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Croaghgorm Mountain An Chruach Ghorm A name in Irish
(Ir. An Chruach Ghorm [DUPN], 'the blue stack') Donegal County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartz & feldspar pebbles, green matrix Bedrock

Height: 674m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 11 Grid Reference: G94832 89584
Place visited by 175 members. Recently by: paulbrown, wicklore, abcd, Grumbler, Val Jones, glencree, BogRunner1, eoghancarton, gernee, 40Shades, jamesmforrest, Deyzy, IncaHoots, peter1, padstowe
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Longitude: -8.081078, Latitude: 54.754162 , Easting: 194832, Northing: 389584 Prominence: 541m,  Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 594780 889575,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crghgr, 10 char: Croaghgorm
Bedrock type: Quartz & feldspar pebbles, green matrix, (Lough Mourne Formation)

Situated in the townland of Sruell. Marked as Bluestack on 1st series of 6 maps. Locally the range is simply known as na Cruacha or the Crows.   Croaghgorm is the highest mountain in the Bluestack Mountains area and the 154th highest in Ireland. Croaghgorm is the third highest point in county Donegal.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: memorial plaque on N slopes
 
gerrym on Croaghgorm, 2007
by gerrym  28 Aug 2007
I have approached Croaghgorm from both E and W as part of routes over the central Bluestacks. It is a rugged mountain with fairly complex terrain approaching from neighbouring Ardnageer/Knockgorm on the eastern side (see for previous part of a circuit). This ascent is south west from Ardnageer over firm but rough ground into a col. I kept close to the northern slopes, avoiding more complex ground running off south which could be difficult in poor visibility. The climb ahead arched around northwards with the summit hidden in mist. There is not a great height to be climbed going by the map but this is deceptive as have to climb in and out of a series of gullies.

I came across a 3x3 section of riveted aluminium, which i presume is part of the Sunderland aircraft which crashed here during the war (as described in Walk Guide West of Ireland by P. Simms & T. Whilde). This was in a gulley just before a perfectly formed little lough prior to the final climb to the summit area. If the gulley is followed N it will reveal more parts of the aircraft, including two engine blocks, with further wreckage strewn over the hillside. There is also a poignant memorial on a rock further down the hill, including several rememberance wreaths placed over the years.
There is a cairn as climb onto the summit - the true summit is about 5 minutes off to the N.W., past the end of a newly constructed fenceline, marked by the remains of a stone shelter. The mist was beginning to lift by this time and i got glimpses S.W to Donegal Bay and N.W. to Lavagh More. Descend N.W. taking a bearing on point 597 on the map, skirting around this and the neighbouring loughs to descend steeply over grassy ground into Struell Gap.
The approach from the W was also from the Struell Gap, but in better weather and allowed me to fully appreciate the monster views from the hill, down into the deep Struell valley and further afield to the other high peaks of Donegal. Bathed in sunlight the hill and those surrounding it can take on a magical persona, rugged, rocky, wild, beuatiful, isolated and even warm (just about). Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/comment/1015/
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Picture: Croaghnard Valley in the evening light
Painful descent via Croachanard Lough
by Colin Murphy  29 Mar 2014
Having spent over three hours reaching this isolated summit from the Reelan River bridge at G963 937 A, rather than re-trace my steps, I decided I could save considerable time and enjoy better views by returning via the wonderful Croaghanard Lough Valley. There is a forest to the north of the lough in which I could see a distinct track (visible in picture). I descended into the valley which was surprisingly firm underfoot, keeping to the east of the numerous streams. There is enough space between the forest and lough to allow for relatively easy walking. All went well until I was just to the north of the lough and only 100m from the forest track - the only problem was that there was no access to the track! After searching around for 15 minutes, I realised I would have to take the plunge and battle through the densely packed woodland. I finally emerged on to the track after 20 minutes of cursing, crawling, fighting and beating my way through unbending branches! The track led me directly back to my car as it happened, and saved me over an hour's journey. But was it worth it? Scratched, bruised, leggings shredded! If you decide to take this route, bring a machete! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/comment/15953/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: On the eastern slopes looking towards Lavagh More in evening light.
 
Demands Repeated Visits To Fully Appreciate And Explore
by Aidy  9 Nov 2016
The first time I climbed Croaghgorm, I did it as part of a long walk along the central spine of the Bluestacks, going over several summits, and I didn't really have the time or energy to explore the huge bulk of this mountain, just making sure I visited the summit before continuing to Lavagh More. At the time, I remember thinking that it deserved a longer visit and more exploration beyond the summit. Since then, three further summits have been added, that would previously have just been considered subsidiaries of Croaghgorm itself. As a result, I have returned twice more to bag those new tops, and also to find the wreckage of the World War II plane that I missed the first time. Its been great to get more familiar with Croaghgorm's fantastic rocky summit area and the various views it offers. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/comment/18696/
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eflanaga on Croaghgorm, 2006
by eflanaga  11 Jun 2006
JUst an additional photo taken on the NNE slopes of Croaghgorm showing some of the wreckage of the aircraft. This appears to be part of the engine block but nat having a clue about such thinks I could be wrong. There was also pieces of fuselage spread around a large area. Presumably storms over the years have blown the lighter fragments of the plane all across the mountain. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/comment/2395/
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