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Wicklow Area   NW: Mullaghcleevaun Subarea
Place count in area: 115, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW, EW-DM, EW-LG, EW-WE, EW-WS 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 924.7m
Maximum height for area: 924.7 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 556.9mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 549.5mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 471.7mCamaderry East Top 677.3mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 456.6mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 476.1mKirikee Mountain 474.5mLugduff 653.2mLugduff SE Top 638mMullacor 660.7mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 713.7mTonelagee 815.8mTonelagee E Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 545.8m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 238.9mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372.9mGreat Sugar Loaf 501.2mLittle Sugar Loaf 342.4m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342.1mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 527.4mKnocknacloghoge 532.4mLuggala 593.3mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 640mScarr North-West Top 559.8mSleamaine 430m
NE: Vartry:   Ballinacorbeg 336mBallycurry 301mDunranhill 342mMount Kennedy 365.9m
NW: Blessington:   Carrigleitrim 408mLugnagun 446.2mSlieveroe 332mSorrel Hill 599.5m
NW: Mullaghcleevaun:   Black Hill 602.2mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682.4mDuff Hill 720.8mGravale 719mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 846.7mMullaghcleevaun East Top 796mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 529.3mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 662.3mCroaghanmoira North Top 579.5mFananierin 426mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella:   Annagh Hill 454mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mSlievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills:   Lakeen 357mMonaughrim 206mSeskin 344mStookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills:   Ballycumber Hill 429.7mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 398.2m
SE: Wicklow South East:   Ballinastraw 284mBallyguile Hill 188mBarranisky 280mCarrick Mountain 381mCollon Hill 238mKilnamanagh Hill 217mWestaston Hill 270m
W: Baltinglass:   Ballyhook Hill 288mBaltinglass Hill 382mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigeen Hill 298mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mKeadeen Mountain 653mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mTinoran Hill 312m
W: Cen Lugnaquilla:   Ballineddan Mountain 652mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 800mCorrigasleggaun 794.6mLugnaquilla 924.7mSlievemaan 759m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Mullaghcleevaun Mountain Mullach Cliabháin A name in Irish, also Cleevaun an extra EastWest name in English (Ir. Mullach Cliabháin [], 'summit of the cradle/basket') Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite with microcline phenocrysts Bedrock

Height: 846.7m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O06762 07044
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Longitude: -6.406732, Latitude: 53.103585 , Easting: 306763, Northing: 207044 Prominence: 374m,  Isolation: 1.5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 706688 707076,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mlghcl, 10 char: Mlghclvn
Bedrock type: Granite with microcline phenocrysts, (Type 2p microcline porphyritic)

Joyce says it is named after a cradle-like depression near the top, presumably the one occupied by Cleevaun Lough.   Mullaghcleevaun is the second highest mountain in the Wicklow area and the 22nd highest in Ireland. Mullaghcleevaun is the second highest point in county Wicklow.

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Picture: Mullaghcleevaun and corrie from the East
Bulky rounded summit which is the crux of many North Wicklow routes
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, simon3  17 Aug 2023
Mullaghcleevaun is a bulky mountain in NW Wicklow, just a few km E of Blessington Lakes. Commanding 360 degree views of the Wicklow uplands, its steep NE corrie is home to Cleevaun Lough. Navigational ability is a must in mist as the top is fairly featureless and there is dangerous ground to its NE.

NW. Mullaghcleevaun can be reached from the NW via Black Hill starting from O04384 10845 starA. There is a good track initially but after Black Hill it can be quite boggy esp. after rain. (3.5h+ 12k round trip)

SE. Park near O10271 05243 starB under Carrigshouk and, avoiding the very steep eastern side of Carrigshouk, head on a feint trail in a NW direction until you get to the ridge that connects M with Carrigshouk. It's a straightforward ridge walk after this although care should be taken in the mist as the path is not always well defined before East Top. (2h+ 9k round trip)

NE. Start at the Sally Gap [O13028 10994 starC] and start by following directions for Carrigvore. It's a much walked route but tracks aren't always easy to find [3 to 4 hrs one way and over 12k]

E. Park at O11313 07381 starD and follow directions to Duff Hill before joining the previous trail.

If linking M with Tonlegee beware that the Barnacullian ridge can be very soft - it's best to walk on the E side of this. Be aware that the Glenmacnass River may become impassable quickly in rain.

