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Introducing the Galilee Hiking Club

The Jesus Trail team is excited to announce the launching of the Galilee Hiking Club, a chance for virtually anyone to get a taste of trekking through northern Israel’s back country. Starting every Thursday and Sunday (and probably some Saturdays), groups will meet up at the Fauzi Azar Inn in Nazareth and head out on a day hike.

The hikes are led by a volunteer who knows the route, so even those without experience in navigation can join in the adventure. If you’re a visitor to the region, there’s no better way to get a feel for the land than to hike it. If you’re a pilgrim, hiking recalls ancient times when everyone from Abraham to Jesus got around on their feet. If you’re a local, you may learn about a new route, valley or mountaintop you never knew about. We hope the experience will foster friendships between local people and internationals.

Whoever you are, you’re welcome to join us on a hike – don’t worry about getting lost or figuring out logistics, and the only costs are for transportation to and from the hike (public bus and occasional taxi). The routes we’ll be hiking are some of the Jesus Trail team’s favorites, including many that aren’t in the Jesus Trail Guidebook – or in any guidebook.

A schedule is posted on http://hikingclub.jesustrail.com with the dates and meeting times for each hike and details about what to bring – keep checking the schedule for updates or changes.

If you want to join us on a hike, feel free to show up the day of, but it helps us plan if you RSVP to hikingclub@jesustrail.com (if you’ve got questions, use the same address). We hope we’ll see you soon for one of our upcoming hikes!

Specifics will be posted for each hike, but generally you’ll need to bring:

  • Adequate footwear (sneakers, hiking boots or sturdy hiking sandals).
  • At least 2 liters of water (some routes may require more).
  • A packed lunch and any snacks you would like.
  • Weather appropriate and modest clothing.
  • Enough money for transportation plus a little extra.
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