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Lovely views , went up with a 2 year old , well worth a hike

1) Don't be put off by the distance, there are many paths in the park and you could do 1km or 20km without much doubling back. We walked through the beech grove to the loop around Bonaveen point which was about 7km.

2) This is a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs on the road from Dublin to Galway. I highly recommend it. There is a field around the car park to play with the kids. Peaceful walks around the park are abundant as well if you need to get away. We saw 2 other parties over 2 hours of walking on a Sunday afternoon.

3) I would rate the walk easy. There is not much change in elevation and the paths are all paved with gravel or asphalt; there is little danger of losing your way. If you are looking for the authentic wilderness experience though, look elsewhere.

4) The toilets at the trail head needed some maintenance at the time I was there.

Stunning views from the top of the Ridge of Capard, the boardwalk makes the walk so much easier on our decent we took the trial down to Glenbarrow waterfall. Approximately a 10km loop in total. We met no one along the route so it’s really peaceful and quiet

lovely easy walk.

Lovely walk... super busy though on a Sunday.

Beautifull walk, breathtaking views and not very difficult so perfecf for relaxing sunday

This was an amazing hike with beautiful views. You need to make sure that you are prepared physically and mentally for this hike. It is difficult--take your time and stay safe! I definitely underestimated the amount of loose rocks.

We also sawany mountian rescue vehicles and the Irish coast guard out during out hike to rescue someone.

Spectacular views and fabulous weather.Gets very busy as the day progresses. I couldn’t believe the amount of people who wear flip flops on this walk, you need good footwear for this walk.

Fun. The board tracks take time getting used to but they are necessary for wet conditions I’m sure

I believe this is far from a moderate climb. The description is accurate to a point but the last climb to the summit is hard to follow and very steep. The path appears to be non existent. Likewise the initial decent down from the summit to the waterfall crossing is without a path and a steep decline through frog invested marshland.

If you fancy a little bit of structure together with some “off the beaten track”, this will suit you. I wouldn’t recommend though. There are a lot more scenic and pleasant routes to follow to get on top of Lug.

Very nice trail, amazing views, yellow flowers fields in spring, I prefer to start in Greystones and walk to Bray

A wonderful hike that takes one back to medieval times. The trail markers are a bit tricky, but the app helped withthat. we saw swans and many different tupes of bird life as well as cows and sheep. May was a beautiful time of year to see many wildflowers.

Beautiful sight but pretty long

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1 month ago

Very easy but absolutely stunning! We go down via the sand dunes now and a handy walk back.

The trail is not dog friendly. We were with dog there last week and we were not allowed to hike there.

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1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful waterfall! It was a quick and easy walk from the parking lot.

We completed the hike in 7 hours. My husband and I regularly hike mountains and even rock climb. We both found this hike to be difficult to safely navigate during the descent. We took the ladder up (3.5 hours). There was a bit of a traffic jam multiple times. Hikers above us occasionally knocked rocks downward. We enjoyed the ladder ascent. We took the O’Shea fully descent. Quite a bit of scree and a few traversing scrambles were involved in the descent. This particular trail becomes less defined after passing a small pond.

Overall, it was a beautiful hike. However, it should not be hiked without taking the appropriate precautions (map, compass, headlamp, etc). We saw a helicopter arrive while we were descending to pickup a hiker near the peak. People have died on this hike.

Fantastic hike. The best we've done in Ireland, the view from the top is amazing. But also the toughest one we've ever done. We were not prepared. Don't go do it if you're not a good hiker, the way up is tough but the way down is the real tricky part and get dangerous at many points. It's easy to make a wrong move and hurt yourself really bad or even kill yourself. But if you're confident and prepared you should definitely go for it.

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1 month ago

Nice trail, watch out for the scrambler bikes as there were lots of them.

Awesome trek. Beautiful and challenging. Went all the way to Cahirseveen. Then over to Portmagee to take the boat to Skellig Micheal where the hike to the top was a highlight of the journey. Will remember this always

Wonderful journey.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike over well maintained trail system.

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2 months ago

Do not underestimate the challenge of the steep climb to the ridge. There is no trail from the bottom and up but you are still heading the right direction if you aim for the part of the ridge that you see on the photo with the red drawing on. You will need to use both hands to secure yourself on the very steep last part of the slope which was also treacherously slipppery on top of being supersteep. Not for everyone!! We took the left direction on the photo, the right seemed too dangerous. Fantastic view once you are up. Can be accessed from the other direction instead.

It’s a great hike. We went when I was snowy so it was quite icy. We went clockwise and I am happy we did the stairs first. It’s a beautiful view and it took us about 3:30 because of the wind, ice and snow.

Thoroughly enjoyed this trail. A few observations:

- This trail starts on a downhill so be ready to finish on a steep uphill when you may be tired.

- You can get discreetly into Powerscourt Waterfall for free this way, but shhh, don't tell anyone ;-)

- Terrain is rough, muddy and overgrown with gorse in places, so wear decent boots and outerwear

- Trail starts off in mostly commercial, managed evergreen woods but there is lovely old, deciduous woodland at the floor of the valley

- Look out for nice distant views of Powerscourt Waterfall as you start out

- The car park closes at 4pm in winter so watch out for that. If you don't want to race the clock, there is some limited parking available on the road outside the car park; just use that.

As an escape from a multi-generation family vacation my wife and I got to sneek out for nature fun. This hike was a well needed relief. Gorgeous views easy route finding and just enough steep stuff to keep the heart rate up.(nice in January) The "ladder" part was steep and supper loose looking from below but the wet mossy rocks were extra sticky. Of course be careful but it's not as bad as it looks. The summit was as to be expected. Beautiful! Car to car took us five hours with picture stops and beer beaks. If you're in the area and get a good weather window this hike is a must. Have fun.

I started with climbing Bray head, and walked over the cliffs to Greystones. On the end of the path you can turn right that brings you to the road where you can go to Greystones, or you can climb down the rocks for maybe 2 meters and you will find a steep wild path that will bring you to the original cliff trail. I did the last one. Then I went back by the original cliff trail to Bray. But you can also take the DART.
Personaly, I find the upper trail over the cliffs more beautiful then the original trail.

Nice view and good track.
Took the Devil's ladder to go to the top and the loop back down
Ladder seems quite dangerous going down but is fun going up
The Loop may be longer than the Devil but takes the same amount of time

Should be done on sunny day. We needed 7,5h including two bigger breaks

Completed on Sept. 13 2017. Wonderful hike! My sister and I have hiked in lots of locations around the world, we both agreed that this one was incredibly unique. Views of ruins, lakes, wildlife including sheep, deer and goats. Do the hike counterclockwise around lake. Makes summiting the mountain much more enjoyable!

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