren
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Hiking

Current favorite trail I've done. I went, mistakenly, at midday which made it that much harder, but the ruins at the top make it very worthwhile. Took the tram down.

Sam G
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Hiking

Beautiful for sunrise hike!!

Jeremy D
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Done in 35min, start early

Jess K
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Hiking

I did this hike 2 years ago on a spur the moment decision. I was waiting in line to go up the tram and 2 of my friends decided they were going to hike it so I decided to join them. I had never hiked any kind of mountain previously. I would say that at this time I was not in the best shape and I struggled a lot with this climb. I completed it and was so proud of myself. I will be returning in 4 months and am hoping to do this again. I am in much better shape now than I was then.

David Peterson
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Great views.

Sydney Rait
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Hiking

The hike was hard and the heat was about 102 but it was so worth it. I'd do it again in a heart beat. The views, the culture, there's nothing like it.

Jesse Dugas
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Hiking

Truly a spectacular hike site for views and for culture. The hike isn't terribly long, but it is rather vertical, so young children are certainly discouraged and no pets. The top is completely open so if you're going in the summer (even arriving for sunrise) please be aware it is very warm and be sure to bring water. There are place on top to refill them. Highly recommended if you have the time.

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