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The Jesus Trail

Every hike is a pilgrimage, but this new path from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee is holier than most. Literally following in His footsteps, the 40-mile route immerses hikers in biblical history.
Photos by Jason Florio
To read the whole story, go to http://www.backpacker.com/the-jesus-trail-hiking-from-nazareth-to-the-sea-of-galilee/articles/16374
  • Iron rungs aid hikers on the 1,000-foot descent of the Arbel Cliffs; en route, pass the ruins of a fourth-century synagogue and a 17th-century Druze fortress built directly into the sheer rocks.
  • Waist-high wheat, thistles, and mustard thrive on the Horns of Hittim, a double-peaked hill about 1,000 feet high, where Saladin defeated the Crusaders in 1187.
  • Nazareth's historic old city
  • Day 4 includes views like this from Mount Arbel while hiking from Arbel to Capernaum
  • The route passes the remains of a Roman-era synagogue near Wadi Hamam, after descending the Cliffs of Arbel.
  • Anna Dintaman and David Landis pass a trail marker. The pair helped establish the trail with help from their Israeli partner.
  • Pilgrims to the church of the Primacy of St. Peter attend an outside service.
  • The trail ends at Capernaum, a one-time fishing village on the Sea of Galilee, and Jesus's home during his ministry.
  • Jesus Trail hikers can wash off trail dirt in the Sea of Galilee.
Iron rungs aid hikers on the 1,000-foot descent of the Arbel Cliffs; en route, pass the ruins of a fourth-century synagogue and a 17th-century Druze fortress built directly into the sheer rocks.
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Iron rungs aid hikers on the 1,000-foot descent of the Arbel Cliffs; en route, pass the ruins of a fourth-century synagogue and a 17th-century Druze fortress built directly into the sheer rocks.

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