Short Mountain

Posted: March 8, 2010 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 3
Under: Climbs, Routes

A climb of legends and only braved by those who have excess energy or lacking in common sense, Short Mountain leaves the body tired but feeling accomplished. There are two options on thic climb, to ascend via the Castlemaine or the Tralee Side. The Castlemaine side is shorter but a wall which will pound the heart and weaken the body considerably. The ascent from Tralee is more manageable but should not be disregarded, it is tough.


Distance: 2.4 Miles, 4 K
Height: 1024 ft
Max Gradient: 17.1 %


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I have done the Castlemaine ascent twice and the Tralee ascent once. I only challenge this when I am fit and feeling mad enough to try and only when I’m not afraid of my chain snapping with the tension of trying to pull it and my body up the severity of the gradient. The panoramas on top of this climb are breathtaking as you have a choice of looking over the McGillicudy Reeks or over Tralee Bay with miles of vision on a clear day. Two things to be wary of are the condition of the roads and the safety of the descent, be careful!

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Short Mountain: 3 Comments
  • Tomaszek
    4 years ago

    Sound advice about safety of the descent. You can hit 70 km/h without even pedalling. So if anyone fancy to attack the descent I would recommend picking time of the day where the traffic is minimal and wearing full-face helmet.

  • Tommy sheehy
    1 year ago

    I cycle the short mountain regularly .. it is tough both sides but Castlemaine side slightly more difficult .. Great for hill training with segments ramping up 18% and the last kilometres on both sides rarely going below 11%..they are climbs which require patience and endurance . The views on top are magnificent .. would be great if more roads were build on our many mountains giving access to cyclists …

  • Donnacha Clifford
    1 year ago

    Thanks Tommy. The Tralee side is definitely easier. I have not been up either side since 2015 and I think you’ve just inspired me to put it back on the to do list! Views at the top are amazing on both side alright.

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