Discover the Unique Beauty of El Al Stream: A Comprehensive Guide to Hiking in Golan’s Scenic TerrainAttractions travel guide
Unraveling the Etymology of El Al Creek.
The captivating El Al stream in the southern Golan winds through the narrow Wadi Dufila canyon, colloquially known as the “Haunted Bush Creek.” This picturesque stream spans 20 kilometers, the trek through its alluring central section offering a sight to behold. Adorned with two grand waterfalls, each with their own unique charm and inviting water pools at their bases, Nahal El Al holds the title as the southernmost perennial stream in the Golan region.
The “Black Waterfall,” a beautiful basalt spectacle, cascades from an impressive height of about 8 meters. In stark contrast, the “White Waterfall” is a limestone structure that flows from an approximate elevation of 20 meters. This year-round stream and its idyllic natural pools are sightseers’ delights.
The pathway through this wondrous terrain can commence at Moshav Eliad and conclude at the parking lot adjacent to the waterfalls, near Moshav Avni Itan. Alternatively, the journey can be experienced in reverse order. Strollers can enjoy a route parallel to the stream, teeming with life throughout the year.
Exploring the Route
Embarking on this journey, you’ll descend into the stream as directed by signs, following the red-marked path through an olive vineyard, between hedgerows, and into the gorge that descends from the El Al village ruins. After crossing the gorge, you’ll encounter a picturesque viewpoint. It’s here where the stream forms a “knee,” altering its flow direction from southwest to northwest.
Continuing along the red path near the olive grove, you’ll descend a white chalk rock slope towards the white waterfall after about 500 meters. Once you near the waterfall, a staircase fashioned from railway sleepers diverts you to the pool at the base of the waterfall.
Progressing further to the Black Waterfall, you’ll resume your journey along the red-marked path, situated at the top of the white waterfall, and cross the stream. The path meanders alongside the stream, within a thicket of haunted bushes, and ascends slightly after about 500 meters. The path stays a few meters above the gorge, where the white rock gradually transitions to black basalt rocks.
As you continue your trek, ensure you follow the “transparent” marking (two white stripes with no color in the middle) towards the black waterfall. This waterfall cascades onto basalt rocks, forming a small pool surrounded by dolav trees that cast a cooling shade. Finally, return to the red trail, cross the stream’s shallow bed, and ascend a steep climb back to the parking lot in Moshav Avni Eitan.
The coexistence of a white waterfall and a black waterfall is a truly unique and fascinating spectacle. The Golan’s basalt kilhos blanket thick layers of white marine sedimentary rocks. The water first creates a waterfall as it travels beneath the black basalt rock, then continues to cut deeper until it reaches the sedimentary rocks beneath the basalt, forming a second waterfall.
Note: Swimming in the creek pools is undertaken at the swimmers’ own risk. Given the route’s length, it’s recommended to arrange transport at the endpoint. You can return to the starting point via a 3.5 km boardwalk connecting Eliad and Avni Eitan.
Travel and Safety Guidelines:
In the Golan, adherence to the marked path is critical; crossing fences or straying off the path can lead to dangerous minefields. Never venture into areas designated for army shooting training! Always pass through cattle fences at designated points, opening and closing gates as needed. Avoid climbing or cutting fences, and exercise caution when crossing or walking on roads. Overnight stays are only permitted at designated sites, and fires should never be left unattended or lit under trees. Toilet paper should not be burned, and all trash should be taken with you to preserve the natural beauty of the area.