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Dublin/Wicklow Area   Wicklow Mountains Subarea
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,   Summits in area: 111,   Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 49, 50, 55, 56, 61, 62, Extent1 For all tops   Highest summit: Lugnaquilla, 925m

Summits in area Dublin/Wicklow:
Ballinacorbeg 336mBallinastraw 284mBallycurry 301mBallyguile Hill 188mBallyhook Hill 288mBray Head Hill 240mCarrickgollogan 276mCarrigeen Hill 298mCarrigoona Commons 242mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mCupidstown Hill 379mDunranhill 342mEagle Hill 296mKilleagh 249mKilliney Hill 153mKilmichael Hill 267mKilnamanagh Hill 217mKnockannavea 396mKnockree 342mMount Kennedy 366mSlieveroe 332mWestaston Hill 270m
Dublin Mountains:   Corrig Mountain 617mGlendoo Mountain 586mKippure 757mKnocknagun 555mPrince William's Seat 555mSaggart Hill 395mSeahan 647mSeefin 621mSeefingan 723mTibradden Mountain 467mTwo Rock Mountain 536m
Wicklow Mountains:   Annagh Hill 454mBallinacor Mountain 531mBallinafunshoge 480mBallineddan Mountain 652mBallycumber Hill 431mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mBaltinglass Hill 382mBarranisky 280mBenleagh 689mBlack Hill 602mBrockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry Mountain 698mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCarrick Mountain 381mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCarrigleitrim 408mCarriglineen Mountain 455mCarrigshouk 573mCarrigvore 682mChurch Mountain 544mCloghernagh 800mCollon Hill 238mConavalla 734mCorriebracks 531mCorrigasleggaun 794mCroaghanmoira 664mCroghan Kinsella 606mCushbawn 400mDerrybawn Mountain 474mDjouce 725mDuff Hill 720mFananierin 426mGravale 718mGreat Sugar Loaf 501mKeadeen Mountain 653mKirikee Mountain 474mKnocknacloghoge 534mLakeen 357mLittle Sugar Loaf 342mLobawn 636mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mLuggala 595mLugnagun 446mLugnaquilla 925mMaulin 570mMoanbane 703mMoneyteige North 427mMullacor 657mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 790mMuskeagh Hill 397mPreban Hill 389mScarr 641mSeskin 344mSilsean 698mSleamaine 430mSlieve Maan 548mSlievecorragh 418mSlievefoore 414mSlievemaan 759mSorrel Hill 599mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mStoney Top 714mStookeen 420mTable Mountain 702mTinoran Hill 312mTomaneena 681mTonduff 642mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTrooperstown Hill 430mWar Hill 686m
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Great Sugar Loaf Mountain Ó Cualann A name in Irish
(Ir. Ó Cualann [OSI], 'lump of Cualu') Wicklow County In Arderin List

Height: 501m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O23776 13088 This summit has been logged as climbed by 725 members. Recently by: EefaBee, murpha26, bohstom, k_mcdermott, gringottsgoblin, wagenveld, Glanman2, tmcg, Hilldweller, newpark-cc, sepocon, ConorReeves258, paddyman, waster, inigoalana
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Longitude: -6.150518, Latitude: 53.15419 Prominence: 216m,   Isolation: 2.2km
ITM: 723697 713118,   GPS IDs, 6 char: GrtSgr, 10 char: GrtSgrLf

In his pioneering article on the place-names of North Wicklow and South Dublin mentioned in the tale Togail Bruidne Da Derga (JRSAI lxv, 1935), Eoin Mac Néill had some difficulty with the name Ó Cualann, for which he suggested the meaning 'sheep of Cualu' , due to some imagined resemblance. However, although this meaning is known in Old Irish, there is good reason to believe that ó here is a hill-name element, simply meaning 'lump'. It is rare, but is found in Gleann Ó (Glenoe, Co. Antrim [DUPN]) and in Mullach an Ó (East Mayo). For the English name Sugarloaf, For origin of name, see Sugarloaf Hill in the Knockmealdowns.   Great Sugar Loaf is the 461st highest summit in Ireland.

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Picture: Mini Croagh Patrick
 
An Iconic Mountain
Short Summary created by simon3, wicklore  3 Mar 2013 The Great Sugar Loaf is a very distinctive hill that towers above the small village of Kilmacanogue on the N11 Dublin – Wexford road. Conical and pointed, it is the volcano that never was. (Many people believe it is an extinct volcano but it is in fact Cambrian quartzite) But what is important is the fantastic shaped hill that is present now. It appears as a smaller version of Croagh Patrick.

Despite its rock-strewn steep upper slopes, the hill is easily climbed. (Although the final 30 metres ascent require care). The relatively easy ascent, combined with its close proximity to Dublin, means that the Great Sugar Loaf is climbed by thousands of people a year. It is surely one of the most famous hills in Ireland, and it even featured in the opening credits of TV soap Glenroe back in the day! The Sugar Loaf commands fine views, especially across the coast and even the mountains of Wales are easily visible to the naked eye on a clear day.

