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Psiloritis is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Episkopi, Crete, Greece that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,919 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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There is a cabin-type shelter at the trailhead without any real amenities. From the parking lot you can already catch a view of Psiloritis and the entire trail. The entire trail is completely open with no tall vegetation. It is possible to stay within the shade of the surrounding mountains when hiking outside of the hours just before and after noon as the portions of the trail tuck into the surrounding terrain. It can be very chilly inside the shade when the wind comes over Psiloritis then sinks onto the trail. The climb picks up after just the first 0.1 miles of the trail and remains fairly consistent in steepness. There is an overlook about a mile in that offers a brief break before the steep grade continues. Large rocks line the lower portions of the trail but remains very uneven with smaller and sometimes jagged rocks sitting on top. The trail offers an increasingly good view over the north mountains as you ascend through relentless mini switchbacks and eventually the northern coast. Throughout the ascend you retain the complete view back towards the parking lot as a reminder of just how much (or little) you have climbed. After about a mile and a half, the trail makes a gradual right turn to join another trail coming from the left and skirts by the peak of Agathias. The remaining mile levels out just a little bit, and also becomes very exposed and often incredibly windy once you come out of the north side of Agathias. You will be rewarded with an uninterrupted view of both the northern and southern coast at this point. Once you peak, another long stone hut awaits and offers a break from the relentless wind as you enjoy a snack and the panoramic view at the tallest point on the island.

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rocky
9 months ago

Interesting trail with beautiful views. I recommend taking warm clothes, because at the top very cold and windy. Small stones on the road are bed for running, so I recommend this trail if you like to walk.

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