Short return tracks include track/2370 and track/1729
See track/2355 for a long loop and track/2293 for a long A to B. Linkback: Picture about mountain Mullaghcleevaun (<i>Mullach Cliabháin</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Lokking back at Mullaghcleevaun on route to Moanbane
pplsgod on Mullaghcleevaun
by pplsgod  10 Mar 2021
Climbed Mullaghcleevaun via Carrigshouk and the East Top on the 26th September 2009. Decided to traverse across from Carrigshouk to Ballyknockan. There is a nice pub called the Lakeview Lodge where I parked my car in the morning and got a lift back to the start point of Carrigshouk at O102 050 starE

The climb to Carrigshouk itself was relatively straightforward, the ground on the day was dry and made climbing a lot easier. From the summit I took a moment to get my bearings and then proceeded north-west to Mullaghcleevaun east top. The cloud had descended around me by the time I was nearly at the summit but thankfully the ground was easy to walk along.

For those of you who geocache there is one hidden not far from the east top summit so I spent a few minutes looking for this. From here I then went due west trying to avoid descending too much ground before heading to Mullaghcleevaun itself. Due to the thickness of the cloud at this time I was at the summit in no time as the hike over from the east top is relatively straightforward .

Mullaghcleevaun was busy on the day as I ran into a walking club on the summit so I didn't hang around too long, sadly due to the cloud cover the views were hidden on the day. From here headed down to Billy Byrne's gap before heading upto Moanbane summit. The clouds had dissipated at this point and the view of the reservoir by now was excellent.

Took the relative short walk across to Silsean which due to the broken nature of the ground took longer than anticipated. The route up and indeed most of the summit has been destroyed by quad bikes making the hike a tougher slog than it would normally have been. Be sure to take care if the weather is wet.

From here it is descent all the way to Ballyknockan. Its a long descent and I found it tough on the feet so take a little extra time. Refer to the Mullaghcleevaun traverse on the walks list of this site for more info. Overall start to finish took 4.5 hours and well worth a little preparation with a 2 car set up. Linkback:
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Geo on Mullaghcleevaun, 2009
by Geo  23 Mar 2009
The terminus of our Sunday walk on March 22 2009. Took about 3.5 hours from Sally Gap and 3 hours return by the same route. Ascending to the trig point from Mullaghcleevaun East, you will be glad to have favourable weather as you can pick your way upslope hard to the right to avoid the awfull peaty mud. If its misty and you have to follow a bearing its best stay on the bearing as going too far north to avoid the muck will bring you close to a bluff overlooking the corrie lake of Cleevaun Lough, which is a gorgeous little jewel set in the massive head of Mullaghcleevaun itself. A couple of memorials up here to look at as you wander around the summit trig point. Linkback:
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Picture: Cleevaun Lough frozen solid during our recent arctic weather
Cleevaun Lough
by senior  7 Mar 2011
Cleevaun Lough frozen solid during our recent arctic weather Linkback:
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simon3 on Mullaghcleevaun, 2002
by simon3  30 Sep 2002
Mullaghcleevaun at 849 metres is the second highest mountain in Wicklow, after Lugnaquillia. Claude Wall said "[it].. commands the great plains to the north and west for an immense distance, the northern half of Leinster and the distant heights of Connaught and Ulster being visible on a clear day." On the north-east side of the summit, there is Cleevaun Lake. Often this is shrouded in mist, its wet surrounds making a cold place to rest before the steep ascent onto the summit. The day the picture was taken, at the end of an Indian Summer in Sept 2002, the clear view can be seen. Linkback:
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Pádraig on Mullaghcleevaun, 2004
by Pádraig  13 Jun 2004
During the recent run of dry weather I climbed Mullaghcleevaun. Leaving the car in Gelnmacnass car park I walked up the Military road for some 2.5 miles to reach Carrigshouk. Having walked around this hill, you are given clear access to Mullaghcleevan East Top. Take some of the sheep paths through the heather and it will direct you on a hassel free approach. From East Top the gentle walk to the top of Mullaghcleevaun is straight forward (particularly in such dry weather). Once on the summit, it's nice to make a stop and maybe offer a prayer at the memorial for the An Oige members who died back in the fifties. On the descent I headed in the direction of Tonelagee (south). The stretch of land to Barnacullian is very unusual as there are great fissures in the bog resulting in a slow and time consuming trek. In some parts I came across crevasses that were nearly twenthy feet deep and fifteen feet wide. To stray into one of these would certainly give you a bit more than a sprained ankle. So, as you can imagine, there was a lot of doubling back and trying to find a different route. With a leap of imagination you could almost feel that you were trying to negotiate the Khumbu Icefall (or at least a boggy version of it). I'm sure this route could be somewhat dangerous in wet weather or in poor visibility. Anyway, once you hit Stoney Top, the pleasure of Tonelagee awaits. Linkback:
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