We are now walking along the Hartov Spur. The path leads down to a small saddle then ascends to Har Shimshon (Mount Samson), which, on maps, bears the altitude marker 546. The landscape is simply wonderful: a Mediterranean batha (wood- and scrubland) of small carob and mastic trees interspersed with Greek sage (Salvia fruticosa mill) accompanies us on our way. On the slope near the top of the hill, a square depression resembling that of an ancient winepress has been incised into the rock. In this case, however, a course of two large bricks has been constructed at the edge of the depression for no apparent reason. All around are additional signs of ancient human activity in the form of holes and depressions in the surface of the rock.
Before us stands a steep, prominent rocky hill, with a smaller cliff face on its western flank, which faces Nahal Sorek (altitude marker 488). We make our way there along a rocky path that is, however, quite easy to negotiate. A considerable number of Israeli common oaks (Quercus calliprinos) escort us on our way at this point. Near the hill, the blue-marked path descends to the left for some distance along a rock shelf, at the end of which it turns abruptly to the left and makes its way down the cliff. Before we begin the descent, however, we should continue for another 20 meters to the edge of the precipice in order to treat ourselves to a glorious view of the wide meanders of Nahal Sorek and the full magnificent impact of the cliff face, from which the mouth of Samson’s Cave gapes at us.