Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Join Me on the Judean Hills

photos by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

A few friends recommended a back way to Jerusalem to avoid morning traffic.  The route they recommended turned out to be a winding mountain road through the Judean Hills, via the Soreq Nature Preserve (noting hiking trails for “fit hikers only”).

It’s possibly the most beautiful road I’ve driven in Israel…


The road meanders up and around the mountaintops, and down through the valleys.  It’s literally a mountain-edge road, no shoulder and a guardrail protecting you from a long nasty drop into a forested mountainside.


In the far distance is Jerusalem…


That’s Har Nof on the left and Ein Kerem on the right.  The road continues to Ein Kerem.


The southern train line to Jerusalem (the only train line to Jerusalem right now, the northern line is 2-3 years from completion) is cut through the valley.  It runs from Tel Aviv to Lod to Ramla to Beit Shemesh to Jerusalem Malcha mall.  (The northern line will go from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport to Modiin to Mevetzeret Tziyon to Jerusalem.)


The majority of the area is a nature preserve, but as the sign says, for ‘fit hikers only’ and bring along 5 liters of water.  Thanks, I’ll stick with the drive.



Just beautiful.  Reminded me of driving to Bear Mountain in upstate New York.


  1. Take a trip from Beit Shemesh to Gush Etzion through Emek HaEla.

    The Nachal Soreq road is very nice, but Emek HaEla is also very beautiful (much more in my opinion).

  2. Oh, is that so beautiful. I immediately thought about the train ride I took many years ago from Yerushalayim to TA (Bnei Brak). I so enjoyed the leisure and countryside; just like the harim in your photos.

    Thank you so much for the chizuk.


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