A car park at 235 119 (Point A) will knock a couple of hundred metres off the ascent. A clear track leads up grassy slopes before contouring around the hill as it rises into the rocky upper slopes. The final rocky scramble might require steadying hands as you haul up a short steep gully. Car park to summit can be walked in about 45 mins on average.

Another route, with less usage, more climbing and more rugged quartzite slopes, starts from the small car park O2436 1410 (Point B) beside the Fitzsimons Park GAA ground which can be reached from Kilmacanogue and the N11.

You will probably meet dozens of folk out walking who haven’t climbed other hills, but for whom the Great Sugar Loaf is a must.
Point A: O235 119 Point B: O2436 1410

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A scarred mountain
by paulocon  14 May 2012 Undoubtedly one of Ireland's Iconic mountains and one which always reminds me of Errigal. An impressive looking sight when driving down the N11. I had never climbed it so took advantage of a spare hour when driving down the country on a work-trip. Parked at the car-park on the Southern side of the mountain from which it's a relatively short walk along an obvious track which swings around and up the Western side of the mountain. Unfortunately, a low cloud cover meant that I didn't get to enjoy the views from the summit.

The mountain suffers from it's own popularity with the last section of the climb suffering badly from walker erosion. I'd venture a bet that it's one of Ireland's most climbed mountains.
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Picture: Sugarloaf
 
Great Sugarloaf
by Dessie1  25 May 2010 Climbed Sugarloaf for the fifth time I think and it still has to be the coolest thing to do if you have a spare hour or so. Whether it is in snow or bathed in sunshine this little mountain really does give a great sense of fulfillment when summited.I have always gone for the direct approach from the southern side (small carpark just off L1031 I think) but will eventually try other routes when time is more abundant.Well worth a climb.
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North East Face
by vycanismajoris  8 Feb 2012 I have climbed the south face from the car park several times in the past few weeks but decided to try the scramble of the north east face. The mountain is a different beast from this side. Tall, broad and intimidatingly rocky. Managed to get up in 45 minutes with a stop for a sore ankle. There is parking at the Kilmacanogue GAA club (O244 137 (Point C)) and a grassy path at the side that leads to several routes up the mountain. There are grassy trails to the west that snake up the mountain for a gentle hike or the direct approach which has hardly any obvious trails but is covered in loose rocks
Point C: O244 137
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Picture: John (6) and Peter (4)
by CaptainVertigo  26 Mar 2005 This was always going to be a very difficult weekend for me, sandwiched between two delicious Navan Hillwalker's outings (Mournes last Sunday -Wicklow next). Poor concentration. Weight gain. Irritability. Loss of libido. Urgency. Frequency. Flatulence. Alopecia. All the usual symptoms. I needed a fix. But I couldn't simply hare off on my own up another great mountain. After all I'm joint head of the family (according to the Constitution). They are entitled to some meaningful contact. Hmmm. Then it came to me. Bring them too! At least all except the eldest who's away. Given that our youngest lads are aged 4 and 6 we needed a mountain that would be accessible and not overly challenging...but with worthy views at the summit. The answer was the Great Sugar Loaf. After a surprisingly easy trip from Meath via the M50 we arrived at the well trodden base. Model planes were buzzing about. Then we had to get past the motorcyclists (who seemed to be aged between 8 and 12). Peter (4) quickly tired on the lower slopes which was exactly what I had hoped for: I carried him up "piggy back" style, loving every moment of the suffering, my mind totally fixed on next week's Navan assault and the need for preparation. When we reached the shoulder we faced a tricky little scramble up a steep stoney path to the summit. I was thrilled when the two little lads insisted on attacking the route like a pair of mountain goats. God bless them...you could see the magnificent Vertigo genes vibrating in their little limbs!! How proud I was as they munched their sambos and slurped their soup at "the top of the world". Now in case you think we're not safety conscious I want to assure you that the little lads were carefully monitored by three "big people" at all times. A great outing. Okay it would have been better if the mountain had been slightly less busy than Grafton Street, and if I could have taken pot shots at the Model Planes and the mad cyclists...and if the mountain wasn't so damaged...but its handy, and its perfect for kids and the views are stunning. So...hey...you can't have it all!!
P.S. Mummy has pointed out that John is aged 6 not 7. I have corrected this error above. Also I have been asked to point out that John climbed the G.Sugar Loaf from base to summit and back without so much as an "are we there yet?" He is a true natural. PPS Mummy points out that the scramble just before the Sugar Loaf's summit could be dangerous.
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by csd  2 Mar 2003 Tends to get very busy at weekends, and watch out for the motorbike scramblers. A lot quieter on the northern shoulders with rabbits hopping about your feet and the view of Dublin in front of you. Picture is a view of the summit taken from the southern approach near the car park.
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