Ascent of Mullaghmeen on 2014-09-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:856 ft / 260 m

Ascent Trip Report

A woods road walk in a superb deciduous forest, Wildlife Sanctuary ..... 5km, 1h10 RT.

After visiting Corn Hill we went back to Granard and continued east on R194 for 6km to Right onto R394, 2.3km south past Fienna stayed left at the fork onto L1771, we zeroed our odo a this fork:
0.0km ... Junction R394/L1771, took L1771 eastbound for Castletown.
1.0km ... stayed right at fork
3.5km ... stayed left at fork for Castlepollard
4.6km ... left onto road for Old Castle
6.4km ... arrived at the crest-of-the-road, the HP beong to the right (south). We went to the house on the right side of the road just over the crest for trail information. The guy washing a car went and got, Alan Kenny, a very friendly young man with a body shop who told directed us to the TH. We chatted for a good while about all sorts of things, among them the narrow roads, politics and bilingualism. He feels that today's generation is not learning the Irish Language.
8.1km ... parked car at the wide entrance on the right with a black/yellow locked gate, signed "Wildlife Sanctuary". I must say that I didn't see any wildlife on my hike, not even a bird. This was my TH.

A wide woods road climbs through a beautiful open deciduous forest with outstanding tall trees, trunks covered with moss and ivy. These kind of surrounding makes me full of joy and happiness, I just love it. Once out of the forest it is all open/grass and 200 meters to the summit.

The woods road heads right-of-south for .5km (all distances I give here are guess-estimates)/.9km westerly/.3km southerly to a T-Junction with another woods road. A sign on this corner "Car Park" points left, telling me that perhaps there is another route to this summit. I turned left (east) on the road and at .2km found a somewhat obscure trail on the right (once on it however, it's a very clear trail) which climbs south .3km to a T-Junction with a gravel path. I turned right and in .3km meters was on the summit (the last .2km all open) .... a large cairn marks the HP, however ground 60 meters before and to the left of the trail contends for the HP.

The place is full of black berries and I picked the perfect time for the visit .... ripe berries, full sun and an splendid country side panorama of patchwork green. Had my fill of berries as I enjoyed my blessed stay.

Once back to the TH we had a peanut butter/banana sandwhich for lunch as I relived my hike with Rose, she had walked in the forest for 20 minutes.

It was early afternoon, we continue on to Old Castle and look for a B&B, don't like getting in too late. We easily found our B&b and once confirmed we still had had most of the afternoon available, so what better way to spend the time than another COHP .... on to the near-by Slieve na Calliagh, Meath County.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:528 ft / 160 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:woods road sw
    Trailhead:Wildlife entrance gate to the north  328 ft / 99 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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