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Mountrussell Loop (Brown Loop)



10.9 mile 17.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,051' 320 m
Descent: -1,052' -321 m
High: 1,234' 376 m
Low: 773' 236 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)


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Mountrussell loop features some long, tight, narrow, twisting singletracks along with a few elevated boardwalk sections.

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The parking area requires a 5 EUR fee, or annual parking pass.


Ballyhoura is the premiere trail center in Ireland. The trail system features a number of increasingly lengthy, but not necessarily more difficult, nested trails. Greenwood loop is the first of these. The Mountrussell Loop is the second loop in the system.

After you pass the turnaround point for the Greenwood Loop (Green Loop), the climb continues for a short distance along a forest road before it cuts back to the right onto singletrack at about 2.1 miles (3.4km). This begins a one mile (1.5 km), mostly singletrack, descent through the forest.

This section is filled with a number of boardwalk sections to protect particularly sensitive areas of the forest floor. For those not lucky enough to be born Irish, you can't begin to appreciate how green the forest and surrounding countryside is. The singletrack sections twist and dip through the forest with rocks and roots seeking to impede your progress along the way. Enjoy!

After the first descent, you'll climb again. As you turn back towards the trailhead you'll enjoy another quick descent. A final, more gentle climb takes you back to the Greenwood Loop (Green loop) where you can enjoy a final singletrack descent.

If you're feeling good around the halfway point but are looking for more, you can continue on the Garrane Loop (White Loop) which is a longer version of the Green and Brown loops. If you want something just a little more technical, the Tech 1 loop branches off the brown loop just past 5 miles (8 km) overall. Tech 1 is a mostly downhill segment with tight, bermed turns and a few jumps. This is most appropriately followed with the Tech 2 loop which is similar in character to Tech 1.

The trailhead features toilets, showers (for both people and bikes), and bike hire.

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Jun 26, 2015
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You can't begin to comprehend how lusciously green some of the forested areas are at Ballyhoura.
Aug 17, 2017 near Kilmallock, IE
Lots of boardwalk protects the sensitive Ballyhoura Forest floor
Aug 17, 2017 near Kilmallock, IE
Final hairpin on the Ballyhoura green loop, T1 T2
Apr 7, 2015 near Kilmallock, IE
Turnoff for the Tech 1 trail—looks innocuous enough, right?
Aug 17, 2017 near Kilmallock, IE
Ballyhoura is an actively managed forest, so you'll traverse both logged and regenerating areas. The logged areas offer spectacular views of the Irish countryside.
Aug 17, 2017 near Kilmallock, IE


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