December 18, 2001
Be sure to ask Eámonn in the Eagle's Nest Hostel advice about this climb.
You should start taking the road towards lough Keel.
As you walk past lough Ascardan you should be looking for a waterfall on your right side. Go up the mountain near the waterfall, keeping the waterfall to your LEFT!
Be very careful that you don't fall and try to take advantage of the peculiar terraces on the mountain slopes, you can use them as stairs, which will make the climb easier.
Once you've reached the plateau, start making your way towards the higher ground in a northernly direction. When you're on the higher ground, don't think you're there yet, you're at about 400 metres in heighth right now and you have to get to 517 metres.
Follow the most obvious route in a westernly direction and you should reach the summit where you can admire a nice mountain lake: lough Mullincrick.
Take a rest, admire the fantastic view of the Derryveagh mountains and the Glenveagh National Park, but don't take too long because there's a strenuous descent waiting for you!!
A piece of advice: don't go straight down to lough Glentornan because you'll spend the next 2 hours crossing little streams which flow down the mountain. This is the roughest bog-terrain you can come into!
I've lost my boot here in the bog and I had to DIG it out. I dug it up after half an hour and I was completely covered in mud.
It is advisable that you follow the countours to Crockglass mountain and go down there, taking care going down because it is very steep.
Be very careful going down and after a while and probably a lot of cursing you'll eventually reach the road which leads to Dunlewy and, indirectly to the Hostel and afterwards to the pub.
From journal Hiking in Donegal