Keshet Cave near the Lebanon border offers short and lovely hikes, stunning views, rappelling, and a place for a picnic. Let’s begin exploring!
Keshet Cave is located in Western Galilee, not far from Rosh HaNikra and next to kibbutz Adamit.
Keshet Cave is part of Adamit park, and to reach it, you should take road #899 and then turn to road #8993.
Map of the area:
Road #8993 towards Adamit climbs, and after nine sharp turns, you will see small parking. You can either stop there or continue with the road till you reach the big parking in Adamit park. By choosing the parking, you determine the available trails. So let’s go over the trails.
Here is an interactive map from israelhiking.osm.org.il with trail #2 marked (see the hikes table below).
The following table of the most common trails is not ordered by any specific parameter.
|#||Name||Description||Distance [m]||Total climb and descent [m]|
|1||The accessible path||There is an accessible trail from the main parking at Adamit park to Keshet Cave||700 meters (one way)||38 meters (one way)|
|2||The accessible path extended||Start with the accessible trail, and at Keshet Cave, take the red trail. Then switch to the blue path that will lead you back to the parking.|
Note: this is the most popular option.
|1.1 km||95 meters|
|3||The small parking way||Use the red trail from the small parking towards Keshet Cave||600 meters (one way)||118 meters (one way)|
|4||Adamit ruins||An easy cyclic trail in Adamit park using the blue and green trails.||1.4 km||74 meters|
|5||Rappelling||If you participate in rappelling, then you will take the black trail to return to Keshet Cave||780 meters||152 meters|
Note: these are the basic blocks, and you can combine several of them into a longer hike. For example, during our most recent visit, we started at the small parking #3 and then also went along #2.
Adamit park is open daily from 08:00 till 20:00.
And now I want to share several photos and tell a little about Keshet Cave. So first, let’s start with a photo.
Wait, where is the cave? This arch is only what remains from the ceiling of a cave which has collapsed a long time ago. And it is this remnant that is the best natural attraction in the area, especially due to the observation point overlooking the landscape around it. You can see the ridge of Rosh HaNikra, Haifa Bay, Carmel, Yehi’am Fortress, Mount Meron, and more.
Keshet means rainbow in Hebrew. The name was give due to the colorful rock formation.
The cave has been permitted for sport climbing only at the end of 2012. Since then, the site has been in rapid development, leaning on monetary donations by climbers from all over Israel.
If you are interested in rappelling, then you should find a guide in advance. And if you are wondering about the height, then it is 40 meters – the first ten meters by the rocks and then 30 meters in free air.
The ruins of Adamit belong to a small Byzantine village, and they are located in the center of the park.
Besides the ruins, you can find picnic tables, restrooms (near the accessible trail), and lovely nature.
If you want to see flowers, then late winter and spring are the best seasons for a visit.
Keshet Cave offers stunning views, a variety of short trails, and a picnic area. Therefore it is an ideal place for a family visit.
Have you ever been to Keshet Cave? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.