Climb Mount Samitos from Petrochori
The route at a glance
Route suitable for: Hiking.
Hiking on: tracks and paths created by goats (unclear in some places).
Degree of difficulty: Easy + (for experienced hikers).
Start: Petrochori village
End: Summit of Samitos, where the stone-built church of the Ascension of the Lord.
Stages: The hiking is developed in two stages. A first on a dirt road from Ptrochori to the church of Agios Antonios, and a second from Agios Antonios to the top on a path. The first section can also be done with a suitable 4X4 vehicle, following the dirt road that starts from the northern end of Petrochori towards Amari.
Special features: Lack of formal paths and presence of grids between the pastures – Rough terrain.
Drinking water point on the route: Water source a few hundred meters before the church of Agios Antonios (dirt road deviation to the west).
Realization: Any time of the year.
Spring – Summer – Autumn: Hiking or Trekking shoes, long trousers (due to the presence of dense clumps of woody bushes), walking stick, hat, sunglasses, water (1½ liter water bottle).
Winter: Winter hiking shoes, gaiters, (for possible snowfall in January – February), winter clothing, raincoat, walking stick, water (1½ liter water bottle).
The route in numbers
Stage Α. Petrochori – Agios Antonios Chapel
Route length: 4,27 km (on dirt road)
Duration: 1h20′ – 1h20′
Minimum altitude: 367m
Highest altitude: 792m
Total altitude gain / loss: +433m / -1m
Slope: Maximum +39,4 % / -30,4 %. Average +12,6 % / -7,8 %
Stage B. Agios Antonios Chapel – Summit of Samitos
Route length: 1,4 km
Duration: 0h35′ – 0h40′
Minimum altitude: 792m
Highest altitude: 1013m
Altitude gain / loss: +227m / – 9m
Slope: Maximum +42,9 % / -26,7,0 %. Average +16,9 % / -5,4 %