Mt Eagle has up until very recently existed on my to-do list, for many years in fact. On one sunny spring morning in March 2018 it finally called to me. It is not a very challenging climb by other standards in the county, but it does lure you from the steady-sloped hinterland of Castleisland near Cordal with a gradient of 1 or 2% for the first kilometer or so before the business end of the climb becomes more apparent with grassy roads and brown boggy landscape replacing the more manicured ditches before.
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At this point the wind turbines near the summit become visible and this gives a clear indication of the climb ahead, At one stage about 2 km in there is a fork in the road, make sure to stay right if you want to do the full climb. The remainder of the climb averages in around 7-8% mark with brief stretches of road in going up to 10 or 11%. After two switchbacks you will notice the view of Sliabh Luachra to the right which might briefly distract you from the leg strain before summiting the climb. If you forget about the odd wind turbine and electrical wire for a moment, you might feel in a place recently untouched by modern life, it can be refreshing to pause and enjoy that sensation, away from traffic and too much noise.
From the top you have the option of continuing straight from Brosna or back down to Cordal. Either way the descent should be fun!
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