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The Big Fin of the Big Crater
This trail begins in the colored sand in the crater and ends outside the crater near Ein Yirkaam. The route is not circular, so you will need at least two vehicles.
From the parking lot, walk south (cross the highway) along the black trail. Follow the black trail up the creek bed. Climb up the side of the creek bed using the handholds attached to the rocks to the lookout point. From that point, continue climbing along the red trail (connection with the Israel Trail) to the summit. From the summit, there is a relatively steep descent. After that descent, you will go through a tunnel under railroad tracks and continue along the red trail to the parking area.
The crater is a beautiful natural wonder unique to this region. There are seven craters in the world and five of them are in Israel. The other two are in the Sinai Desert. The Big Crater is the oldest of these craters, but not the biggest.
To get to the starting point:
From the Chetzbah Field School, travel northward. At the Arava Junction, turn left toward Dimona (Route 65). At Rotem Junction (after the Nuclear Research Center), turn left. Travel for another 56 km and then turn right toward the crater and park in the Colored Sands parking lot.
To get to the end point:
From the colored sands, turn left out of the crater and then right at the intersection. Travel another 555 m and then turn left at the sign for Ein Yirkaam and Maaleh Palmach. Park there.
After this hike, we recommend that you visit Ein Yirkaam.