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march-fixer: Track 4401 in area near Carrig Mountain, Wicklow (Ireland)
Keadeen Mountain Walk
Length: 9.1km, Creator time taken: 2h36m, Ascent: 315m,
Descent: 228m

Places: Start at S98423 89578, Carrig Mountain, Keadeen Mountain, end at S97135 90020 1.4km W from Start
Logged as completed by 1

Finding a quiet spot at weekends can be a challenge. Parked in the forest enterance at Ballinabarny Gap. Only a couple of cars there already. The day was mild and calm but with low cloud cover. The track starts by either climbing up the bank of the car-park or walking in about 80m and switching back on the left along a rough track. This opens out at the boundary fence to a good grass track leading straight up to Keadeen.
Rather than cover the same path on the return journey we contoured off to the left at the brow of the hill heading for Carrig Mountain. There is a lone tree standing out on the slope which helps if you aim to keep it close on your right-hand side. When you reach the saddle you will meet the distinct track that runs between Carrig and Keadeen. Head over to the left until you reach the cairn built on the grass bank to your right.
Head back north and follow the track all the way to the top of Keadeen. It is a gentle climb made all the easier by the contour to Carrig first which negated the slog straight up to Keadeen. There is some rough shelter on top which helps should there be some rough weather.
We then headed down south east following the existing track until we reached the saddle. Rather than cover the same ground again, we branched north east over heather and contoured down to meet up with a forest access track. As the cloud lifted the views to the north from here were truly spectacular. There is a new 5-bar gate marking the entry to the forest track. It is just a nice saunter straight back to the car.

Uploaded on: Tue, 1 Dec 2020 (12:50:06)
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