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Lovely walk in May

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.

hiking
off trail
rocky
15 days ago

great trail got a nice day for it too. I would imagine it's very mucky when wet. pack a lunch too , so glad I did !

Great fun , did it twice already. After rain it can get muddy

hiking
1 month ago

very quite lots of mountain bikes up there didnt see them much fantastic views on the loops

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muddy
rocky
scramble
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!!

Rocky. Boots needed. Trail well marked out. Easy to follow.

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

walking
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

The visuals are amazing. Doesn't matter which direction you look at, there is a nice pic opportunity!! Mountains, river, fields, trees... all colorful and lovely. We were lucky to be there on a sunny day with blue sky too. The trail is very wet with lots of mud puddles. I was there with my three kids (9, 7 and 3) but we didn't have the right shoes so did not finish it this time... We will certainly go back there!!

muddy
rocky
2 months ago

challenging hike and tricky terrain but well worth it for the stunning views of the national park. lots of hidden gems along the way such as the holy well, cairn burial site, erratic rocks, crystal clear lake and magical woodland

hiking
blowdown
2 months ago

Amazing views at the mid way point. Boggy and slippy so wear proper waterproof hiking boots and not runners!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike. We took the upper red trail and it took an hour up and an hour down. Not too strenuous but steep in places. The views are out of this world

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Lovely loop walk with great views- bring waterproof shoes though as boggy.

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

Amazing hike. Wear some good footwear I rolled my ankle twice. When you reach the top don’t head straight down head right and you’ll find a great cliff rock.

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