Hagai Lookout to Sde Booker

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Hagai Lookout to Sde Booker is a 9.3 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near the city of Sde Bokker, Israel that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until July. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
140 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

hiking

views

wild flowers

no shade

historic site

If you want to get to know the desert you don´t really have to go so very far and deep. This hike is very accessible and isn´t long, yet it encompasses all that the Negev has to offer. It begins with a spectacular lookout over the immensity of the desert. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Jordanian kingdom. Then you follow the path through the curious remains of a village, where you can find the ruins of ancient houses and even of an old mosque. From the village you fast-forward about a millennia and a half only to find yourself in the 20th century´s 50´s, at the cabin of Israel´s first prime minister David Ben Gurion. The cabin is now a museum dedicated to Ben Gurion´s legacy and to the story of the Kibutz. After visiting the museum you step back into the desert. Next, the path crosses an olive grove and before long you come out at a small fortress. Once an outpost on the ancient road from Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea, this dominant spot is an excellent lookout for the Negev´s scenery. The hike ends at Midreshet Ben Gurion, where you can eat and drink and catch a bus to the trailhead, to Beer Sheva and to Mitzpe Ramon. To visit Ben Gurion´s cabin an entrance fee is charged.