|Get there with Google Maps||Get there with Waze||
Hike it with Google Earth
|Distance: How far?||Time: About how long?||Difficulty: How hard?|
You read a post, and you found a hike you want to try. Great! Now what?
Maybe you see that there’s a lot of info on the post page, and you aren’t sure how to use it all. Or maybe there’s not enough info, but you assume you’ll just figure it out when you get there. Either way, here are the steps you need to take to prepare:
Step one: Before you go anywhere, read the post in detail. Make sure to familiarize yourself with what you’re getting into – whether the hike is circular or not, what season it’s good for, and whether you’ll be climbing over rocks or through mud. That way you can prepare properly.
Step two: Check the table at the top of the post. Here you’ll find the distance, approximate time, and difficulty of the hike. Hikes labeled easy are good for almost anyone. Beyond that, the difficulty level is subjective – what’s moderate for one might be super hard for someone who’s less physically fit.
Step three: Click on the Google Maps and Waze links (both in the table) from your phone so you can see where the hike is and approximately how long it will take to get there. You can also use the Google Maps link from your computer and print out driving directions that way. And if you’re relying on public transportation, use the Moovit link to find your way.
Step four: The next link to click is the “Hike it With Google Earth” link. This link is an amazing resource to anyone who knows how to use it properly!
To use it, download the Google Earth app onto your phone. Then click on the link in the table at the top of any post. Open up the downloaded file with Google Earth.
You’ll now see a map of the trail in Google Earth. Click on the three dots on the side of the screen to find your location on earth. Later, when you are on the hike, follow your location along the trail to make sure you stay on track. Using this app makes it really hard to get lost!
Step five: In some of my newer posts (and hopefully all future posts), I’ve provided a trail map. You can find this either in the Hiker’s Notes or in the table up top. Print this out to help you stay on the right path while hiking. Review the map before you go.
Step six: Use the image gallery at the bottom of the post to follow your path visually through the trail. In my newer posts, I’ve included instructions with each picture. Click to open up the images and see the directions that go with them. Update: In new posts you can access the image gallery from the table at the top. Open up the Trailhead and Markers Gallery for visual cues to find your way.
Step seven: Read through the Hikers’ Notes for any other important information you might need before you go. In some hikes, always keeping an eye on the next trail marker is super important. In others, you’ll need to stop for a map at the start of the trail. The hike notes will give you some of those details.
Remember, if you feel you are missing any important info, find it before you go. The information I’ve provided in each post is in no way comprehensive. Just doing my best to showcase some great hikes in Israel and provide a bit of instruction.
Part of hiking is making the trail yours! It’s learning how to find your way, bringing what you need to enhance your experience, and discovering new things along the trail (even if it’s while you’re wandering off of it). As long as you stay in a safe place and know how to get back to the marked path, trial and error is part of the experience. Happy hiking!