About the track: a 5-kilometer trip, for families of experienced walkers with children of the age of 12 and older. The first part of the trip takes place on a steep upwards path. Starting point and end of the trip: the MAHAL Recreation Area.
The Israel Trail extends from the MAHAL Memorial, and at this point it comes together with a green-marked road. First, travelers will step through a mixed forest of pine and cypress trees, alongside common oak and carob trees. At the end of April and the beginning of May, after the peak season, large groups of pink centaurea crocodylium can also be seen.
2.1 kilometers later, travelers will see a blue-marked trail on their right. They will take this road after returning from Outpost 21, which is about half a kilometer away. With some effort, travelers will go up a steep and rocky slope, bringing them to a peak, about 540 meters above the sea line. The wide peak has a sign saying that Outpost 21 used to be here. The southern edges of the peak offer a view of jeeps going up to Beit Meir. It is probably from here that the members of the Palmach Jewish fighting force watched the pine trees of the Masrek reserve. Today almost nothing remains of these trees, and only high antennas mark the spot where they once stood.
Now travelers can turn to the northern edges, sit on a bench and enjoy the incredible view of Sha'ar Hagay. Beyond it, the Latrun hills, the city of Modi'in and the coast plain with the towers of Tel Aviv can be seen. A small sign with a quote from Bab al-Wad, the famous song by Palmach poet Haim Guri, has been placed here.
Return can be done through the same way, or through the blue-marked path by which travelers passed by before. The path goes down to the great channel of the Burma Way channel and goes up to the Jeep Road. Down the road, a left turn leads about half a kilometer to the sign telling of a grinding facility that existed in the site before. From this point, it's a short walk to the MAHAL Recreation Area.
Note: the Jeep Road and the KKL-JNF forest roads in general are used by cars, bicycle riders and foot travelers.