Before we went, I read a lot of Tripadvisor reviews and was unsure about how hard or easy it would be. From my perspective, being from California and in my mid-fifties, it was a long but easy walk. If you have hiked Yosemite, this is easier than the hike from Half Dome down to the Valley. It is all downhill. The trail is very well maintained. Unlike Yosemite, here are very few difficult long steps down. But there are many sections with loose rocks on the trail so you have to watch your step. Running shoes or hiking boots are recommended. We saw people wearing sandals and I'm sure they regretted it by the end of the hike. We went on a Sunday in September and there were only 800 hikers. I can see how being there on a day with 2000 hikers would be a pain. It was only crowded at the beginning. The toilets are not as bad as described in other reviews. They are typical hiking trail toilets. There is plenty of water at the springs. We saw quite a few of the Kri-kri goats in the old village of Samaria. Our hotel arrange a tour bus. It picked us up at 5:45 am and we got home at 9:00 pm. So it is a long day. When you get to Agia Roumeli, don't stop at the first bar you see. Head on down to one of the ones on the beach and enjoy the view. Carry flip-flops with you because the beach is all rocks and tough on your feet, but the water feels great after a long hike. The hike is beautiful and totally worth it.
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