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Wicklow Area   SE: Wicklow South East Subarea
Place count in area: 116, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 925m
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 548mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 455mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 474mKirikee Mountain 474mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mMullacor 657mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 714mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 546m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 240mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372mGreat Sugar Loaf 501.2mLittle Sugar Loaf 342.4m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 523mKnocknacloghoge 534mLuggala 595mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 640mScarr North-West Top 561mSleamaine 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 682mDuff Hill 720mGravale 718mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 795mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 531mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mFananierin 426mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella:   Annagh Hill 454mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mKilmichael Hill 267mSlievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills:   Lakeen 357mMonaughrim 206mSeskin 344mStookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills:   Ballycumber Hill 431mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 397m
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 794mLugnaquilla 925mSlievemaan 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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Carrick Mountain Hill Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Binnion List, Greywacke & quartzite Bedrock

Height: 381m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: T23262 94066
Place visited by 93 members. Recently by: annem, oreills8, Pepe, march-fixer, sofearghail, briankelly, abcd, ei7kh, simoburn, morgan_os, pinchy, Gergrylls, Colin Murphy, conormcbandon, JoHeaney
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Longitude: -6.165502, Latitude: 52.983496 , Easting: 323262, Northing: 194066 Prominence: 174m,  Isolation: 3.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 723182 694103,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crc381, 10 char: CrckMnt381
Bedrock type: Greywacke & quartzite, (Bray Head Formation)

The name of this hill is documented in various forms, such as Carrigmurrely in 1756 and Carrickmacreily in 1795. It is fairly certain that the second element is a personal name, but the forms are too diverse to specify which name. Price mentions the possibility that it is Ó Murghaile.   Carrick Mountain is the 997th highest place in Ireland.

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Choose your route well for a forested summit.
Short Summary created by simon3, kernowclimber, mcrtchly  16 Sep 2012
Seen from the N11, Carrick Mountain looks a deceptively easy climb. There is no totally easy route because there are no forest roads leading to the summit. Read the suggestions here or you may find that you are deep in unpleasant forestry.

Possibly the quickest approach is from a forest entrance at T21899 93543 A as shown in Track 2078. Go initially south and then NE towards the summit.

Another approach is to take the forest track from Glenealy to the south. The entrance (T239927 B) is reached by taking the R752 from Rathnew and turning right in Glenealy village, crossing the river and then turning left past the church. Space for one car can be found at T241925 C beneath some trees. Walk westwards to the forest entrance and turn right along a forest road which passes through a mixed plantation and which soon switches back southwards at the first hairpin bend. 250m after the hairpin another road is met; turn right and follow this for 90m until a track (T239931 D) can be taken on the left. Follow this uphill until a 6 way junction is encountered. At the junction continue uphill in same direction as before until the route turns right and contours the hill in a northwards direction. Follow this track to a clear fell area of forest and a turn out. Turn left here up the hillside again until the track turns sharp right. At this point turn left and head for the edge of the forest, keeping a rock outcrop on your right. Pass through the forest to a more open area of wind felled trees which soon leads over a couple of rocky outcrops to the summit. The ascent takes about 60-70 minutes. Return takes about 50mins. This route avoids the crawls and nasty vegetation of other routes.

A third route starts at T24572 96006 E to the NE and is shown in Track 1291.

The summit has a trig pillar sitting on a knob of quartzite which is not forested. The bare rock is extremely slippery when wet. Views are not extensive. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/865/comment/5624/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrick Mountain  in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: The view west from summit.
 
New track paves the way
by Colin Murphy  2 Jul 2019
I am happy to report that Carrick no longer presents the complicated challenge of negotiating multiple forest tracks. Unfortunately we didn't know this until we were on the way down. First the wrong way: Having ascended via a start point at T21899 93543 A, we followed a track south for 1.5km to T220 926 F, turned left back toward Carrick and followed a relatively straight track for 2km, where it narrows considerably, but then meanders all the way up to the summit. Don't go this way!
Start at T21899 93543 A as before. About 150m up this track is a T-junction of sorts. Go left. The track swings to the east for for about 600m (it is a relatively newly-laid track with shiny white-grey stones). This intersects the track at T228 937 G (that we had mistakenly taken on our ascent), leaving you only 500m from summit. Our journey up was 3.5km. Our journey down was 1.6km! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/865/comment/20570/
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Picture: Carrick SW views
Trail to the top
by Colin Murphy  2 Jul 2019
The pic shows the view to the south west of Carrick. When the forest track comes to an end, a narrow, dusty trail meanders all he way to the large rock outcrop at the summit, and is just visible in the shot on the left. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/865/comment/20571/
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Picture: The summit of Carrick is surrounded by dense forest
 
