Finger Cave – Short Loop Track at Carmel Mountain

Finger Cave Trail

There are many trails on Mount Carmel, and Finger Cave is a lovely loop and short trail that leads you to a stunning cave.


Finger Cave Trail starts at the Nahal Oren parking near Oren junction. It is located several kilometers from the intersection of roads #721 and #4. And the easiest way to get there is to enter “Finger Cave” to Waze.

Directions for drivers: Link to Waze and Link to Google Maps
Directions for public transport: Link to Moovit

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Interactive map of the area:


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Here is an interactive map from where the two most popular trails are marked:

And here are the details of those tracks:

#NameColor of the Trail on the Map aboveDescriptionDistance (km)Total climb and descent (meters)Notes
1The most popular hikeBlueCircular trail2.4286This hike takes 2 – 4 hours.
2To the Finger Cave and backRedFollow the same trail in both directions0.7112Use the black trail.

Opening Hours

The trail goes in open nature. Thus you can do it anytime. But because there is no artificial illumination, hike only during the daylight.

Entrance Fee

Free. But on Saturday, parking per car costs 36 NIS.

The Hike

We started at Nahal Oren parking and continued with the black route. At some point, we switched to the Israeli National Trail.

Finger Cave Trail
Finger Cave Trail
Carmel mountains
Carmel mountains
Finger Cave Trail
The black trail at Finger Cave Trail
The black trail
The Sea

View towards Haifa (to the North):

Finger Cave Trail

This tree stump looks like some artwork was made on it. Not sure if it is human-made or created by some insects:

Finger Cave Trail

Finger Cave got its name from the shape of its opening, which looks like a giant thumb.

Finger Cave Panorama
Finger Cave Panorama

The cave is quite big and wide. You can walk in it standing upright.

View from the inside of the Finger Cave:

Finger Cave
Finger Cave


Overall, this is an excellent and relatively short hike. But, if you are out of shape, some climbs can be a little hard. The difficulty level of this route is defined as a medium.

As for most trails in Israel, I recommend hiking while it is not too hot (early mornings) and not after rain.

Stay Tuned!

For additional attractions nearby, check Haifa.


Additional Resources

Here are several resources that I created to help travelers: And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.  
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