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Upper Gishron Creek- creation of nature!

עודכן: 18 בנוב׳ 2020

Gishron is the southernmost canyon descending from the Eilat Mountains into the Gulf of Eilat. The Upper Gishron is an easy circular route that is a favorite among the locals. let's go!

It takes you on a leisurely two-hour walk in a riverbed, past spectacular canyons and into the colorful sandstone area. It also includes a moderate climb to an observation point from which you can see the Sinai Peninsula in all of its glory. Going back is as easy as getting there, with a pleasurable hike along the Yoash Stream.

The Gishron Stream runs adjacent to the Israel-Egypt border, a fact that inspired its name, which means "little bridge." Today, it is also marked by the massive border fence between the two countries.

The stream begins with a black trail, where you can see the archeological remains of darb al-hajj – a famous ancient road paved by the Mamluk Empire during the 14th and 15th centuries. This key path connected the Eilat and Suez gulfs and was used by Muslims on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad and the holiest city in Islam. The stream cuts into the ancient red sandstone and at the topmost part of it you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Red Sea.

Track description

From the starting point, follow the black trail through the grooves carved into the sandstone by the creek. Down the road you will see an ancient predator trap, dating back to when the area's inhabitants sought to protect their flocks from tigers, hyenas and wolves.

Further down, you will pass a small waterfall, continue along the bends in the creek and pass boulders and small stone steps until you reach a massive boulder, known as the "hyenas' dinner table." You can even see some leftover bones on it.

Continue south and you'll soon see Mount Yoash, which is easily recognizable because it has antennas at its top.

Another short walk will lead you to a waterfall about six feet tall. Continue for about 20 meters until the trail splits from the creek. Turn right and follow the blue trail for about 500 meters, to a spectacular vantage point over the rocky canyon, the Edom Mountains, and the Red Sea.

To get back, simply backtrack until you reach the path with black trail and from there back to your car at the foot of Mount Yoash.

Mount Yoash observatory

· Ask Waze to get to: Upper Gishron Creek

· Driving distance from Eilat: 15 minutes

· Best to visit during: Fall, winter and spring

· Fees: None

· Distance: 3 km

· Duration: about 2.5 hours through Gishron Creek, 15 minutes to the Mount Yoash observatory

· Essentials: Comfortable hiking shoes, at least 3 liters of water per person, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks.

We recommend not skipping the Gishron observation, which offers one of the most beautiful views in the area.

All the information, including additional tips, can be found on the Eilat Tourism Corporation website:

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