Ascent of Croaghaun on 2018-11-23

Climber: David Howells

Date:Friday, November 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:2257 ft / 687 m

Ascent Trip Report

Croaghaun, Achill Island, Ireland (Hewitt, Marilyn and 600m+ peak) and Croaghaun SW Top (Hewitt).
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.
Achill Island is a paradise and a lumpy one at that and Croaghaun is the highest lump on the island at 688m. It simply soars directly out of the sea bordered with plunging huge cliffs. Now the start of the hike is some way away in Dooagh as this was where I spent the night in my motor home. It was November so despite the sign saying no overnight stays on the beach side I did so as it was just so quiet on the island. This can serve as a day time car park for you as it is free and has room for 8-10 cars easily. My road walk in was rather long but it was a glorious autumn day. About 3kms along the seafront road and then you hang a right for another 1.5km walk in to the lake. Now you head west and uphill for Croaghaun skirting a big craggy amphitheatre as you go. The going is actually not too steep or hard even though there’s no path as such. The views are stunning too....! The bulk of Croaghaun comes up on you and you literally aim for the high point. All the time the views of Slievemore, Achill Head and Croaghaun’s SW top against a blue sky background are just simply stunning. Eventually two hours after setting out I’m at the top at the non impressive cairn. I am getting buffeted with 20mph+ winds but I have views to kill for. The jagged peak of Croaghaun’s SW top begs you towards her so off I go. It’s about 6-700m away and it's a beauty. It’s jagged, steep a tad scrambly but nowhere dangerous and just has the best are simply at the edge of the world! After this it’s back to Croaghaun and off down on a wide easterly loop back to lake Accorymore. The views are still relentless in their beauty all the way down and then it’s the road walk out.
All in all this was a scintillating 15.7km hike (stopped in a coffee shop on the walk out so a tad shorter) ...along with 877m of ascent done in 4hrs 37min. One of the best days ever!!!

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2877 ft / 876 m
    Grade/Class:Moderate hike
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Windy clear autumn day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2877 ft / 876 m
    Distance:9.8 mi / 15.7 km
    Start Trailhead:-620 ft / -188 m
    Time:4 Hours 37 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Howells
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