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Lugnaquilla via Great Gully (Mc Alpines Back Passage)

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Wicklow Mountains National Park

Lugnaquilla via Great Gully (Mc Alpines Back Passage) is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wicklow, County Wicklow, Ireland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 9.8 mi Elevation gain 2,801 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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This route leaves from the bridge over the river Ow at Aughavannagh and summits the lug via Great Gully on the South Prison. The walk begins in the village of Aughavannagh. Park your car in front of the forestry entrance at the bridge over the river Ow. Follow the forestry path for about 5-6k until you come to the end of the trail, and an opening. At this point you can see Lugnaquilla and the South Prison to the north. Fiord the river Ow here and follow the course of the river north into the South Prison Corrie. Towards the back of the corrie to the left of the river you will see a boulder field. The start of Great Gully (Also known as Mc Alpine's Back Passage) if on the left before and above the boulder field. At the start of the gully stay to the right of a large rock. After this it's an easy climb to a large black mossy rock blocking your path. The rock has a small waterfall running over it, but can be safely crossed with care. Note you might get a little wet at this point! The gully veers slightly to the left at this point. It's easy climbing to the top from here. Once at the top be sure to turn around and take in the amazing views. Continue on to the top of lug, only about 50-100m from the top of the gully. Leaving the summit take a bearing towards Cloghernagh. Handrail the top of the South prison on your right, until you find a path descending steeply. Note this is quite steep. The trail leads straight back into the corrie and eventually to the base of Great Gully. Follow the river south this time and back to the forestry path and then on to the car park.

This is a gully route, so I would advise you wear a helmet if you have one. Gullies are the rubbish shoots of mountains, the rubbish being large tennis ball sized rocks! Map and compass...obviously :) A change of clothes/gloves. You will most likely get wet in the gully, so if the day is cold a second set of gloves and clothes in the car will help.

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Ian McCarthy
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I believe this is far from a moderate climb. The description is accurate to a point but the last climb to the summit is hard to follow and very steep. The path appears to be non existent. Likewise the initial decent down from the summit to the waterfall crossing is without a path and a steep decline through frog invested marshland. If you fancy a little bit of structure together with some “off the beaten track”, this will suit you. I wouldn’t recommend though. There are a lot more scenic and pleasant routes to follow to get on top of Lug.

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brendan mccarthy
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Des Russell
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