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Carrauntoohil Loop is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 3,192 ft Route type Loop

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This is a brilliant hike that offers the opportunity to hone in skills on various surfaces/trail types. Once in the saddle before ascending to Carrauntoohil, there is a magnificent drop to the Bridia and Black valleys. The scrambling up the rocks are not too extreme although you should be in decent shape/athletic. Good ankle support boots that are waterproof can help navigate boggy marshes to rocky ruts.

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Jimmy Ryan
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brilliant walk

Anya Anna
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Carlien K.
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Brilliant hike that offers the opportunity to hone in skills on various surfaces/trail types. Anything from an easy stroll entering from Cronin’s Yard to challenging scrambles up Devil’s ladder and sustained incline to the peak. Once in the saddle before ascending to Carrauntoohil, there is a magnificent drop to the Bridia and Black valleys. On top I had 360 view just below the cloud bank— which moved in at great speed. Coming down the zigzags you need a good head for heights and the vertigo pull. Good level of fitness needed especially on the descent that puts strain on your knees and ankles on the loose rocky terrain. Good ankle support boots that are waterproof can help navigate boggy marshes to rocky ruts. My hiking poles came in handy as I twisted my knee coming down and had to lean heavily on my poles to get down safely.

Kathleen Burke
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Jennifer Kershner
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Very hard. Very worth it. Make sure you have proper footwear and lots of water. Also a snack is advisable. If you are afraid of heights...don't even consider this hike. 6 to 7 hour hike. Be prepared for any and all types of weather. Soooooo worth the climb on a clear day. Stunning!!!

Lindsay McMahon
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Loved the hike! The scrambling up the rocks are not too extreme although you should be in decent shape/athletic. The day started off clear with blue skies and it was beautiful. At the peak the clouds had rolled in. We hiked up the scramble rocks, made it to the peak, and on the decent we walked down a little ways, walked along the ridge (pretty narrow) and down the switchback. I recommend this as your plan. Great beautiful hike!!

Dani Moreno
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Great hike! My boyfriend and I did the entire thing in about 3.5 hours. We went up the chute and down the switchbacks considering it was very stormy throughout the entire hike. If you are a strong hiker you won't need poles and it is a very laid back approach and you will want your hands for the chute. For the chute, we didn't encounter anything that appeared treacherous though I can see people getting in trouble if they aren't wearing enough layers as it got really cold especially as we approached the top. A good rain jacket, rain pants, and gloves are what I would recommend above everything else.

Costin Stancescu
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We were a bit nervous as we left Cronin's yard because of all the warning signs and memorials at the trail head. But I'm glad that we marched on as it was a great 6hr hike with epic views. We recommend going up the devil's ladder but going down the zig zag for a safer route back down. Be sure to watch your steps as people trip and fall regularly. As we hiked up the ladder, we came across a woman who had trip going down from the summit and looked pretty scratched up... Just be careful and check the weather before heading to make sure you don't get caught in rain, fog or high winds. It can get very slippery since most of the hike is on rocks. Unless you're expecienced, we wouldn't recommend doing it in the winter or in bad weather. Besides, you'll miss all the stunning scenery!

Markus Bögge
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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

Pat Ribotto
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My favorite hiking partner (my wife) and I hiked to the highest point in Ireland in June of 2009 on a clear blue sunny day. The mountain is quite impressive as you approach it, and it appears to be very steep. We hiked up between the two lakes below it and ascended the infamous Devils Ladder. This is a steep chute filled with talus and boulders the whole way. You have to pick your way through as there is no real trail in this section. It took us almost an hour to go up this short pitch. Kinda sketchy in a few places. Once at the top of the ladder, it is wide open to the top. We arrived on top after about 2 1/2 hours of hiking. It is pretty steep, but you are not fighting high elevation here. The views are endless up there. You can see both the Kenmare and the Dingle Bays on the ocean, and countless lakes all over the Killarney area. There is a huge cross on top with a couple of memorials for some hikers. We had the place to ourselves too ,which made it nice. After about a half hour or more on top we started down. When we got back to the top of the ladder, we decided to take a different route down from there. So we kept hiking on the ridge trail from there, and that goes back down to the main trail avoiding the ladder. Really nice along this ridge top. It was steep going down the switches here, but beat going down the boulders. We got back to the main trail and then it was just back to the car from there. Beautiful hike on a gorgeous day. If ever there, it's a great way to spend a day. We rolled into the corner pub on our way back to our B&B for a few celebratory pints. Great way to end the day!!! Would do it again for sure.

Norah Hickey
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Joe O'Connor
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Trish M.
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Árpád Papp
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Dainius Cepuraitis
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Matt Maher
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Csaba Dombegyházi
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Mary Spillane
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Stephen Amoroso
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Ian O'Connell
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Michael Mordaunt
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Carlien K.
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Brian Mcaleer
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Tom Garrahan
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Csaba Pal
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Edd Mellor
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Alan McDonagh
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