Mount Avnon Lookout – Stunning Views of HaMakhtesh HaGadol

Mount Avnon is located on the edge of HaMakhtesh HaGadol (Makhtesh Yeruham). And from Mount Avnon Lookout, you can see the whole big crater.

Map

Mount Avnon is located about four km from Yeruham. And while driving from Yeruham on road #225, you will see a sign pointing to the left.

Interactive map of the area:

And here is a photo of a map of the HaMakhtesh HaGadol:

Map of HaMakhtesh HaGadol
Map of HaMakhtesh HaGadol

You can see Mount Avnon and the top of the map.

The Road to Mount Avnon Lookout

Any car can reach Mount Avnon Lookout, but the road is not the best (you can see the road in the following image). On the way, you will see the remains of Petroleum Explorers Camp. And you continue driving along the black trail.

The Road
The Road

At the end of the road, by the edge of the crater, you will find parking.

The Parking
The Parking

Opening Hours

Always open. But keep in mind there are no artificial lights.

Entrance Fee

Free.

The Lookout

From the parking, you can follow the black trail to the lookout.

The trail to Mount Avnon Lookout
The trail to Mount Avnon Lookout

You can also go to any point on the edge of HaMakhtesh HaGadol to get a similar view, but Mount Avnon Lookout has two benefits.

Mount Avnon and the Parking
Mount Avnon and the Parking

First of all, as you can see in the next photo, there are railings. It was vital for me since we visited with kids.

Mount Avnon Lookout
Mount Avnon Lookout

Secondly, Mount Avnon Lookout is not located at the top of the edge (there are stairs down). Thus it is less windy there.

Mount Avnon Lookout
Mount Avnon Lookout

And here are several views of HaMakhtesh HaGadol from Mount Avnon Lookout:

HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
Panorama of HaMakhtesh HaGadol
Panorama of HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol
HaMakhtesh HaGadol

Summary

Mount Avnon Lookout is a lovely place, and I recommend stopping there if you pass in the area. A visit to the lookout will not take much time, but it will allow seeing the whole HaMakhtesh HaGadol. Moreover, many people recommend visiting during sunrise. The light will be beautiful during sunrise, and there is a chance of cloud surfing.

There are many attractions in this area, and you can explore them using the interactive map above.

Have you visited Mount Avnon Lookout? Tell us in the comment below about your experience.

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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