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Colin Murphy: Track/4892 in area near Cnoc na St?ige, Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland)
Spectacular Dunkerron Loop
Ascent: 789m, Length: 13.4km, Creator time taken: 6h50m
Descent: 790m, Time predicted from Naismith's rule: 4h 0m + breaks
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Places Start at Isknagahinney Lough E (Iskgah L E) V59321 65123, Staigue Top, Staigue NE Top, Esknaloughoge, Esknaloughoge North Top, end at Start
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[RWD version 1 ] A tough 14km loop that takes in four Carns and some really spectacular scenery. I started at the car park 1km east of Isknagahiny Lough (room for 4/5 cars) and proceeded up the Kerry Way for 2km to Windy Gap. picture 1 for track/4892
The Kerry Way to Windy Gap with Eagle's Hill centre and Staigue to left.
Turned east for about 800m over grassy/boulder-strewn terrain to make the short climb to Staigue Top. From there it’s another 800m to Staigue NE Top. Route continues NE for about 500m then west for 1.5km before veering NE again for another 1.5km. picture 2 for track/4892
The view north from Staigue
Almost the entire route provides wonderful views of Kenmare Bay in its entirety to the south and Isknagahiny Lough, Lough Currane and a broad valley beneath Coomcallee and Beann na Stiocairi to the north. Next up was an ascent of about 100m to Esknaloughoge. picture 3 for track/4892
The Esknaloughoge tops can be seen to the right of centre in cloud shadown
There is a small, hidden unnamed lough between it and its sister top to the north, which is just 300m away as the crow flies. picture 4 for track/4892
Esknaloughoge N seen from it's sister top
A few spots vie for the title of the highpoint of the north top. After that I headed directly west down a steepish slopes into the valley. The terrain was a bit rough in parts – long grass and uneven ground – and I had to scramble down a couple of the trickier spots. If the day is clear you’ll be able to see your destination – a forest road about 1.5km away to the west. picture 5 for track/4892
The Staigue Tops on left with Eagle's Hill behind.The track home can be seen to the bottom of centre.
Just before you reach it you unfortunately have to make a brief traverse of a very old area of clearfell with lots of rotten stumps and spots determined to trip you, but once you make the track it is plain sailing the remainder of the way. Follow track for 1.5km, crossing a couple of gates, to reach the road. Turn left and follow road for 500m to bring you back to starting point. Overall a fantastic walk worth saving for a fine day.
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Uploaded on: Mon, 12 Jun 2023 (13:35:51), Linkback:
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