Seeking adventure, outdoor thrills, “extreme” sport, superb views? Then the hike from Har Amasa (Mount Amasa) high up in the Hebron Mountains to the ruins of Tel Arad in the low-lying desert is just the ticket. We took a cab to Moshav Amasa, and immediately hooked up with the Israel Trail. It climbed up the peak of nearby Mount Amasa where we were treated to a wonderful panoramic view of the Hebron Mountains as they lead down to the vast Judean desert and Tel Arad. We followed the Israel Trail along an ancient Roman highway which snaked its way down the mountain to the very point where mountain meets desert. It was really quite awesome to see that geological wonder with our own eyes. We then walked several more kilometers through the desert, past a Bedouin shanty town, past a lone tree (oasis?) in the middle of barrenness, and after almost 12 kilometers, we arrived at Tel Arad. As we approached it, we felt like nomads who were approaching an immense fortress in the middle of the sands as they did in the days of old. We were too tired and hot to go in and see the ruins, but my wife and I are in agreement that this one of the best hikes and views in all of Israel!
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