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Distance

5.33 mi

Elevation gain

1,709 ft

Technical difficulty

Difficult

Elevation loss

1,709 ft

Max elevation

1,868 ft

Trailrank

75 4.7

Min elevation

789 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

3 hours 16 minutes

Time

5 hours 18 minutes

Coordinates

1480

Uploaded

June 5, 2020

Recorded

June 2020
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1,868 ft
789 ft
5.33 mi

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near Ágios Konstantínos, Crete (Greece)

Listed this as as a difficult walk as although not particularly long, it does involve stamina and technical difficulties along with virtually no shade to escape the heat from the sun.
The walk starts with a long uphill ascent moving onto a rough way trail. You need to keep an eye out for the yellow and blue markers and note if they have an arrow showing direction to take.
The way path will eventually take you above the small village of Adrianos where you will have to negotiate yourself down a steep descent.
When you hit the village head left and follow the signs to the Gorge.
Again keep vigilant for the trail markers as they show you the way to go so that you don't end up having to drop down high heights to continue the trail.
There is little shade and the pebbles are loose and hard going to walk on.
There are two sections where you need to descent using a rope, one being over 5 meters high.
A couple of gates to pass through, as I mentioned before there is little relief from the heat of the sun and a few of the pathways are very narrow requiring a couple of detours to the sides of the gorge as opposed to carrying straight down the middle.
The signage is there to help but remain vigilant.
It is a physical demanding walk and not for the unfit. Bring plenty of water as there is nowhere to top up.
Car park

Start

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Not much space to park vehicles down this lane, so left them under the trees. Walk is nicely signposted on a Yellow and Blue sign The same colours that are used to mark the route
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Follow the concrete pathway and keep left on the first branch off pathway
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Take the right pathway

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Keep to the right shingle pathway and keep going up The path is a long uphill meandering route rising 139 meters before intercepting the off trail pathway
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Clear pathway to follow
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Typical signage to guide you

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Typical blue and yellow marker to follow, some will have arrows to show which direction to follow, others just a signage to state you are on the right path. These will be on trees, rocks and boulders throughout the walk Keep to this pathway to the left of the tree From here the track takes you up 124 meters of wild path to the top of the hill
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Off terrain from here The pathway is fairly well trodden but keep a lookout for the signage to stay on track
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Markers

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Markers
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Keep going up passing the markers on the earth pathway
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a few areas of small trees and foliage to pass through
Panorama

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There is no shade and the markers can be a little hard to spot, but generally head up
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View from top of hill

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Looking down from the top above the village of Adrianos A fairly steep track to follow down to the village
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View towards the gorge from the hill top

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Panoramic view
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getting closer to village

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Following pathway down, view of the village
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Village, nearly there

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When you get to the bottom, keep right and pass between the white house into the main village road, turn left
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Signage to gorge

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Large sign on tree to point your way Follow the pathway out of the village
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Keep to the left

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A rock with the blue and yellow sign is easy to miss, but it is on the left pathway and the correct path to take
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Fence, negotiate around it to the right

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When you get to the fence you bypass it to the right, the signage is there. follow it for a short distance and it will drop you down to the pebbled floor of the gorge
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From here you are in the gorge The pebble underfoot is not a comfortable walk many being loose and unstable The heat that is reflected from the pebbles and rocks is also uncomfortable with virtually no shade. Keep vigilant for the markers as it shows the easiest route to take, bypassing many high ledge drops
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Stunning views in the gorge

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Trail takes you through many rock that you have to jump across, slide down and pass through
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opening you have to negotiate, best doing it backwards and dropping down
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First of two rope drops

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Just a small drop here with a rope to help you get down Keep to the right when you come down as there is a large opening to the left at the bottom and you could easily miss your footing and bang your legs
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Pathway goes left there through boulders

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We stopped for lunch here. One of the few places that had shade in the whole gorge. The walk continues through the boulders. Keep a vigilant lookout for the signs and follow them otherwise you may find that if you miss them you may come to a difficult high drop or it become inaccessible If you do, just double back until you see the sign you missed. They can be difficult to spot
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Second rope descent

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This drop is roughly 5 meters, just abseil with your legs pushing against the rocks.
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A few areas where you have to go up and around to continue the route
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Looking back on pathway

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Looking back on a bit of the pathway where we had to keep to the left of the gorge and follow a narrow path before dropping back down again on to the gorge floor
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Gate to pass through

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gate to pass through, close after use
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Getting near the end, the sides of the gorge not so high now
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Typical rocks to pass through
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Continue up on the rockface to the left

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The path Continues up on the rock face to the left of the gorge
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End of gorge

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Follow path through trees and out of the gorge
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Gate to pass through

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Gate opens to the right of the pebble road coming through
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Turn left

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Through the gate and go left up the uphill concrete pathway. At this point a hard grind when your tired Continue until you intersect the main road
Intersection

Main Road

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Go left back to the parked cars approx 800 meters Finished

3 comments

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    Achilles2 Jun 9, 2020

    Hiya, Amazingly Teresa & I attempted Adrianos Gorge last week, but lost our way and had to turn back 😣 😊.

  • Photo of simon.jean.pol

    simon.jean.pol Oct 9, 2020

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Magnifique randonnée, peut être la plus belle de Crete, mais aussi une des plus difficile. Fléchage de grande qualité. A faire absolument. Randonnée difficile, passage avec corde et avec les mains.

  • toufalex Jan 1, 2022

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Très chouette randonnée, attention nous l'avons faites au lendemain d'une nuit pluvieuse, les rochers étaient donc particulièrement glissants (le 2e passage en corde peut dans ce cas être dangereux si on a pas les bonnes chaussures).

    Super bien balisé, je recommande !

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