Ascent of Carrauntoohil on 2019-07-02

Climber: Chris Gordon

Others in Party:Nickie
Date:Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:3409 ft / 1039 m

Ascent Trip Report

We opted to start at the Lisleibane carpark and trailhead instead of the more popular Cronin's Yard. The carpark is very nice and has space for 30+ cars. One also starts a few hundred feet higher for those concerned with every last bit of altitude gain.

The trail is easy to see and follow. There are tons of sheep, with their spray-painted coats of pink and blue, along the hike. Even a few only 50 yards or so from the summit.

The Devil's Ladder is very straight forward. We had no issues with balance or rockfall, but I can see how it could become a concern in bad weather or with an incredibly crowded trail. We started earlier in the day so only a few groups were above us. The summit was very socked in when we arrived. No views unfortunately. Pretty windy too. It did feel nice to visit the "roof of Ireland".

Due to crowding, we opted to hike across to the zig-zag trail for our descent route. It is clearly visible from the top of the ladder all the way up to the summit. Across the bowl ridge. No crowds, great view of the mountains, and definitely better for those afraid of the steepness of the Devil's Ladder descent. I recommend this route. It is a bit longer, but the ease of the trail allows for about the same amount of travel time down. It lets out down near the beginning of the ladder route.

Gorgeous scenery. A great trip.
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Carrauntoohil and Devil's Ladder Route, from near Cnoc na Toinne (2019-07-02). Photo by Chris Gordon.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Devil's Ladder
    Start Trailhead:Lisleibane-Carrauntoohil Trailhead  
Descent Statistics
    Route:Zig-Zag trail
    End Trailhead:Lisleibane carpark  

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