Hiking, Scrambling and Climbing the Flabouri Ridge – Parnitha

Our previous post was dedicated to the first outdoor activity post covid-19 lockdown and this post is dedicated to the second excursion in one of the most visited mountains of Greece, mount Parnitha.

For training purposes, the route we have selected was of mixed difficulty which offered hiking, scrambling and even IV UIAA climbing, the Flabouri Ridge route.

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View of the Flabouri Ridge and the city of Athens

Hiking is a very popular activity in Parnitha. Two climbing associations, along with the Forest Service of Parnitha have created a dense network of trails, that covers the whole mountain range. Numerous paths pass along springs, thick forests and pastures. There are many options, according to the altitude difference that someone intends to cover (0 -800m.), the distance (500-5,000m.) and the time needed (30΄- 6 hours). Several routes give the opportunity to observe different vegetation types: firs, pines, oaks, junipers, plane-trees, phrygana.

The most important trails are indicated either by simple red signs on rocks and trees or by red tapes or finally, by special signs for each path, such as red triangles, red squares, yellow rhombs etc. In this way, following the same shape and colour of the signs, one can find the path and follow it to its end.


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Flabouri Ridge IV UIAA

Our ascent started from the edge of the Thrakomakedones suburb. We have to follow the blue signs and soon the ascent is very steep. About 750 meters further on we have the first rocky passages where we need to either climb or scramble. The climbing part is up to IV UIAA degree, so not extremely difficult, but nevertheless is an exposed climb.

The Flabouri ridge besides being a beautiful route, provides amazing view towards the mountain, but also towards the city of Athens. Actually, on a clear day, it is easy to see the sea side and the port of Pireas.

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Beginning of the route
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First scramble
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Trail that leads to the actual climb
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The ridge
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Following the blue signs
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Climbing

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IV UIAA climb

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First part of the Flabouri ridge is completed

The climb to the peak of Flabouri is not difficult for experience rock climbers but it can be very tough for beginners. Therefore, it is highly recommended that a less experienced climber should carry all necessary gear, such as:

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Protection gear (nuts and/or friends)
  • Rope

In our case, we did it as free solo because we had already done that ridge in the past and we were aware of the difficulty of the route.

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Another IV UIAA passage
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scrambling
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Stunning view towards Hymetus
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Scrambling
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Almost at the top

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View towards Penteli
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Last part of scrambling

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Almost at the top
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At the top with the proud Greek flag

In order to reach the top we needed a bit less than one hour. The entire Flabouri ridge can be done in about 45 minutes by experiences climbers and in about 1 hour and 15 minutes from less experienced climbers.


Flabouri – Thrakodamkedones

We did not stay for long at the top because our goal was to keep on the route in a training mood. Therefore, after few photos, we carried on and we took the trail that leads to Thrakomakedones.

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View from the top
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Trail signs

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Details of the Hike:

  • Location: Parnitha Mountain
  • Starting Point: Thrakomakedones
  • Ending Point: Flabouri Peak
  • Trail Signs: Well signed path
  • Minimum Elevation: 579 m
  • Maximum Elevation: 1.114 m.
  • Total Distance: 5.5 km
  • Difficulty: Medium (Scrambling III-IV UIAA)
  • When to Hike: Autumn to Spring (Not in summer due to heat)
  • Water Features: One

Bellow you can see the route we have followed here:

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4 thoughts on “Hiking, Scrambling and Climbing the Flabouri Ridge – Parnitha

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    1. Indeed, it’s very nice to have such places so close to the city centre.

      During the weekend you might see some other hikers, but not really crowded, especially in such routes like the Flabouri Ridge.

      Not many people wish to do such routes that require also some climbing skills.

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