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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
 
Updated Summary:
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/
 
I climbed the Cruach Mhor to Cnoc an Chullin ridg .. by pormerod   (Show all for Knocknapeasta (Cnoc na Péiste))
 
Ascent from the Black Valley .. by Wildcat   (Show all for Knocknapeasta (Cnoc na Péiste))
 
The exciting knife-edge from Cnoc na Peiste to Cr .. by John Finn   (Show all for Knocknapeasta (Cnoc na Péiste))
 
Cnoc na Péiste from the shore of the lake. Blue a .. by sbarany   (Show all for Knocknapeasta (Cnoc na Péiste))
 
Cnoc na Péiste from the ridge after The Big Gun. .. by jackill   (Show all for Knocknapeasta (Cnoc na Péiste))
 
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