Red Canyon

A beautiful slot canyon deep in the desert.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
2.2 km
Ascent
38 m
Descent
38 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
649 m
High Point
684 m
Gradient
Red Canyon Map

The Red Canyon is a slot canyon in the Eilat Mountains that's renowned as one of the most incredible hikes in all of Israel!

Description

"The Red Canyon gets its name from the phenomenon which occurs when sunlight hits the reddish rock that lines the canyon. It then glows with an intense reddish color," writes TouristIsrael.com. The rock is soft sandstone "that’s been carved by wind and water through the ages."

During certain times of the year, you'll even be able to see a few waterfalls in the canyon and will have to wade through water in the bottom. At other times, the canyon may be dry.

There are two different routes through Red Canyon: the green route and the black route. Essentially, the black route is an optional addition to the green route. The green route is easy and family-friendly, but the bonus SECTION on the black route requires using metal rungs embedded in the rock, via ferrata style, to climb down into a deeper section of the canyon. If you opt to stay on the green trail, this hike would simply warrant an "Easy" rating, but if you opt for the black addition, it earns its "Difficult" rating.

Sources: https://www.touristisrael.com/red-canyon-eilat/19958/ https://www.hike-israel.com/hikes/hikes-near-eilat/red-canyon-israel/

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Family friendly

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