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Trostan Mountain Trostán A name in Irish
(Ir. Trostán [DUPN], 'pole/staff' [DUPN]) County Highpoint of Antrim, in County Highpoint, Arderin Lists, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 550m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 9 Grid Reference: D17960 23598 This summit has been logged as climbed by 231 members. Recently by: paddyobpc, dillonkdy, 21yearsgone, AdrianneB, declanohagan, Reeks2011, tomodub, mountainmike, stevebullers, benmm, maryt, stang, cohf88, srr45, Paradox_Pete
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Longitude: -6.155396, Latitude: 55.045748 , Easting: 317960, Northing: 423598 Prominence: 515m,   Isolation: 2.5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 717881 923581,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Trstn, 10 char: Trostan
Bedrock type: Olivine basalt lava, (Upper Basalt Formation)

Joyce's suggestion (INP, iii, 586) that this peak is so named because of its resemblance to a pilgrim's staff with a crooked top seems without foundation.   Trostan is the highest mountain in the Antrim Hills area and the 419th highest in Ireland. Trostan is the highest point in county Antrim.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Trostan in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
 
Squidgy Slog
by tsunami  19 Feb 2013
We each have our favourite mountain, and those that stick in our heads can inevitably be summarised by one word - majestic, magical, and treacherous as examples. For Trostan I’m going with – squidgy! 550m of soul destroying, strength sapping Squidginess to be precise! Thankfully this has now been ticked off my County High Points list and I need not feel compelled to return.

The walk started out very promising. I parked in the picturesque Glenariff Forest and set off along the Moyle Way . Crossing a style opposite the entrance to the forest and along the gravel paths to emerge on the Cushendall Road at the old Essathohan Railway Bridge . I continued to follow the Moyle Way sign posts and crossed a style just the North East of the bridge and began the boggy “slog” up the slopes towards the mountain proper. Some welcome respite from the wet ground conditions was provided by the pretty Essathohan Waterfall at the edge of the forest – however this is where the going gets trickier.

I took the advice provided by some of the reviewers on Mountainviews.ie and turned to the right – away from the Moyle Way and along a firebreak skirting the edge of the forest. A fence and style is reached which then provides a guide almost all the way to the summit across the most unrelenting bog – only made easier in some places as it was still frozen. While it pays to always be thinking 3-4 steps ahead in this terrain, this was almost impossible when you couldn’t guarantee that you next step would be a dry one!

After 1hr 10mins of this soul destroying, strength sapping slog, the bog remarkably gives way to the most barren, desolate “moonscape” around the summit. On a clear day the views would be truly spectacular, but surrounding haze and valley fog limited the view considerably today. I spent 20 minutes on the summit - forgetting the painful walk to get here, only to suddenly remember that I had to return.

I made an “executive” decision not to retrace my wet steps, but to take a more SW descent and link up with the Moyle Way again. Crossing a style and two more fences, the waymarkers came into view and led me back down to the forest edge, at which point things took a dramatic turn for the worse! I wonder, could Moyle District Council tell me, what is the point of a way marked walk, through a forest which is impossible to follow by way of posts, totally impassable due to fallen trees and deep bog? I totally lost my way and had to rely on the compass and map to get back on track – 400m east of where I thought I was! Even after rejoining the path it again disappeared after re-entering the forest and I had to walk in the brook almost all the way back to the waterfall.

The best advice I can therefore offer today is thus. If you are bagging peaks, or ticking off the County High Points, avoid the Moyle Way completely, take your chances on the open mountain following the fence. If you are not bagging peaks, or ticking off the County High Points, avoid Trostan! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/14930/
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The iron man of Antrim .. by kernowclimber   (Show all for Trostan)
 
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