The Lake Parking Lot – Visitors Guide to beloved spot on Carmel

The lake parking lot, also known as the disappearing lake, is a popular picnic spot on Carmel. It is also a starting point for many trails.

Offers:

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Map

The lake parking lot is located in Mount Carmel National Park and Nature Reserve, not far from Beit Oren. The easiest way to reach it is by entering its name into Waze.

Interactive map of the area:

Entrance Fee

Free.

Parking

Free parking.

Opening Hours

Always open.

Picnic and Barbeque

Lake parking lot is a popular place for having picnics and barbeques. I held a barbeque several times, and this place has all the needed facilities. There are restrooms, water taps, shaded picnic tables, nearby trails, and the disappearing lake.

The Lake Parking Lot
The Lake Parking Lot

The Disappearing Lake

As mentioned above, the lake parking lot is known as the disappearing lake. Oren stream passes near this parking lot. And after rains, an artificial pond built by the Nature and Parks Authority becomes full. This seasonal lake can be seen in winter and spring. Hence it was called the disappearing lake.

Cell Phone Reception

Before going over trails, I want to mention that we did not have cell phone reception during our visits. As a result, digital hiking maps were useless. Thus bring hiking paper maps.

For additional info about hiking maps, see: Overview of Israel Hiking Maps.

Trails

There are various trails by Oren stream and the lake parking lot. Let’s go over the most popular routes.

Here is an interactive map from israelhiking.osm.org.il, where the trails are marked:

And here are the details of the most popular trails:

#NameColor of the Trail on the Map aboveDescriptionDistance (km)Total climb and descent (meters)Notes
1Mishmar HaCarmel loop trailGreenTake the red trail from the lake parking lot. Then switch to the green path and return using the blue and black trails.2.4134You can make this trail a little longer by visiting Kdumim Quarries and Carmel fire monument.
2The lake parking lot and Carmel fire monumentBlueStart with the red trail and then switch to the green and black paths to visit Kdumim Quarries and Carmel fire monument.1.698It is a one-way track suitable if you have more than one car (or will be hitchhiking).
3Long loop trailRedTake the red trail to the ruins of Horvat Rakit. Continue with the red path till Mount Shokef. Then use the blue track to reach Alon spring. And using the green and red trails, return to the lake parking lot.7.36523It is an example of a loop trail. Since there are many paths, you can create your track.

Notes:

  • “flooding is a danger in winter, spring, and fall. Follow weather reports and do not walk in streambeds or cross them in cloudy weather. On rainy days be careful of slipping.”
  • As mentioned above, we did not have cell phone reception during our visits. Thus bring hiking paper maps.

Since we mentioned the Oren river, another popular option is the loop Finger Cave Trail. And you can find additional trail options at Little Switzerland.

Trails at The Lake Parking Lot
Trails at The Lake Parking Lot

The Red Trail

I will describe a short hike we did during Passover vacation in this section. We took the red path from the lake parking lot and headed towards Alon spring.

Red Trail at The Lake Parking Lot
Red Trail at The Lake Parking Lot

You can walk as much as you want or till your kids start to complain and return to the starting point.

Red Trail at The Lake Parking Lot
Red Trail at The Lake Parking Lot

Another plus of a short trail is that you can combine it with a picnic.

The Red Trail
The Red Trail

At the end of March, the lake was almost dry. You can see part of the disappearing lake in the background of the next photo.

Oren Stream
Oren Stream

The red path crosses the stream and continues on the other side.

Oren Stream
Oren Stream

It took us about ten minutes to reach the lake.

The Disappearing Lake
The Disappearing Lake

Though there is little water, the vegetation is still green and lush. Thus Passover suits for hiking.

Here are several additional photos from that hike:

Hiking along Oren Stream
Hiking along Oren Stream
The Red Trail
The Red Trail
The Red Path
The Red Path
Remains of an old mill
Remains of an old mill
Remains of an old mill
Remains of an old mill
Eurasian jay showing the way
Eurasian jay showing the way
The Green Trail
The Green Trail
Mount Carmel National Park and Nature Reserve
Mount Carmel National Park and Nature Reserve
Mount Carmel National Park and Nature Reserve
Mount Carmel National Park and Nature Reserve
Mountain climbers
Mountain climbers
Mount Carmel National Park and Nature Reserve
Mount Carmel National Park and Nature Reserve

Completing this part of the trail took us less than an hour.

Oren Stream
Oren Stream

Summary

The lake parking lot offers facilities for barbeques and various lovely trails. Therefore, it is one of the popular spots at Carmel Nature Reserve.

Have you ever visited the lake parking lot? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

   

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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Lev Tsimbler

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