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Ein Bokek to Massada

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Approx 50 km. Rating: difficult.

Whether you are looking for a bike ride in the desert, or for a more challenging way of visiting Massada, the Judean Desert has plenty to offer you. The following is only one of many possible day rides leaving from the Ein Bokek area. 

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Whether you are looking for a bike ride in the desert, or for a more challenging way of visiting Massada, the Judean Desert has plenty to offer you. The following is only one of many possible day rides leaving from the Ein Bokek area.
Remember that cycling in the desert can be strenuous. Make sure to start early in the morning, in order to avoid cycling during the hot hours of the day, and to finish your bike ride as early as possible before the dark.

Take with you plenty of water and a map.

 

Leave from the Ein Bokek hotel complex northbound along the waterfront of the Dead Sea. Two kilometers north, you will reach the blue marked trailhead leading west. This is the hardest part of the ride, with about a 500 meter difference in altitude.
Once you make it up to the plateau, you will overlook the whole Judean desert and Dead Sea.
Continue following the blue trail about 2 km from the top of the hill until you reach a green marked trail heading north. Head north on the green trail, crossing Wadi Mor and Wadi Rahaf. You can leave your bike and walk down the Rahaf dry river bed. In between the rocks, there are pools lying in the shade, getting refilled by flood water every year.

Continue north crossing Wadi Kanaim (Zealots), named after the people that lived on Massada and refused to surrender to the Roman Empire. Once crossing the Wadi, you will pass several ruins of the Roman League Camps from the time of the siege on Massada. Three km north of the Wadi, you will reach road #3189 leading to the Roman rampart, that was built in order to allow the Roman forces climb the mountain and end the rebellion. From here you can walk up the rampart and visit the site or continue around the fortified mountain.
Follow the “runners path” used for communication between the Roman Camps surrounding Massada. It will eventually lead you to the access road and back to the shore of the Dead Sea.
Follow road 90 south for 15 km until returning to the hotels in Ein Bokek
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