The Mountrussell Loop is a more technical and physically demanding version of the Greenwood Loop. The trails become a bit more technical, narrower, rockier and steeper with more climbing and more descending.
The loop features some steep climbs on forest roads and singletrack as well as long singletrack descents. All of the singletrack trails have extremely varied and sometimes very uneven surfaces, including rocks, loose gravel, mud, water and roots and are often very narrow (not more than 1m wide) with lots of tight turns, encroaching vegetation and with trees and boulders very close to the trail. There are also long sections of elevated timber boardwalk with exposed edges and uneven and sometimes slippery surfaces.
Follow the Brown waymarkers all the way. Along the way you will pass Waypoint 2 where you can take a shortcut back to the car park by going left up the hill to pick up the inward leg of the loop.
The car park and trailhead for these trails is located 2 kms south of Ardpatrick village in Co. Limerick off the R512 road. From Limerick, take the N20 south through Charleville and continue 2kms further on to Ballyhea. Turn left just after Ballyhea church and drive for 10kms to reach Ardpatrick village. Turn right and continue for 2.5 kms. Take a turn to the right signposted Castle Oliver view and the car park is 1km up this road. From Cork, take the N20 north to Ballyhea, turn right at the church and follow above instructions. From Dublin, take M7 south to Limerick and join N20. From Shannon, take N18 south to Limerick and join N20
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