Ε4.27 Rodakino – Alones

Additional Info

  • path length 10 km
  • duration 5 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested period From March to October
  • difficulty level Not particularly difficult
  • markers' type E4 (yellow and black marks)
  • Region Aghios Vasilios (Rethymno)

E4 Trail Map

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Trail Vertical Alignment

Trail Detailed Description

At the entrance (1) of the village Kato Rodakino, 150 m from the stone bridge, an uphill road with a northerly direction begins, which bypasses the settlement. After 550 m, we follow a left uphill turn.

After 150 m, we take a right turn, continue straight, and in the next 350 m we come to a chapel (2)

We continue for another 300 m and then reach a main dirt road (3), which we take northwards; we follow it along the uphill ridge which ends at the foot of the peak of Krioneritis.

Alternatively, we can shorten the route, following the sections of the old path that the dirt road meets successively. 

After 3,5 km on the unsurfaced road, at an altitude of about 900 m, we come to a left turn (4), after which the dirt road continues almost straight towards the west.Exactly at this turn, one can see a landscape full of boulders fallen between the road and the cut of the southern slope of Krioneritis.

On the right side of the road we distinguish the number 98 written on a rock. 

From this point (5) we begin to continuously ascend up the steep slope, following the black and yellow marks on the rocks, as well as the E4 signs.

After about 40 minutes of climb, we reach the area named Mouzouria (6), where there is a mark showing towards the left, to the top of Krioneritis; we arrive there after 30 minutes of ascent. 

In approximately the middle of the route we pass by the chapel of Agio Pnevma (7), beneath which there is a water spring with cold water; the mountain owes its name to this (krio nero = cold water).

From the 1.310 m high summit the view is panoramic: northwards, in the distance, the Cretan Sea, and southwards, the Libyan Sea, can be seen. To the west, the eastern summits of Lefka Ori, and to the east, in the distance, Mount Psiloritis can be distinguished.

From the top of Krioneritis (8), we return to Mouzouria (6). From here, we follow the short mountain line eastwards for a while, and approximately 10 minutes after, we turn left towards the north, descending to a small hollow, which we follow until its end, in a north-easterly direction.

We then turn northwards again and, having passed over a characteristic white rock, we walk towards a ravine where plane trees grow.

We step onto the eastern bank of the stream, follow it, and cross a dirt road, still descending along the eastern bank. We then go across to the western bank, pass by a water tank on our left-hand side, and arrive at the Alones village (9).

The hike from Mouzouria to the old Primary School of Alones takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, in total. 

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