IMG_9614This morning a few of us drove to Mt. Hermon, Israeli’s highest mountain peak.  This mountain range is shared by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.  And believe it or not, Mt. Hermon has a ski resort that is open to Israelis for 4-8 weeks/year, depending on the snow cover of course.  The ski resort boasts of 5 ski lifts and 10 primary ski trails.  In Israel, the peak rises to 7,300 feet above sea level.  In Syria, the mountain rises to over 9,000 feet.

Enjoying the cloud cover below in the valley as well as the stray cow in the middle of the road on our drive up, we arrived at the base of the ski resort.  We took the ski lift up to the top since this is a military zone and even with a personal request of the Israel Defense Force, we were not allowed to hike up the ski trails.  Yet arriving at the top, the visibility was even better than two weeks ago. The cool temperature was a delight as well.

IMG_9631From the top, we found the Golan hiking trail.  Descending, we enjoyed the wonderful wild flowers that were now in peak season at this high elevation.  The hike down was gorgeous in every aspect.

Next time I’ll plan to hike up this trail to the top. 🙂

Enjoy the pictures from our Mt. Hermon hike.

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