Pinsteps. Ancient Ein Handak Irrigation System and Hiking Trails Guide
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The hollow further along the path forms an integral part of the ancient Ein Handak irrigation system. This system features two intricately carved conduits designed to collect water from subterranean springs. These conduits lead the water into a network of underground channels, directing it towards Ein Handak, which lies at a strategic confluence of three hiking trails:

  1. Descending the Green Path to the "Little Wall": Starting from Ein Handak, hikers can follow the trail marked in green towards the "Little Wall." This route descends through the wadi, crosses Route 386 via an underpass, skirts the Nahal Sorek, and climbs towards Steph's springs and orchards.

  2. Ascending the Green Trail to the "Springs Trail": Alternatively, adventurers may opt to ascend along the green-marked trail towards the "Springs Trail." This path unveils additional mountain springs and leads to the cultivated plots nestled at the ravine's base.

  3. Exploring the Surrounding Reserves: The vicinity includes the Horvat Saadim Reserve, Aminadav Forest, and the area near Kennedy. A trail emerges from a ditch near the Hadassah pedestrian path, heading towards Ein Kerem. Along the way, small dams in Nekave aim to elevate the water level flowing towards a uniquely carved socket, its base elevated above the surrounding ground. Further down the ravine, about 400 meters from Ein Handak, stands Israel's largest terrace. Measuring 43 meters in length and 11 meters in height, it's constructed from massive limestone blocks, earning it the moniker "The Little Wall."

The term "Khandak," Arabic for a moat or excavated site, aptly describes the area around the spring, underscoring its historical significance and engineering marvel. For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, please note:

  • The trails are intended for pedestrian use.
  • For safety reasons, descending to the pool is strictly prohibited to prevent the risk of collapse.
  • Visitors are urged to maintain the cleanliness and integrity of the site.

This area's rich history and the sophisticated irrigation system, one of the most advanced in the Jerusalem mountains, highlight the ingenuity of ancient civilizations. With a total length of approximately 100 meters, the underground channels demonstrate remarkable engineering prowess. As you explore Ein Handak and its surroundings, you're invited to tread lightly and respect the delicate balance between preserving history and enjoying the natural beauty of the region.

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Ein Kerem around Hadassah

Embark on a picturesque walking tour that marries gentle strolls with invigorating hikes, starting from the charming village of Ein Kerem on the outskirts of Jerusalem. This journey isn't just a trek; it's an immersion into the natural beauty, history, and culinary delights of one of Israel's most storied regions.

The Beginning: Ein Kerem Your adventure begins in Ein Kerem, a village that seems frozen in time with its stone houses, art galleries, and lush gardens. Known for its biblical significance and home to significant Christian sites, Ein Kerem serves as the perfect prologue to your journey through Jerusalem's mountains.

The Trail: From Ein Kerem to Nahal Sorek From the tranquility of Ein Kerem, the trail transitions into the rugged landscapes of Nahal Sorek. This part of the hike will challenge your muscles and reward your senses, as the terrain becomes more demanding. Nahal Sorek, mentioned in biblical texts, offers not only a journey through nature but also a voyage back in time. As you navigate its paths, you're tracing the steps of countless others who have traversed these lands for millennia.

The Israel National Trail Your path intersects with sections of the Israel National Trail, a trail that snakes through the entire country, from the Lebanese border in the north to the Red Sea in the south. This segment provides a unique perspective on Israel's diverse landscapes, showcasing the ecological variety and the seamless blend of history and modernity.

Return Loop: Ein Handak and Ein Kerem Springs The trail loops back towards Ein Kerem, guiding hikers through Ein Handak and past the refreshing springs of Ein Kerem. These natural water sources, nestled in the Jerusalem mountains, offer serene spots for reflection and a well-deserved respite from the day's exertions. The sound of flowing water and the shade of ancient trees create an oasis of calm, inviting you to replenish before the final leg of your journey.

The Culmination: Mala Bistro Your trek concludes where it began, in Ein Kerem, but the experience is far from over. The final stop is Mala Bistro, a gastronomic gem that promises to satiate your hunger with culinary masterpieces. Here, in the heart of this picturesque village, you'll enjoy dishes crafted from the freshest local ingredients, each bite a reflection of Jerusalem's rich cultural tapestry. The restaurant's intimate setting and thoughtfully prepared cuisine offer the perfect end to a day of exploration and discovery.

Reflections This walking tour with its hiking parts is more than just a physical journey; it's an exploration of the soul of Jerusalem and its surroundings. From the historical depths of Ein Kerem to the natural beauty of Nahal Sorek and the culinary delights of Mala Bistro, you're invited to experience the essence of this ancient land in a day. The breathtaking views, the challenging and rewarding paths, and the finale of exceptional cuisine at Mala Bistro encapsulate the spirit of adventure and the richness of Jerusalem's mountainous landscape.

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