Beginning in Merkaz Hacarmel and ending in Kfar Samir, Nachal Siach follows this luscious green valley all the way down the west side of the Carmel. The British Mandate in Palestine zoning rules for Haifa required that every new development be built on the ridges, leaving the valleys open and green. The site is open to the public and recommended for a short family hike. The hike is easy, about 2 kms long and takes 1-3 hours. The rocks can be slippery after rainfall. The water in the pools is not potable. Entrance is free. There are no life guards at the Persian Garden pool.
Pinchas Cohen, the first guide in Israel
Wadi Siach is the birthplace of hiking and trailblazing in Israel. Pinchas Cohen founded the Avtalia School, the first Hebrew-speaking school in Haifa which later became the Reali School. Cohen taught Nature at the Reali for 35 years. Under his leadership his students formed Agudat Hameshotetim, later to become the Israeli scout movement. Graduates of Hameshotetim founded the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, Machon Avshalom and Mosad Ben Zvi. Among his student was Zev Vilnay, famous Israeli geographer. The first nature hikes in Israel were led by Pinchas Cohen here in Nachal Siach.
Elisha’s Spring (Ma’ayan Elisha) , according to Christian tradition.
Carmelite (Catholic) Crusader Church
Christian monks practice solitary retreat in various caves in the valley near the church and monastery.
Built by Aziz Khayat, head of a wealthy Arab family in Haifa for recreation. Here he entertained British Mandate officials.