GREAT SUGAR LOAF - HIKE

The Great Sugar Loaf (501m) is an icon of the north Wicklow/Dublin area. Quarzite boulders and scree spill over the summit and down the steep slopes, lending it a dramatic profile reminiscent of a volcano. It commands fantastic views over the coastline below.

This walk requires a GOOD level of fitness.

IT IS NECESSARY TO WEAR HIKING BOOTS.
This is a strict requirement.
NO HIKING BOOTS = NO WALK
Please note that people wearing footwear other than proper HIKING BOOTS will notbe allowed to take part in the walk.

 

What else to bring:

- Gaiters (optional).
- Walking sticks (optional)
- Plenty of water/fruit juices
- Packed lunch (sandwiches/wraps/rolls can also be purchased at the On The Run service station before starting the walk)
- Wind proof jacket (dress in layers: you will feel warm during the walk but as we approach the top it will be rather windy)
- Camera

 

Description:

MEETING TIME: 11.45pm
STARTING TIME: 12pm sharp
APPROX. DURATION: 2 hours and 40 mins.
Length: 6.5km
Ascent: 250m

PLEASE NOTE: the walk might be postponed depending on weather conditions

Start and return: Kilmacanogue Service Station/The Glencormac Inn.
*About 1 hour and 15 minutes – to reach the base of the scree
*20 minutes – lunch break (walkers will NOT be allowed to climb to the top // I need to be strict as it is a very steep and slippery ascent requiring both feet AND HANDS!!)
*About 55 minutes to walk downhill back to the service station
*Stop at the service station for tea/coffee/sandwiches/toasts/soup

We will follow a path going around the mountain towards south. The path terrain is quite challenging in some parts:
- Wide grassy path and narrow rocky path through bushes of gorse and ferns; a small section of the path is muddy all year round
- The path is wide in some parts but very narrow and rocky in other parts
- The ascent is gradual and mild for about 2/3 of the path but the last part is quite steep

 

HOW TO GET THERE:

By car: take the N11 and exit at Kilmacanogue. There is a car park at the Glencormac Inn.

By bus: take bus 145 (runs from Heuston station through the city centre).
There is a bus every 15 minutes starting on the hour so you will need to take the bus leaving Heuston station at 10.45am or 11am at the latest.

PLEASE TEXT ME IF YOU ARE ON THE BUS BUT YOU SEE THAT YOU MIGHT ARRIVE LATE, AND WE WILL WAIT FOR YOU. If you don't text and I don't know you are on your way, we will not see the need to start later than 12pm.

 


PLEASE NOTE: you are responsible for yourself on the mountain at all times.

Pls view itinerary here:
http://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=173276

My mobile number for the walk:[masked]

 

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  • Simon

    Could you open the waitlist again please?

    May 7, 2013

    • Sandy P.

      Ciao. I only read this now. I'm organising it again in June.

      1 · May 11, 2013

    • Sandy P.

      Hello, I scheduled this walk again. It's on 8th June.

      May 31, 2013

  • Trudi

    Great Meetup this morning. Lovely day to climb the Sugarloaf - we did see all four seasons but 'twas fun! Thanks especially to our super guide Sandra!

    1 · May 11, 2013

    • Sandy P.

      That's a good observation! All four seasons! ahahaha!

      1 · May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks Sandra for a great hike, it was a great day with great company. thanks everyone.

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great day. I'm glad I changed my mind and came along! Thanks Sandra :)

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Mark

    Nice walk, and a lovely bunch of people, and very well organised!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Henry

    hi Sandra thanks for organizing this hike it was great and thanks for going back to see if I was alright going down
    see you in a bit Henry

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed the walk and the company.

    May 11, 2013

  • Trudi

    Hey Sandra, I'm in the Esso station just off the N11 - am I at the right Esso? Trudi

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the short notice, but the rain has put me off!

    May 11, 2013

    • Sandy P.

      thanks for letting me know. It's clearing now, over my roof at least. If you change your mind, u know where to find us at 12pm. Just send me a text.

      May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i live in the blanchardstown area. Anyone interested in car pooling to share costs?

    May 7, 2013

    • Mark

      Hi Mags, I will be driving from there so can take three people. I could also pick up one or two on the way.

      May 10, 2013

    • Mark

      Mags, if you want to car pool email me, I'll check messages again in the morning.

      May 10, 2013

  • Med

    Can anyone offer a lift please? please see note below, i will contribute to fuel expenses. thanks maria t[masked]

    May 9, 2013

    • Henry

      where are you travelling from?

      May 9, 2013

    • Mark

      Hi, Maria I will be travelling from Blanchardstown so can pick you up on the way if you like. Mark

      May 10, 2013

  • Sandy P.

    Hello, please update your RSVP if you see you can't make it!

    May 6, 2013

  • Henry

    i will be travelling from houston station if anyone wants to hook up Henry?

    May 6, 2013

  • Med

    i hope wait list will be freed cause i really want to attend this one. i live in ballinteer & would need a lift please. can i meet anyone in the area or city centre to get a lift with please?thanks maria

    May 6, 2013

  • Davide

    Hi Sandra let me know if its possible to join thr hiking

    May 6, 2013

  • Sandy P.

    Hello Everyone. I did this climb yesterday and there was a bit more mud than usual but we will be fine. I want to point out that this is not going to be a marathon or a fast climb, like it happens on other hiking groups. We'll go at a moderate pace. As far as I knew the bus should take about 1 hour, but yesterday some of the people with me took 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to Kilamcanogue. So pls take note of my mobile number and do text or call to let me know that you're on your way, should you realise that you're going to be late even if you took the bus at 11am. THANKS

    May 5, 2013

  • bobb

    Sounds good, already have plans unfortunately. Next Time!

    May 5, 2013

  • Eimear

    Sorry I can't!

    April 29, 2013

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