The Spinc ridge overlooks the spectacular Glendalough Valley. A tough climb is rewarded with breathtaking views not just of the Valley but as you climb high the view over the Wicklow Uplands opens out around you.
The trail ascends steeply on a path up by Poulanass Waterfall before joining a boardwalk and wooden steps leading to a spectacular viewing point overlooking the Upper Lake. It skirts the top of the cliffs with more breathtaking views before descending through blanket bog and down a rocky trail to the deserted Miners Village and returning on a good wide trail alongside the upper lake shore.
Markings: Route is marked with white arrows – Loop trail
Estimated time: 3.5hrs
Total height climbed: 410m
Highest point: 500m
Terrain underfoot: Rocky trail, boardwalk, forest roads.
Suitable for: Well equipped walkers with reasonable fitness
Notes: High mountain route, exposed to the weather, proper footwear & rainwear required, dogs on leads at all times, dangerous exposed cliffs- do not leave the trail.
How to get to start point: Upper Lake Car Park Glendalough
- GPS START POINT: 53.005,-6.3449
- GRID REF: T 111 961
- Bus: St Kevins Bus +353 (0)1 281 8119 / www.glendaloughbus.com
- Irish Rail to Rathdrum