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|
|Max Gradient:||17.1 %|
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!