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.
Make sure that both you and your bike are in good condition and be prepared for emergencies. Always tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to get back and ride well within your limits.
|Trail Name:||Mountrussell Loop|
|Recreation Site:||Ballyhoura Trail Centre - MTB [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Car Park|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Difficult View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|
|Finish Point:||Car Park|
|Trail Way marking:||brown|