Ascent of Kippure on 2015-02-15
|Date:||Sunday, February 15, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2484 ft / 757 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSince I was on my own and could not get to my real hike of choice I took what the weather conditions would give to me and that was Kipur only a 40 minute drive from my hotel. I took exit 12 on the M50 and worked my way over to R115 Old Military Road. You start climbing a winding narrow road which may be rhetorically spoken when driving in Ireland but this one sucked because of all the damn bike traffic and bus traffic on the damn thing. You take this up a couple of miles until you get to a very poorly marked fork in the road that has a small parking lot and an overlook of Dublin. I stopped took a picture and asked a tour bus driver which way was the continuation of old military road. Effectively stay to the right. After another 1/2 mile up that road the country opens up into wide open territory and the hills of the wickolow range. with the crazy weather the terrain looked even more interesting to me. hill tops shaded in low clouds with blue sky in spots with 30 knot winds. You effectively stay on this road for a few miles until you get to a small parking lot on your right. The road that goes to the top is gated and it has a small grove of trees which was easy to spot in this landscape. The parking lot was full due to a bunch of dog owners that were running their dogs around the bogs or whatever you wanted to call the land nearby. I had to park about 1/4 mile down in small pullout. The hike was about 2 1/4 miles to the top and with the road it was quick easy going. I used the walk more as a workout more than anything else. Of course the summit was covered in clouds so there was absolutely no view but that was my luck in Ireland on this trip. It took me 1 1/2 hours to do the round trip as I took a lot of pictures but I did love the scenery on the way up even with no view. If you have 3 or 4 hours this is a great easy and close hike near Dublin and it may even be a better jogging path than a hiking path. However I marked off a Ireland County highpoint #2 Dublin County.
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| Round-Trip Distance:||4.5 mi / 7.2 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike|
| Weather:||Drizzle, Cold, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds|
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