Like Machu Picchu
by wicklore  22 Jul 2014
Map & compass were heavily in use when I climbed Carrick Mountain today. Those who programme summit coordinates into GPS units and let it guide them would have completed this hike in half the time. As it was I spent a long time searching extremely difficult forestry for the elusive summit, which was hindered by the fact that Carrick Mountain actually has several rocky outcrops along the summit.
I started at the Coillte forestry entrance at T246 960 H. A local man gave me directions which proved invaluable as I negotiated the forest tracks and junctions.
From the forest entrance I took the following route: Walk uphill for a few minutes until you arrive at a junction. Go left. A few minutes more brings you to another junction-turn right. After a hundred metres or so the track branches again. Turn left. The track now meanders uphill and after a few hundred metres look out for an obvious muddy path leading into the trees on the right. Follow this path and it will lead you uphill towards the northernmost rocky outcrop on Carrick. The path is churned up in places and evidence of scrambler activity is everywhere. The path eventually rejoins a forestry track that skirts the southern slopes of Carrick.
The summit here was treeless and when I looked up I could see a few rocky outcrops. I spent a long time reaching the top of the highest. This was hampered by chest high ferns and many boulders hidden underfoot. When I climbed to the top of the rock I spied a higher summit sticking out of the trees a few hundred metres further to the south. Trying to reach this second summit involved heading into almost impenetrable forest- the kind that literally had me crawling. I gave up after 15 minutes and had to use my compass to navigate back out.
I made my way downhill to the forest track and followed it into the forest. After a few minutes I then repeatedly battled my way into the trees in vain attempts to locate and reach the summit. Several times I had to navigate back out with compass. This forest was claustrophobic, dark and it was easy to become disorientated. I found a few rocky outcrops but none had the trig point marked on the map. This had become a bizarre experience and I decided to see it to through to the end. Eventually I crawled out of the trees and saw the beautiful trig point sitting on its rock. I felt like Hiram Bingham discovering Machu Picchu!
The views were great although there was cloud on most of the distant mountains. I could identify, amongst others, Croghan Moira, Trooperstown, Derrybawn, Turlough Hill (that flat top is an excellent aid to identification), Tonelagee, Djouce and the Great Sugar Loaf to the north. In fact the whole spectrum of the Wicklow Mountains was on view, hampered only by cloud cover on the higher summits. The coast was visible for dozens of miles along its length. This truly was a hard won and memorable summit. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/865/comment/3295/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrick Mountain  in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Impressive views to the west
If I got there quicker than you it's because I was...
by Bunsen7  18 Dec 2017
Visited on a beautiful, mild sunny day in Dec 2017. Parked at the forest entrance at Ballylusk as suggested by Track 1291, which I followed. Also had the benefit of the East-West Mapping East Wicklow map which just about includes the bulk of Carrick Mtn, showing the various forest tracks and trails, well at least those needed for this approach.

Lots of evidence that this area is well used by mountain bikers and horse riders. A proliferation of tracks are to be found, but thankfully in a largely pristine forest, no evidence of dumping - long may that continue.

I was conscious that I was effectively standing on the shoulders of giants given the info and forewarnings on this site, the map and gps. In fairness it seems the tracks marked on the OS are relatively useful. If you follow the OS tracks you can get to an altitude of 350m from where you will need to find one of the tracks to the true summit.

Still, I managed to be drawn initially to the rocky prominences near T23504 94425 I, from where the views northwards were stunning and unobstructed. This meant I had to find my way through dense forestry to the true summit, and clamber up some slippery rock, over large fallen trees, etc.

However, from the summit proper there is now a very clear track emerging almost directly east which I descended from and which by my reading leads you out onto the forest track at T23444 94039 J. If you or your group are looking for the easy way to the trig pillar do not get drawn to the earlier rocky prominences and instead keep a careful eye out for this narrow track.

Worth the trip this one. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/865/comment/19814/
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Picture: Wicklow's Inaccessible Pinnacle?
 
madfrankie on Carrick Mountain, 2010
by madfrankie  25 Mar 2010
Before climbing forestry-covered hills I usually take the precaution of printing out satellite images from Google Maps, which give reliable indications of where forest tracks actually are (as opposed to where the OS fondly imagine them to be). Unfortunately, I didn't do that for Carrick Mountain.
Starting from T216940 K I quickly made a few wrong turns followed by a futile 20 minutes of tree-bashing. An hour and a half later, sweating and covered in scratches, I clambered over felled trees and briars up to the summit trig. The summit is the centre one of three rocky tops separated by thick forestry (and vividly described here by Wicklore).
Good views provided some compensation for the effort involved. It's a pity I didn't take note of csd's route, which seems to be relatively hassle-free. A sweaty 3 hours. And bring your machete. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/865/comment/4533/
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