5.2 Anogia- Mount Skinakas- Nida- Ski Resort- Anogia | 57 km | 1.780 vertical meters | Category 3

57 km | 1.780 vertical meters | Category 3

Anogia- Mount Skinakas- Nida- Ski Resort- Anogia

Anogia-Mount Skinakas-Nida-Ski Resort-Anogia

Have a fun and challenging ride while exploring the Nida plateau and the surrounding area.

The climb to the summit of Skinakas

The climb to the summit of Skinakas – © nick / bikingcrete.com

Leaving the lively atmosphere of Anogia, going higher into the Crete Mountains, 1.000 meters up on the north face of Mount Psiloritis. After 15km of strenuous climbing turn left at the junction to the Skinakas Observatory at 1.750m.

It’s a small road, leading you through a mystical world of the barren karst slopes, through the fog towards the sun. Here we get a great view of the lunar landscape, the Nida Plateau and Psiloritis. Dive down again to the Nida plateau and follow the main road in direction to the Ideon Cave.

After three and a half kilometers follows a junction to an abandoned ski resort in a hairpin curve. The only one ski resort of Crete on 1.590m is really worth seeing. So if the conditions of the dirt road are fairly good, give it a try.

Desolatet Ski Resort at 1.590m

Desolatet Ski Resort at 1.590m – © nick / bikingcrete.com

After two kilometers, a small ridge and a left hand curve, the impressive building of the ski center comes into sight. Have a look into the garage next to the main building and marvel at the old 160 hp Prinoth T3-200 snow cat. Isn’t that the ignition key to the right of the dashboard?

I won't let you down/ I will not give you up

I won’t let you down/ I will not give you up – © nick / bikingcrete.com

Anyway, the today’s workout must go on. So follow again the main road to the south and to the restaurant underneath the famous Ideon Cave. After a double Greek coffee, I felt the great desire to climb the Skinakas Mountain again. Go for it!

Freedom – Prinoth T3 200 unchained – © Costis Charalampakis + nick / bikingcrete.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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