30.1 miles
Distance
3,321 ft
Climb
-3,375 ft
Descent
1,327 ft
High Point

This is the longest and by far the most demanding ride in the Ballyhouras and is most definitely not for the faint hearted or the unfit. Essentially you follow the Streamhill Loop as far as Waypoint 7 from where you follow the Red waymarkers in a long loop before rejoining the Streamhill Loop for the return leg.

This Loop includes the longest and steepest descent in the forest as well as the longest climb and the singletrack is both technical and narrow with very variable surfaces including loose gravel, rocks, mud, roots and water. The singletrack trails also feature numerous very tight turns, features such as small rock steps and elevated timber boardwalk sections.

This Loop accesses some very high ground and is exposed to bad weather so make sure that both you and your bike are well prepared.

Detailed Description
Castlepook Loop (Red Loop) is a 30 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Ballyhoura. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route climbs 3,321 ft with a max elevation of 1,327 ft then descends -3,375 ft.

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Gravel
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    3
More Stats for Castlepook Loop (Red Loop) mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    469 ft
  • Altitude start
    818 ft
  • Altitude end
    764 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -38.4%
  • Grade min
    32.8%
  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    14 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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