Torc Waterfall Walk

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Torc Waterfall Walk is a 6.3 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Muckross Abbey, Kerry, Ireland that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding.

DISTANCE
6.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
191 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
22 days ago

This hike was incredible.

The trails are confusing, so hopefully I can help a bit. The trail shown on the above map is if you walk from the town if Killarney. If you drive to the upper lot of the falls, you have a few options.
Torc Mountain Waterfall has 3 main routes.
Yellow (easy/shortest)
Blue (moderate)
Red (longest and most difficult)
I did the red, which also includes part of the yellow and blue.
Red is a 3 mile loop that took me about and hour and 20 minutes (with photo stops). It is a big downhill potion towards the lake, then you follow the lake for a bit, then you hit the locally named “Cardiac Steps”. It is about 1 mile of straight up, switchback, rock staircase. I am from Colorado, USA and these are steep. Many steps were at knee height.
After that you follow the ridge back to the car lot. Incredible views (I could not have asked for a clearer day) shady most of the way, and absolutely breathtaking.
One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. Unfortunately you cannot summit from here, you have to do the Torc Mountain trail for that, but you get plenty high!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful waterfall! It was a quick and easy walk from the parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike over well maintained trail system.

10 months ago

Beautiful forest and trails past the Torc Waterfall.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is absolutely beautiful, especially for someone like me who's not used to seeing so much greenery. Once you get to the Torc Waterfall, which is about 5 minutes from the car park, you can choose 1 of 3 paths: blue, yellow, or red. I did most of the blue path, which is considered the "moderate" one, and takes about an hour. The red is hard and takes you all the way up Torc Mountain. For the blue trail, it's only a little steep from the waterfall until the paths split, then it's easy and gorgeous. It crosses over the road, so you can continue along Muckross Lake. Unfortunately, the weather was slightly rainy when I went, so I didn't get to see the amazing views that these trails are known for. But it's still gorgeous scenery and so peaceful.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017