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walking
5 days ago

The very first trail we have done on alltrails.com We did not follow the route exactly as on the map here, but it was enough as for the first time hiking. Amazing views and a very difficult way down by stairs. It was a challenge for all family. As realised later - we have chosen a red trail. Such as enthusiastic newbies!! No regrets of choosing this trail anyway!

Beautiful and easy walk. I came here during a day tour from Dublin. The scenery in the upper lake is very beautiful.

Good trail. Easy to follow and navigate. Terrain quite rough. Mostly boggy. Nice views.

It took a little over three hours on a very windy day in May. The ascent up Tonelagee is quite exposed (clockwise), and I took a beating from the wind on the way up. Well worth it when you get to the top though. The top section before the trig stone is a cool mix of peat hags and exposed gravel and I would have done a bit more exploring if the wind wasnt pushing me over! The trail, for the most part, is easy to follow but you can loose sight of it in some parts. I breezed past the turn to head back towards Lough Ouler and had to do some boggy bushwhacking to get back on track. The sections along the river are still very waterlogged (May) so boots are a must and I would have loved a dry pair of trousers to change into when I got back to the car. I was out early and saw loads of deer, a peregrine falcon (I think) and even an otter! Well worth the drive and I'll be heading back.

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off trail
rocky
17 days ago

Great hike! Views were stunning. The trail isn’t easy to see, we used the sheep trails (which also explains the poop littering the way) but don’t worry you’ll still be able to find the lough. The way up is all uphill and it feels as though you’re transported from a woods of tall trees to a witchy forest then to a plantation of yellow flowers leading you up to large boulders. Spectacular!

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rocky
20 days ago

The views are amazing

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off trail
rocky
21 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Okay so I did this in 2018 and I did my research before going up. Back then I was more fit than I am now (which isn't saying much) but it took me 12 freaking hours to do this. I took it slow, it's HARD. At the time, it was normal for me to walk home 6km after a shift on my feet but it still kicked my ass...definitely have to scramble to get up the ladder using your whole body and hands to pull you up. Make sure you pack well, bring plenty of water and good solid snacks and start early in the day. Tip for the wise: don't starve yourself of water! a man asked me for water on my way down and I still had enough to get me back to my car so I happily gave him some...but he chugged it and proceeded to vomit it back up which led me to run down and nearly fall trying to get away from him. Be smart! All that being said, it was very rewarding and very beautiful. The first part is a defined path that goes by a lake with tons of photo opportunities. the ladder is a rocky scramble until you reach the ridge which has AMAZING views. then the final ascent isn't clear in terms of a path, but it gets you there, and it's mostly lose rock pieces. the top on a good clear summer day is amazing!!

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muddy
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Ascended from the left of the lake. Very cloudy and wet slippery mud near the top. Good views but winds were dangerous. Might be easier from the right..

Excellent trail for the whole family. May be a little long for children or elderly but the trail can be started at the upper reservoir instead if needed. Good roads, rocky at times and slight uphills but it’s worth it for the beautiful sights and bright nature. Occasional sights of sheep and cows and old architecture like the bridge and lake houses make the walk much more entertaining. On sunny and dry days there’s lovely grassy shores to have picnics on. I’d highly recommend this trail for a long walk away from the busy bustle of the city!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Great hike. Took approx 4 hours with lots of breaks. Anti clockwise. The piece just before the top involves climbing and is quite dangerous. Maybe not best suited for beginners but the views are incredible.

An amazing hike. Definitely go with experience. Did the Devil's Ladder up and down. It's quite a scramble so careful footing and hands are essential. Pack well for the hike.

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muddy
over grown
private property
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Some pine forest trail before you get to the open mountain. Amazing views over Blessington Lake/Poulaphouca Resevoir to the west and Mullaghcleevaun to the south. Not a busy route and not too strenuous for kids with some hiking in their legs.

love this walk, go early to avoid crowds around the lake

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