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Common Mountain Mountain Sliabh Chamáin A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Chamáin [logainm.ie], poss. 'mountain of the crooked
place')
Donegal County In Arderin List

Height: 501m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 10 Grid Reference: G70920 85943 This summit has been logged as climbed by 26 members. Recently by: Onzy, Garmin, Wilderness, liz50, Geo, millsd1, sandman, juliewoods, Jamessheerin, bryanmccabe, Brambler, markmcivor, ironbird9, muschi, ahendroff
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Longitude: -8.452004, Latitude: 54.720658 Prominence: 316m,   Isolation: 2.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 570879 885937,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CmnMnt, 10 char: CmnMntn

The nearby townland of Roechrow also appears to get its name from a hill (poss. Ir. Ruachruach, 'red stack').   Common Mountain is the third highest mountain in the Donegal SW area and the 460th highest in Ireland. Common Mountain is the second most easterly summit in the Donegal SW area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Common Mountain in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: pic:madfrankie
 
Broad Top with Steep Ground to North and East
Short Summary created by Onzy  30 Jun 2014 Common Mountain is isolated from most other hills by its location in the apex of a narrow fork of land, where the N56 meets the R230.

The hill is thus most often climbed by itself. For the easiest ascent, it is hard to ignore the layby parking at G687 859 (Point A) to the west, which is already at an elevation of 270m. From here you need to outflank the forested area. This can be done either by heading northwest along the road for 100m, or southeast about 100m to the hairpin bend, before heading south over open ground. Once around the forest you can head east towards the summit. An hour should see you at the summit and an up and down should take well under two hours.

Common Mountain can be linked with a climb of Crocknapeast. From Common, descend to a broad and peaty col at G698 848 (Point B) (sh 384) before heading south to Crocknapeast. On the descent, you are probably best returning via the same col; a circuit of about three hours in total

From the summit, very steep ground to the north and east points towards a possible circuit from that direction.

There are a number of 'No Trespassing' signs scattered around the hill.
Point A: G687 859 Point B: G698 848

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Common Mountain in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: guide rope across river
by gerrym  25 Nov 2006 I started this walk from the scenic viewpoint and carpark (687859) at the head of the Glengesh Pass, a fantastic drive up through a steep sided valley along hairpin bends to gain height. At the hairpin bend just below the carpark there is a gate and rough track heading onto the hillside. This is accompanied by a sign saying 'private no entry', joining a plethora of other such signs up through the valley. I politely ignored the sign, dropping down, crossing a stream and started climbing the open hillside. The views along the valley soon open out to include the magnificent coastline of the area, including Slievetooey. Cross an easy area of peat hags and pick up the remains of an old wall heading uphill. A broad top is reached in 30 mins, with views stretching across Donegal Bay to the clear line of the Sligo Hills and the Ox mtns stretching westwards. A further 15 mins NE brings the summit of eroded peat and some stone, with a small cairn and 'OS pillar', or concrete filled plastic pipe as it is more commonly known as in these parts. A much more satisfying route is visible from here, taking in the natural horeshoe of steep slopes to the N & E. The views from the summit take in the remainder of Donegals hills - the Bluestacks and the Derryveaghs. To the S I could see the boats in the fishing port of Killybegs.
I returned SW and trhen S along the broad top on good ground, picking up a fenceline. Where the fence turns to avoid an outcrop of rock, cross and head down towards the col at point 384m (698848). The ground looks terrible from here but is not too bad to cross. Pick up a newly constructed fence and follow as it turns and heads uphill, but veer off S for the top of Crocknapeast (497m), reached 45 mins after Common. Pass some pools of water at the top and then drop and rise as follow around the rim of the valley containing the Crow river. A line of old rotting fence posts show the way, with great views to the top of Crownard to the S. Reach the top of Mulnanaff (475m) and contour around another river valley dropping down from this line of hills. Head downhill now towards a stand of conifers and pick up a waymarked way (663826 (Point C)). This is very wet and could better be characterised as a streaam in many places. A stream is crossed, with the help of a guide rope (666837 (Point D)), and a lane provides easier passage. This joins the road heading back to Glengesh and 45 mins of walking does the job. A walk over a good part of the Glengesh hills, good views, no other people, not the best weather, enjoyable day.
Point C: G663 826 Point D: G666 837
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Common Mountain in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: Toward Common Mountain summit from the Sth West
 
by madfrankie  4 Sep 2005 Started from the lay-by near the top of the Glengesh Pass. Walked south past the forestry before squelching SE across boggy moorland. A messy but easy ascent to the skyline brings you to a fence which can be followed for a distance. Gradient steepens slightly before you arrive at the summit, marked with a concrete-filled plastic pipe atop a peaty knoll.
Good views include down to Ardara and Loughros More Bay, and northwest to Meenacurrin / Slievetooey.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Common Mountain in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: The summit marker of Common Mountain
by madfrankie  4 Sep 2005 Summit of Common Mountain with Ardara and Loughros More Bay in the distance
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Common Mountain in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: Common Mountain from the Glengesh Valley
 
by murphysw  18 Jul 2005 I took this snap of Common Mountain after I drove through the Glengesh Pass having climbed Sliabh League earlier in the day. Incidentally on the cover of the Discovery Series Map 10 is a picture of the Glengesh Pass and the mountain to the right of the road is Common Mountain.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Common Mountain in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: Common mountain in snow from Glengesh hill Feb 2010
by sharkey  25 Feb 2010 Well, I set out to climb this old mountain last Saturday, after checking it out here on the site, but, due to the fact that the entire mountain was covered in snow and the summit shrouded in thick cloud, I had to change my plans. So, not wanting to be completely defeated, I decided to take a run up its neighbour Glengesh hill. I simply parked at the turnoff for Meensaseasc ( the road conditions nearer the pass were too treacherous ), walked up to just above the veiwing point, hopped the ditch to my left and headed on up the hill through the snow. It was also covered in snow but alot less daunting and the views were amazing as you can see! Well worth the trip but, Common mountain, I'll be back!
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