Merhav Am Loop Trail
Negev - Near Sde Boker, March 15th 2015
The hike was perfect for this time of year. The desert was in bloom, the sky was blue and the rains had filled water holes that will be bone dry a few months from now. The hike is 27 km long, has a big descent and ascent and in parts requires scrambling boulders in a dry river bed. It's perfect if you only have one car and are looking for a challenging day trip. With two 4x4 vehicles you can cut it down to a 15-20 km hike by leaving one car at the bottom of Sde Boker in Nahal Tsin but then you'd be deprived of a 300 m climb out of the wadi.
Getting there - The hike starts from a dirt road half a km east of the yeshuv of Merhav Am on road 204. This is about 5 or 6 km east of Sde Boker. Merhav Am is a very sweet religious Zionist yeshuv. If you are making this a day hike and want to start your day at a Beit Knesset you should give them a call the day before to get the details. They have put an eruv up over a huge area surrounding the yeshuv. It would probably be a great place to spend Shabbat in the desert.
If you are loking for a place to stay in Midreshet ben Gurion, I recommend that you stay at the Krivine Guest House. It is really wonderful there.