Main Path
Yatıkardıç Yayla – Finike
ID: 
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Easternmost section of the beautiful 39 km / 24 mi three-part stretch between Myra (just north of Demre) and Finike, through rugged mountains. Usually done over three stages and typically requiring camping.

View from between Belos and Finike
Image credit:  
Łukasz Ostojski
, All rights reserved

Essentials

Yatıkardıç Yayla (plateau, shepherds’ encampment)
Finike (town)
WNW–ESE section, with Finike to the ESE via a bulge to the S.
This is one long, continuous slope with an average descent to the E (towards Finike) of about 12.5%, though the heart of the slope is a much more challenging 18%-ish with shorter bits at 29%+. At both ends, the slope tapers to under 9% (in both cases, descending to the E).
This is mostly rugged mountain trails though parts are along rural roads and tracks.
Way-finding is moderate-to-good, for the most part.

Metrics

Select the tab below corresponding to the direction you plan to walk.
Towards Finike:
Towards Yatıkardıç Yayla:
14.5 km / 9.0 mi
Distance
167 m / 549 ft
Ascent
1,630 m / 5,346 ft
Descent
~6.75 hrs
Duration
Elevation chart.
14.5 km / 9.0 mi
Distance
1,630 m / 5,346 ft
Ascent
167 m / 549 ft
Descent
~6.75 hrs
Duration
Elevation chart.

Handy Things to Know

The following notes are gathered from our own experiences and from feedback sent to us by other hikers. Let us know how we can improve these notes – and thanks!

Water

  • There are several water sources along this section though none are fully reliable.

Alerts / Hazards

  • Important: Please see the notes in the Demre – Alakilise section (especially the Tips and Alerts notes) as many of the notes will apply to this section as well.

Camping

  • There are a few decent camping spots along this section. Most people camp at or near the Belos ruins,  around Belen, or at Yatıkardıç Yayla.

Amenities

  • Passes through the hamlet of Belen but there are no amenities available there (to our knowledge).
  • A limited selection of amenities is often available from the shepherds on Yatıkardıç Yayla though this should not be relied upon.
  • Finike has a full range of amenities.

Attractions & Highlights

Notable highlights along the trail and at either endpoint include:
  • Belos Ruins Between Yatıkardıç Yayla & Finike
    Historical Site
    Belos Ruins
    Between Yatıkardıç Yayla & Finike

Accommodations

Here’s what we’re currently tracking for this trail section:
  • Annotated map of Keramos Pansiyon in Finike
    Guesthouse
    Keramos Pansiyon
    In Finike
  • Sever Pansiyon in Finike
    Guesthouse
    Sever Pansiyon
    In Finike

Wild Camping Locations

Here are the wild camping locations that we’re currently tracking along this trail section:
  • Campsite by huts at Yatıkardıç Yayla
    Wild Camping
    Campsite by Huts
    At Yatıkardıç Yayla
  • Campsite by Belos Ruins
    Wild Campsite
    Campsite
    By Belos Ruins
  • Campsite between Belos Ruins and Finike
    Wild Campsite
    Campsite
    Between Belos Ruins and Finike

Water Sources

Here are the water sources that we’re currently tracking along this trail section or at either endpoint:
  • Water Source at Yatıkardıç Yayla
    Water Source
    Water Source
    At Yatıkardıç Yayla
  • Water Source South of Yatıkardıç Yayla
    Water Source
    Water Source
    South of Yatıkardıç Yayla
  • Water Source Between Yatıkardıç Yayla & Belos Ruins
    Water Source
    Water Source
    Between Yatıkardıç Yayla & Belos Ruins
  • Water Source at Belos Ruins
    Water Source
    Water Source
    At Belos Ruins
  • Water Source Between Belos Ruins & Finike
    Water Source
    Between Belos Ruins & Finike
  • Cistern Between Belos Ruins & Finike
    Water Source
    Cistern
    Between Belos Ruins & Finike
  • Fountain Between Belos Ruins & Finike
    Water Source
    Fountain
    Between Belos Ruins & Finike

Where to Next?

From Finike:

  • Map of the Lycian Way between Finike and Karaöz.
    Main Path
    Finike – Karaöz
    Distance
    29.0 km / 18.0 mi
    Ascent
    288 m / 944 ft
    Descent
    285 m / 936 ft
    Est. Duration
    7.5
    Long but easy section between Finike and Karaöz following alongside or close to the shoreline, passing through the communities of Hasyurt, Kumluca, and Mavikent.

From Yatıkardıç Yayla:

  • Map of the Lycian Way between the Alakilise ruins and Yatıkardıç Yayla.
    Main Path
    Alakilise Ruins – Yatıkardıç Yayla
    Distance
    12.2 km / 7.6 mi
    Ascent
    1,128 m / 3,701 ft
    Descent
    487 m / 1,598 ft
    Est. Duration
    6.0
    Middle portion of the remote, beautiful 39 km / 24 mi mountain route between Demre / Myra and Finike, usually done over three stages and typically requiring camping.

Pretty Pictures

Sometimes nothing beats a good photo. Or even a bad photo! If you’d like to share some or all of your photo collection with the Trekopedia community, contact us at photos@trekopedia.com and we can arrange a transfer of them. And thanks!
All photos are copyright by their respective owners and are used with permission.
  • View from between Belos and Finike
    View from between Belos and Finike
    Photo by 
    Łukasz Ostojski
     – 
    Fall 2021
  • View over Demre from near Belos ruins
    View over Demre from near Belos ruins
    Photo by 
    Irene Dijkmans
     – 
    Fall 2022

How You Can Help

Trail research is never actually done. Here’s some of what we’re looking for:
✅   More photos! Ideally with geo-location information in the metadata. In addition to using some photos on Trekopedia, we add them to our internal reference database which significantly helps us with trail research. The more photos, the better! If you are willing to share your collection with us, we’d be incredibly grateful. Let us know and we’ll arrange a transfer.

✅   Points of interest. Help us identify (and geo-locate) accommodations, attractions, restaurants, markets, trail waypoints, confusing or problematic junctions, difficult or hazardous places, water sources, and so on. 

✅   Tips & recommendations. Share your thoughts with other hikers.
In addition to the above, please see this article for information on more general ways you can help. Thanks!
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