Ascent of Mount Leinster on 2018-10-14

Climber: David Howells

Date:Sunday, October 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Leinster
    Elevation:2608 ft / 794 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mount Leinster and Knockroe, Carlow/Wexford, Ireland (Hewitt and Marilyn)
I’m keeping these summaries short as I’m on a two month tour of Ireland and there’s a lot of hills to hike and therefore lots of entries.
All mapping used are view ranger digital OS 1:50 or 1:25. You will get the best results by uploading my wikiloc gpx giles into this mapping software.
Basically this route starts at Scullogue gap where there is a neat car park where the unclassified road meets the R702. There is a small stone table there. Only enough room for two cars. Walk back along the secondary road a few hundred meters and there is a signposted track that heads north. This trail is a wide farm track. Once you come to a gate go across country NE towards Knockroe. This is tussock country with the odd sheep trail so quite hard going. Not long after I came to the holy cross and just beyond that I had my first break at the roundhouse. This was at the hour mark. From here there there is an obvious trail that goes NE down the hill and up to Mt Leinster. The ascent to to Mt Leinster was boggy in places but after 2hr 15mins I was at the trip pointed masted summit. I was going to go over to black rock but it looked far too boggy with no defined path (lots of rain the night before). I then had another break and then retraced my route back downhill again but this time skirted Knockroe. I was back in the car park in 3hrs 30min having done nigh on 13kms and 728m of ascent. I forgot to mention that this was a stunning crisp autumn days and the views were pretty good of the nearby peaks. It’s not a mountainous landscape but pretty picture postcard effect. Mt Leinster is not the most stunning of peaks but it is nice. Go and enjoy.

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2375 ft / 723 m
    Grade/Class:Easy hike
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Glorious autumn day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2375 ft / 723 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.8 km
    Start Trailhead:233 ft / 71 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Howells
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