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Best trails in Rathdrum

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Looking for a great trail near Rathdrum, County Wicklow? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Wicklow Mountains National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Marlay Park or Three Rock Wood. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Rathdrum ranging from 2.6 to 7.3 miles and from 416 to 3,038 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Rathdrum
Top trails (9)
#1 - Crone Wood and Maulin Mountain
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
#2 - Glendalough Upper and Lower Lakes Loop
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
This is a beautiful trail covered by the shade of the trees. It's a very good walk with the amazing view of the lakes at the end. There is a lot of varied terrain on this hike. This hike has some stroller and Wheelchair accessibility. Show more
#3 - Lugnaquilla via The Zig Zags Trail
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 5 h 14 m
Lugnaquilla is one of Ireland's Top 10 Highest Mountains. It has a vertical ascent of around 3,400 feet and is the highest peak in the Wicklow Mountain Range, which is about 80 Km south of Dublin. This is an incredibly beautiful, but somewhat difficult trail. The challenge is well worth the effort. After zig-zagging along the first part of the trail, look for a ladder to cross the sheep fence. After that, just follow the rock trail to the summit.Show more
#4 - Avondale House via Jubilee loop
Rathdrum, County Wicklow, Ireland
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
This is a lovely forest walk along the river. There are a couple of tricky spots but it is mostly easy to walk. The Famine graveyard on the route is a lovely spot. The path is well sign posted until the bridge after the hidden valley car park so make sure you record your route to avoid getting lost.Show more
#5 - Glendalough Upper Lake View Loop
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
As of July 20, 2020, users have reported that there is a new free parking lot which avoids any traffic or charges getting into Glendalough, which can be difficult it in summer and on weekends. To get to the car park turn right when you enter Laragh from Anamoe. Continue straight and look for the car park on your right. It so beside the GAA pitch and old Wollen Mills (now closed). The walk is lovely staying from the car park head over the little bridge on your right and through the Wollen Mills site which leads you directly to the orange loop path. You could take the upper or lower route first depending on your choice! Part are steep but a lovely walk on forest paths. This is a fairly easy loop with a few stretches of incline. The views along this trail are incredible, so take your time and enjoy the scenery.Show more
#6 - Wicklow Way: Glendalough to Iron Bridge
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Length: 17.5 mi • Est. 9 h 50 m
This stretch passes through two of the most scenic valleys in Wicklow. The walk starts well, passing through Derrybawn Forest past the Monastic City and Poulanass Waterfall. Leaving the Wicklow Mountains National Park, there is then the first of several long slogs through the spruce forests. The Way eventually emerges from the trees at Borenacrow pass, a saddle between Mullacor and Lugduff mountains, where there are excellent views of the Glenmalure valley and Lugnaquilla, Wicklow's highest mountain. The Way then enters Glenmalure Forest and begins a long descent to the valley floor. This section is not too bad with enough breaks in the trees to get good views of the valley, including Carrawaystick waterfall. Entering Drumgoff Forest, passing a stone pillar marking the halfway point of the Wicklow Way, and into a lengthy, mostly uphill, stretch through dense forest with no views. Interestingly J. B. Malone, originator of the Wicklow Way, waxes lyrically about this stage and the views of Croaghanmoira and Fananerrin in his book, The Complete Wicklow Way. It seems the trees had not grown so high when he wrote his book in 1988! Sadly all there is now is a long slog to the end of the stage at Iron Bridge. To paraphrase John Betjeman, "Come friendly chainsaws and clear fell Drumgoff!"Show more
#7 - Brockagh Mountain Top
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
#8 - Avonmore Way
Rathdrum, County Wicklow, Ireland
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
#9 - Upper Fraughen Rock Valley to Lugnaquilla
Rathdrum, County Wicklow, Ireland
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
An alternative route to the Lugnaquilla summit from the top of the Fraughen Rock waterfall/slide that follows the main stream to its source then kinks around via the Cloighernagh-Lugnaquilla ridge. Show more