The beginning of the Jilabun stream drains the area at the foot of Mount Avital (1,204 m [3,950 f] above sea level) and Mount Shifon (977 m [3,205 f]), amongst the highest of the Golan’s inactive volcanoes. These tributaries converge into one main river. Due to the height difference between the Golan Heights and the Hula Valley, Jilabun is an impressive canyon with vertical rock walls, waterfalls, and pools.
Hiking in the Golan:
We will hike from Hurbit Nabuwiya, ruins of a Jewish home from the time of the Hashmonaim, through the typical volcanic lava stone of the Golan into an amazing canyon where we will come to the famous Devorah waterfall, the second-highest waterfall in Israel. There is a huge natural pool of spring water at the base of the falls where you can go wading or swimming. From there we continue hiking in the canyon past an amazing lava cave, which is basically a huge bubble of gas in the lava that formed a cave when it cooled.
Into the Wilderness:
We continue hiking the canyon following and crossing the stream, passing several ancient flour mills that used the power of the flowing stream to grind wheat. Parts of the canyon are so wild that it feels like we are walking through a tunnel of foliage. This is a beautiful, all-day hike that is just challenging enough to be a very satisfying and fun-filled hike!
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