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Knocknapeasta Mountain Cnoc na Péiste A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc na Péiste [OSI 1:25,000], 'hill of the serpent/monster') Kerry County In Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists

Height: 988m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V83587 84178 This summit has been logged as climbed by 378 members. Recently by: guestuser, ckilm, oldsoldier, gallybander, Willyc, MichaelO, GSheehy, BleckCra, vic the lip, Moneenman, cianolaoithe, GerLeahy, toshea, aaronfarrell, dreilly
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Longitude: -9.695697, Latitude: 51.99795 Prominence: 253m,   Isolation: 0.5km
ITM: 483562 584237,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CncnPs, 10 char: CncnPst

The lake below this peak is Loch Coimín Piast, 'lake of the little hollow of serpents'. Like many another Irish mountain lake, there was probably a story of a water-monster associated with it which has now been lost. In December 1943 an American Dakota aircraft crashed into the slopes of Cnoc na Péiste just above the lake. Pieces of the aircraft are still visible. A plaque here commemorates the 5 victims and there is another plaque at Cronin's Yard (Jim Ryan, Carrauntoohil and MacGillycuddy's Reeks, 80-81).   Cnoc na Péiste is the 4th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cnoc na Péiste in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Knocknapeasta from Cruach Mhor
 
Mountain monsters
Short Summary created by jackill  3 Jul 2011 Park in Cronins Yard V83665 87340 (Point A) where there is pay parking (2€ per day) and room for 50 cars.
There is also a seasonal Tea room and toilets.Walk through the gate and follow the track through another gate and over a stream. The path becomes loose pebbles, turn left just before the first bridge crossing to a stile at V83070 86411 (Point B). Follow the stream edge from here before turning off to the left aiming for a noticable line of rocks that descend from Lough Cummeenapeasta. Follow this line up to the Lough.
Ascend eastwards over large rocks to the summit, it is easier to use these to step on rather than picking your way around them on the scant loose soil.
From Cruach Mhor start by following the ridge crest then following the faint track down and along under the northside of the ridge by-passing the first 2 rock outcrops.
Where the path divides to an upper and lower track take take the lower one. Start to ascend at V84039 84575 (Point C) where the track to the summit is steep but obvious.
The descent to the col with Knocknapeasta is straightforward.
From the Col walk towards Knocknapeasta at first following a track below the ridgeline to the south, after passing the first 200 meters ascend to the ridgeline and follow a very exposed track on the north side of the ridge, extreme care is required here as a slip could be fatal.The track passes to the south side after 200 meters and the route becomes easier. A short steeper ascent brings you to the summit.
Point A: V83665 87340 Point B: V83070 86411 Point C: V84039 84575

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cnoc na Péiste in area MacGillycuddy
by jackill  29 Aug 2004 Cnoc na Péiste from the ridge after The Big Gun. The path after the col under the Big Gun starts on the south side then crosses over to the north side then back to the south side - the only hair raising bit is on the north side - a two foot ledge in places with nothing between you and Lough Cummeenapeasta except fresh air.
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by pormerod  14 Dec 2004 I climbed the Cruach Mhor to Cnoc an Chullin ridge, and back to Maolan Bui for descent down the Bone, on a misty 10 December 2004. Occasional glimpses of views into the corries, but just before descending a superb cloud inversion, with the summits of the main peaks above the cloud and a fantastic brokenspectre.

Cruach Mhor to Cnoc na Peiste is an excellent ridge which deserves much more attention from UK walkers. In terms of length, interest and difficulty, it is better than anything in England and Wales. Only Snowdon via Crib Goch is at all comparable. There is more massive exposure on Crib Goch, but few, if any, scrambling moves are needed on Crib Goch This ridge is more scrambly.

In Scottish terms, An Teallach via Corrag Bhuidhe Buttress is definitely harder, and probably Aonach Eagach in my view. It is most similar to Am Fasarinen on Liathach, though again there is more exposure and a bit less scrambling moves on the Liathach ridge. I agree with a previous comment that this ridge is a UK grade 2 scramble. But overall superb.

Just one final comment. On a wettish day after some wet days, I found both the rocks and grass on the steep descent down the Bone pretty treacherous, requiring concentration. It is certainly not a fast descent in these conditions.
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Picture: Knife-Edge!
 
by John Finn  30 Apr 2006 The exciting knife-edge from Cnoc na Peiste to Cruach Mhor
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Picture: Cnoc na Péiste viewed from Maolán Buí
by dbloke  4 Jan 2009 From Maolán Buí, Cnoc na Péiste is near enough (10 mins) for a quick "grab and bag" before returning back down The Bone. Saving The Big Gun for a clearer, less slippery day.
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by sbarany  22 Aug 2005 The rope and the wing. You cannot really see it from the shore because of the reflections on the surface. You have to climb up to Cruach Mhór to see it (the more sunshine, the better view).
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