Mount Meron is located in northern Israel, and parts of it have been declared a nature reserve. At an altitude of 1208 meters above sea level, it is the highest nature reserve in Israel. And you can explore it using Mount Meron Summit Trail.
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Note: there is a big parking lot near the starting point of the trail.
Interactive map of the area:
There are many hikes in this nature reserve, but the most popular is Mount Meron Summit Trail. Here is an interactive map from israelhiking.osm.org.il where it is marked:
|Name||Color of the Trail on the Map above||Description||Distance (km)||Total climb and descent (meters)||Notes|
|Mount Meron Summit Trail||Blue||Loop trail around the summit.||2.5||272||There is stunning nature and several viewpoints.|
Note: on grounds, you will be following Israel National Trail and the red track.
The official site of Mount Meron Nature Reserve does not list opening hours. And on our visits, I did not see any signs. But since there is no artificial light, I would suggest visiting only during daylight.
Picnic and Barbeque
There is a picnic area near the parking lot. There are tables, garbage bins, and running water.
Note: if you are looking for another picnic area, you can stop at Horvat Hamama on your way to the top. And to make Mount Meron Summit Trail longer, you can begin the hike at Horvat Hamama.
Sometimes you can find chemical restrooms near the parking lot.
When to Visit Mount Meron?
There are several types of hikers.
- The first type is looking for snow. January and February are the coldest months, with a daily mean of 6 degrees C. But sometimes it is snowing in December. In any case, you have to follow the weather forecasts. And here are my impressions of Snow at Mount Meron.
- The second type of person is looking for flowers. If you want to see Sternbergia Clusiana and Crocus, then you should visit during October and November. And to see other types of flowers, visit in Spring.
- The third type of hikers comes during the Summer. Since this trail is higher in the mountains, it is less hot there. For those people, I would recommend reading Summer in Israel.
I already mentioned that sometimes there is even Snow at Mount Meron (you can find additional information in the linked article). And I want to clarify that at Mount Meron, there are no related facilities. Thus you can only play with snow. And if you are going to ski, then you have to go to Hermon.
We have decided to hike Mount Meron Summit Trail. The length of the summit path is about 2.5 km, and at an average pace, it takes around two hours.
But before heading to the summit, we stopped at Horvat Hamama.
At Horvat Hamama, you can find parking, a camping area, and a picnic area.
Mount Meron Summit Trail
Meron nature reserve is the largest nature reserve in northern Israel. Rain is abundant at this height (as well as an occasional snowfall). Thus it ensures a wide variety of flora and fauna, which makes it a pleasant and convenient place to visit throughout the year.
There is a wide choice of options for nature trails in and around Meron Park. The longer routes hike near Druze villages scattered around the mountain or springs and the ruins of formerly populated areas. But there are shorter routes too, just long enough to enjoy the feeling of being up in the clouds, walking through lush natural forests overlooking the whole of the Upper Galilee region.
From the parking lot at the summit, walk along the summit path, which skirts around the top of Mount Meron. The trail follows the red signs placed there by Nature and Parks Authority.
Most of the route takes you through dense forest, typically Mediterranean.
You can find several observation platforms along the route (Safed Observation Point, Lebanon Observation Point, Mountain Observation Point).
One important tip is to bring warm clothes. The higher it is, the colder and windier it will be.
Towards the end of the trail:
As you can see from my photos, we enjoyed nature. And the track is not challenging and suitable for families.
There are many nearby attractions, and here are several suggestions:
- Amud Stream Nature Reserve
- Yehiam Fortress National Park
- Tel Hazor National Park and Hazor Antiquities Museum
- Korazim (Chorazin) National Park
- Sea of Galilee and all the nearby attractions
You can explore additional points of interest using the interactive map above.
Overall it is a short and nice trail (suitable for families). Due to the height, the flora is different. And you are feeling like in another country. Moreover, there are tables for a picnic. Thus you can combine this short track with lunch.
Have you visited Mount Meron? Tell us in the comment below about your experience.
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.