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MacGillycuddy's Reeks Area   SE: Reeks East Subarea
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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 Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Well-bedded grey sandstone Bedrock

Height: 985.1m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V83600 84200
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Longitude: -9.695516, Latitude: 51.998151 , Easting: 83600, Northing: 84200 Prominence: 253m,  Isolation: 0.5km
ITM: 483575 584259,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Kncknp, 10 char: Kncknpst
Bedrock type: Well-bedded grey sandstone, (Lough Acoose Sandstone Formation)

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 place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknapeasta (<i>Cnoc na Péiste</i>) in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Knocknapeasta from Cruach Mhor
 
A magnificent rocky peak - the highest of the Eastern Reeks.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, jackill  21 Feb 2021
Knocknapeasta lies high above the Hag's Glen to the N and the Black Valley to the S. It's conical, rocky summit is the end point of the most challenging ridge walk in the country. However, access from other directions is easier. Great views esp. of the Big Gun, Carrauntoohil, Purple and indeed much of Corca Dhuibhne and Beara can be visible.
N. Park at Cronin's Yard [V83608 87337 A A] or Lisleibane [V82707 87311 B B] and follow the obvious track towards Hag's Glen. You've a few choices from here :
a) to avoid the challenge of the arête head into the glen as far as approx. V82303 85034 C and from here head SE up The Bone. The route is fairly obvious and as you ascend it becomes narrower and the track more obvious. If taking this route down be very careful to keep right at around V83100 83899 D.
b) leave the track at approx. V83047 86583 E and head for Loch Cummeenapeasta. If you care to take on The Big Gun go E at the lake and head steeply up a huge boulder field [rock hopping is easier than finding a way around] to the summit of Cruach Mór. See comments on CM and TBG for more details. 3 to 4 hours.
If you'd prefer to avoid the arête go to the right side of the lake and ascend the equally steep NW spur of K. 2.5hrs +
SE Park with care near V85642 82670 F E and strike out NW up a long, well-defined spur to Feabrahy. Expect steeper ground thereafter - a slog will take you to the col to the SW of the summit. Allow 2hrs+
Notable tracks incl. track/4190. track/3529 and track/3790. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/4764/
 
pormerod on Knocknapeasta, 2004
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. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/1364/
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Picture: Lough Googh from Cnoc na Péiste
Ascent from the Black Valley
by Wildcat  31 Aug 2013
I set off from the Black Valley hostel but, after a grim start on rough land with bracken higher than myself in places, I reached an insurmountable fence and had to return to the road. Although feeling more like the Australian Outback then the wilds of Kerry in temperatures over 30 degrees C, I followed the Black Valley road as far as Shamrock Farmhouse B&B, where I got permission to go through fields en route to Lough Googh.

A pleasant walk on short grass took me through several gates then good easy ground (but without a path) led to an easily-negotiated area of broken slabs and outcrops above 400m. I stopped for a break at Lough Googh, overlooked by beetling crags to the west. From there, easy grass flanks took me upwards (to the south-west), with a short path on the steepest section. Once on the ridge connecting Feabrahy and Cnoc na Péiste (at 600m), I continued north-west on fairly steep slopes with scattered rocks. Above 850m, I slanted leftwards, steeply uphill, to reach the col between Maolán Buí and Cnoc na Péiste, then a good path took me along the broad easy-angled ridge to the summit - 24 degrees C in the shade and nobody in sight. Views were a little hazy but the intimidating-looking ridge to An Gunna Mór looked sharp enough!

I returned to the hostel the same way although, with more time and less heat, a circular route over An Gunna Mór, Cruach Mhór and descending by the Derrycarna River would make a fine walk. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/15167/
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John Finn on Knocknapeasta, 2006
by John Finn  30 Apr 2006
The exciting knife-edge from Cnoc na Peiste to Cruach Mhor Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/2313/
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sbarany on Knocknapeasta, 2005
by sbarany  22 Aug 2005
Cnoc na Péiste from the shore of the lake. Blue arrow indicates the location of a blue rope which is tied to the wing in the water (and to a rock on the other end). No use pulling it: the wing is too heavy. The red arrow shows the location of a memorial plate. The plane crashed into the mountain 500 feet above this plate. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/1904/
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jackill on Knocknapeasta, 2004
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. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/4/comment/1145/
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