UPDATE (MARCH 24, 2011):
This section of trail has been re-blazed as of March 2011, connecting the old road to the lower, new road with a continually marked trail. The marked route then turns right on the new road paved entrance road to Nebi Shu’eib (lined with palm trees), then east downhill to the T on Road #7717, where it turns left to connect to a blue-blazed 4×4 road that passes on the north side of the mosque and around the Arbel Valley.
It is still possible to make the shortcut to the ruins of the mosque from the village of Hittin, but there may be cattle in the field and/or some fences to negotiate.
Due to the construction of a new access road to Nebi Shu’eib, a detour must be made from the marked Jesus Trail route on day 3. This detour also fixes the added distances of back-tracking along the old access road to Nebi Shu’eib, saving a distance of approximately 2 km.
The detour is clearly shown on the map on the JPG file attached to this post, or can be downloaded at http://jesustrail.com/downloads/NS_detour.jpg. Copies are also available at the Fauzi Azar Inn in Nazareth.
DETOUR DETAILS: After descending from the Horns of Hattin on the blue trail, turn right on the old road and then left downhill (leaving Jesus Trail blazes) before the first cactus to cut down to the new road. Follow faint footpaths through the olive grove to where the grade meets the level of the new road. Cross the divider and turn left and walk on the sidewalk. Enter Nebi Shu’eib through the new gate or cut down to the blue 4×4 trail near the new entrance gate where the fence along the sidewalk ends. Resume Jesus Trail blazes on the blue 4×4.
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