Bicycle tour in Ramon crater

Region: South, Trail Duration: 2-4 Hours, Starting Point: Be'erot parking in Ramon Crater, Ending Point: Starting point, Trail Type: Cycling
Source: Ministry of Tourism
Region: South
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The trail is also intended for families pedaling in the heart of the Ramon Crater. The relatively short route leads to the most beautiful corners of the crater: a natural water spring, through patches of wild herbs and spices, limestone cliffs, a mountain of sand and colorful areas. The beginning of the trail starts in the parking lot where you can fill water and leave your vehicle. From there you pedal along the oil pipeline and on the way down to Ein Saharonim and the Saharonim Stronghold. Later on, ride along the stretch of the Spice Route to the Ardon Stream and the colorful slopes of Mount Ardon. A short incline leads you to the Saharonim parking lot and from there you ride on a comfortable road back to the Be'erot parking lot. Please note that the trail is not recommended during the afternoon in the summer months.

How to Get There: Drive down from Mitzpe Ramon on Highway 40. Turn left (northeast) following the signage to Ein Saharonim and Be'erot. Drive 5 km on the dirt road marked in red, you will reach a marked trail, turn left (north) with the black signs with the signs for the Be'erot parking lot.
[1] 0.00 return (south): ride on the trail marked with black in which you came – the trail along the oil pipeline from Eilat to Ashkelon. This road was created in the 1960s, with the laying of the oil pipeline between Eilat and Ashkelon, during the time that Iran was Israel's main oil supplier. The oil arrives in the tankers to the port of Eilat and from there flows through the pipeline to Ashkelon.

The Trail 
0.20 (0.20) straight (south): junction. Continue along the oil pipeline with the black signs.
2.75 [2.55] left (northeast): junction of marked signs. Ride the path marked in green, pay attention! Carefully descend to Ramon Creek before Ein Saharonim.

[2] 4.80 (2.05) to the right (east): Ein Saharonim and Saharonim Stronghold. After a walking tour of the spring and the Stronghold continue the path marked red that splits right near the remains of the stronghold. This road is part of the famous Spice Route that crossed the desert towards the Gaza port. At the end of the route, when you descend through the palm trees, you have to get off the bike and descend a short and steep section on foot.

[3] 6.30 (1.50) left (east): Junction of marked paths. Ride up the Ardon Stream with the black signage. The stream is nestled in the sandstone and between colorful areas and creates a variety of colors and sights. Because of the sandy paths, riding in this section is a bit difficult and it is recommended to take some air out of the wheels.
8.65 (2.35) left (northwest): A junction of marked trails next to a large acacia tree. After resting by the only tree shaded area on the trail, continue up a short section with black signage.

[4] 9.15 (0.50) straight (west): Saharonim parking lot. Continue straight on a wide trail.
10.45 (1.30) straight (north-west): junction of marked trails. Continue on the main road marked with red following the signs for the Be'erot parking lot.
11.35 (0.90) left (south): junction with the oil pipeline. Ride along the oil pipeline marked with black.
[1] 11.95 (0.60): Finish at Be'erot parking lot.

Products specifications
Region South
Trail Type Cycling
Starting Point Be'erot parking in Ramon Crater
Ending Point Starting point
Difficulty Level Easy
Suitable for Children Yes
Interest Areas Wild water, nature and landscape
Hiking Maps and Topographic No. 17 , Central Arava and the Estern Highland Negev
Trail Length 12 Km
Trail Duration 2-4 Hours
URL http://goisrael.gov.il/tourism_heb2/Tourist%20Information/Tracks/Details/Pages/Ramon%20Crater.aspx
Accessibility Yes
Trail Outline Circular
Best season All year long
Suitable for Picnics Yes
Drinking water Available
Parking Yes
Bathing Waters No

The trail is also intended for families pedaling in the heart of the Ramon Crater. The relatively short route leads to the most beautiful corners of the crater: a natural water spring, through patches of wild herbs and spices, limestone cliffs, a mountain of sand and colorful areas. The beginning of the trail starts in the parking lot where you can fill water and leave your vehicle. From there you pedal along the oil pipeline and on the way down to Ein Saharonim and the Saharonim Stronghold. Later on, ride along the stretch of the Spice Route to the Ardon Stream and the colorful slopes of Mount Ardon. A short incline leads you to the Saharonim parking lot and from there you ride on a comfortable road back to the Be'erot parking lot. Please note that the trail is not recommended during the afternoon in the summer months.

How to Get There: Drive down from Mitzpe Ramon on Highway 40. Turn left (northeast) following the signage to Ein Saharonim and Be'erot. Drive 5 km on the dirt road marked in red, you will reach a marked trail, turn left (north) with the black signs with the signs for the Be'erot parking lot.
[1] 0.00 return (south): ride on the trail marked with black in which you came – the trail along the oil pipeline from Eilat to Ashkelon. This road was created in the 1960s, with the laying of the oil pipeline between Eilat and Ashkelon, during the time that Iran was Israel's main oil supplier. The oil arrives in the tankers to the port of Eilat and from there flows through the pipeline to Ashkelon.

The Trail 
0.20 (0.20) straight (south): junction. Continue along the oil pipeline with the black signs.
2.75 [2.55] left (northeast): junction of marked signs. Ride the path marked in green, pay attention! Carefully descend to Ramon Creek before Ein Saharonim.

[2] 4.80 (2.05) to the right (east): Ein Saharonim and Saharonim Stronghold. After a walking tour of the spring and the Stronghold continue the path marked red that splits right near the remains of the stronghold. This road is part of the famous Spice Route that crossed the desert towards the Gaza port. At the end of the route, when you descend through the palm trees, you have to get off the bike and descend a short and steep section on foot.

[3] 6.30 (1.50) left (east): Junction of marked paths. Ride up the Ardon Stream with the black signage. The stream is nestled in the sandstone and between colorful areas and creates a variety of colors and sights. Because of the sandy paths, riding in this section is a bit difficult and it is recommended to take some air out of the wheels.
8.65 (2.35) left (northwest): A junction of marked trails next to a large acacia tree. After resting by the only tree shaded area on the trail, continue up a short section with black signage.

[4] 9.15 (0.50) straight (west): Saharonim parking lot. Continue straight on a wide trail.
10.45 (1.30) straight (north-west): junction of marked trails. Continue on the main road marked with red following the signs for the Be'erot parking lot.
11.35 (0.90) left (south): junction with the oil pipeline. Ride along the oil pipeline marked with black.
[1] 11.95 (0.60): Finish at Be'erot parking lot.

Products specifications
Region South
Trail Type Cycling
Starting Point Be'erot parking in Ramon Crater
Ending Point Starting point
Difficulty Level Easy
Suitable for Children Yes
Interest Areas Wild water, nature and landscape
Hiking Maps and Topographic No. 17 , Central Arava and the Estern Highland Negev
Trail Length 12 Km
Trail Duration 2-4 Hours
URL http://goisrael.gov.il/tourism_heb2/Tourist%20Information/Tracks/Details/Pages/Ramon%20Crater.aspx
Accessibility Yes
Trail Outline Circular
Best season All year long
Suitable for Picnics Yes
Drinking water Available
Parking Yes
Bathing Waters No