Looking for a great trail near Rathdrum, County Wicklow? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Rathdrum ranging from 4.3 to 17.5 miles and from 413 to 1,856 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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rocky
6 days ago

great walk & lovely views.

Super easy and relaxing walk around the lake. Dog Friendly. Always crowded on the weekends. Done it many times. Recommend to visit if in the neighborhood.

Highly trafficked and somewhat underwhelming. Dirt path, steep at some parts.

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muddy
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rocky
20 days ago

Lovely forest walk along the river. A couple of tricky spots but mostly easy to walk. Famine graveyard on the route is a lovely spot. Well sign posted until the bridge after the hidden valley car park so make sure you have a map of the route.

I went on this hike with one friend in June while traveling Ireland from the United States. It was absolutely gorgeous and completely accessible for strollers and wheelchairs for the majority of the trip. We added a bit on to include the Mining Villiage Ruin and ended up hiking up the waterfall. It was significantly less accessible after the ruins but also insanely beautiful with amazing views. The best way to get close to the waterfall was the third switchback towards it (almost to the top) with a large rock that had looked like people walked there. There was a soft area but it was safe to scramble toward the falls. Good hiking boots are nice to ascend the waterfall as the many rocks are asking for a rolled ankle! This hike was definitely a 5/5 stars!

Fantastic views and challenging enough, gets the heart rate up. we did it 1.5hr but trucked on very hard. Bringing clients up, Sunday for our Revive Renew Hike. Perfect for different fitness levels. Recommeded for the view of Powerscourt Garden alone.

Great adventure... Recommended

Loved this hike for my family. It was very relaxed and beautiful. We had amazing weather so I’m not sure how it would be on a rainy day, but I’m sure it’s still beautiful.

Easy stroll around lower lake starting at St Kevin’s Monastic City ruins.

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bugs
off trail
2 months ago

Excellent trail with stunning views. the loop does not take you to Maulin head but so worth it. Steep but short ish climb. Continued walking over to meet the Wicklow way track and to the Dargle river. such stunning views. would do again..

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muddy
no shade
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2 months ago

This is an incredibly beautiful, quite difficult but very rewarding trail! First off, it is entirely unmarked and you need a map (if even on your phone); if it's foggy or bad weather, don't attempt this. We got very lost even with a map, and while we were able to find our way to the top and eventually get back on the trail, it was a frustrating time. Parking is at the Glenmalure lodge (the only populated looking area for a while), and the you walk 2.5km along the road until a very tiny and hard to miss road sign points you to the trailhead. You'll pass someone's house and farm along the way, and then make sure you don't miss the entrance to the trail on the left of this house. After zig-zagging along the first part of the trail, it's hard to see where to go (this is where we got lost), but you'll want to look for a ladder to get across the sheep fence. After that, it's pretty straightforward- just follow the rock trail to the summit. It's pretty muddy at the bottom and very windy at the top, so wear appropriate gear. There are rolling hills and sheep galore, so beautiful! It took us about 6 hours with a lunch stop to do this whole hike, round trip.

Nice short trails for the kiddos and lots to keep them interested e.g. the relatively large, fun filled playground and the activity markers along the trails. Didn't try the BBQ area but looked like great spots for such. Parking is a tad more expensive than most others trails.

Beautiful trail covered by the shade of the trees. It's a very good walk in the right weather with the amazing view of the lakes at the end of it

Where to park and start this hike was hard to find. Ended up parking at the car park near the Wicklow trail. Made it an extra good 5 miles to walk.

Up and up!!! At least for 1-2 hours depending on your pace. Be aware that it can be warm at the bottom, but can have high winds at the top. I would imagine this goes up a notch with bad conditions. Even with the ideal conditions I had, there was a mud path that was okay to follow but no other markers visually! so know your compass and map essentials. What an amazing challenge with some unforgettable views!!!

Clear day when I got to the top. Great views.

Challenging going up, mainly because it’s so constant. Even after the zig zags, you’re continually moving up. Great views near the top. Cloud cover at the summit despite the weather being decent. Rewarding climb overall.

Lovely trail with diverse views of landscapes including Powers Court Waterfall, the Sugarloaf and some other hills and valleys. Clockwise is easier. Counter clockwise for those who want to work up a sweat.

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