Hike 6: Nachal Galim, Nachal Kelach, Little Switzerland
You can park either at the Anemone picnic area near the University where the University Loop begins, or at the Little Switzerland picnic area. I will describe the hike starting from the University.
After about an hour and a half from the start of the hike you will reach the intersection of the green trail with the blue trail.
Follow the blue trail up towards the left (north). Here also there are areas of the forest that burned and others untouched. After walking about an hour along the edge of the wadi you will begin to see the cliffs and gorges of Little Switzerland a head of you. The trail now enters the bottom of the wadi and there are several small cliffs to climb up. Soon you will see a wall build in the wadi ahead of you. Climb up around the wall and you will find yourself on a broad well kept path where the blue trail meets the red trail.
Follow the red trail to the left (southwest). The red trail meanders back up the mountain. There are spectacular views of the opposite cliffs, and gorge, with the Mediterranean Sea in the distance and the whole Carmel mountain range spread out before you. Soon you will pass a green trail going straight up the mountain. Continue on the red trail and after about 30 minutes you will reach the picnic area of Little Switzerland. Go up past the picnic area and there is a junction of three trial, the red trail, green trail and the black trail.
Follow the black trail markings to the left (south) toward the University. This trail goes on and off a road. After about 45 minutes you will be back at the Anemone parking lot.
Getting to the trail and back:
Take bus 37 which starts at Bat Galim and goes through the German Colony, Hadar, Central Carmel, Ahuza, and ends at the University.
Park at either the Anemone Picnic Grounds near the University or at the Little Switzerland picnic grounds.
Pictures from the Hike
In Wadi Galim, burnt on the right, unharmed on the left, Taffy on the trail.
Looking up from Wadi Kelach