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Early Spring is a perfect time of year for this Negev hike; enjoy lush vegetation before cooling off at a desert spring.
To reach the beginning of the hike, travel south on Route 40. Turn left at Tlalim Junction, then right at Halukim Junction. Follow signs to Sde Boker Kibbutz and after three kms turn left and follow signs to Ben Gurion's grave. Park in the parking lot where there is a visitors center with hiking experts and maps.
This hike is only suitable for those in good physical condition as there a number of steep inclines.
The trail, which is marked blue, takes about 6 -7 hours and returns to the starting point in the parking lot. Beautiful vegetation leads the way for about four kms until the Akev spring where it is permitted, and fully recommended, to take a dip and cool off in the clear water….