Richtis Gorge is a 9.0 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kavoussio, Crete, Greece that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.0 km Elevation Gain: 380 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips


bird watching






wild flowers





over grown



Richtis Gorge Trail can also be a loop if you use the farm road running in parallel to it. It is accessible all year, but a lot easier to walk from April to October.

10 months ago

chaussures imperméables indispensable pour les différentes traversées du ruisseaux et les maladroits

Sat Dec 22 2018

This is a gorgeous in in and our trail. We have two kids 11 and 14 and they had no trouble with the hike. It took us just under 4 hours with a few stops along the way. The view along the way and beach rocky shore at the end are worth it. We did this hike late December and it was wet but nothing we couldn’t handle with waterproof shoes.

Wed Apr 04 2018

Der trail ist auf kreta

Mon Jul 10 2017


Tue Apr 25 2017

If you choose to hike Richtis, hike 'up', DON'T hike down. By this, I mean start at the beach, not at the trail head. You can do this by putting "Richtis Beach" into your car's GPS. Then you can start at the end where the trail is actually maintained. While not entirely impassable, the higher portion of the trail is nearly entirely grown over and you need to be willing to rock hop down the stream itself until you reach more passable portions, which still are not all that passable. There will be scrambling over steep, wet, smooth rocks - with deep pools of water below you if you're lucky. There are also a couple of water traps that you need to be mindful to not fall into - deep water, at the bottom of a deeper, smooth-wall hole, no way to get put without rope and an able body partner to rescue you. These are the higher portions of the trail. The lower portions - hiking up from the beach, before you reach the largest water fall - is well maintained, and the trail is pretty well marked and safe. If you choose to venture passed the steep, tall, old, wooden stairs that lead to the top of the waterfall, know that the trail only gets more hazardous the further up you go. There are a couple old, abandoned stone houses along the trail, but you have to really want to see them. If you really want to see the stone bridge, hike down from the trial head - it's easy and on paved road until the bridge - then turn around and go to the beach. DON'T SWIM IN THE RIVER. If you go to the top, you'll see a ton of run off from the farms there (citrus, root vegetables). Best case is manure, worst case is chemical fertilizer. You probably don't want to swim in it either way. Trash up stream too.

Sun Oct 21 2012

Great hike through a Cretan "jungle". Unique scenery for eastern Crete which tends to be very dry. Not difficult at all (had to climb over a couple of boulders but that's pretty much it) and with lots of variety. Old watermills, wild flowers and herbs, LOTS of plane trees, the waterfall and the beach at the end. Took over 600 pics as the gorge is -almost- entirely shaded which gives lots of opportunity for interesting high contrast pics as the light passes through the vegetation.

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