A-B. From the trailhead follow the red (and blue) arrow along the forestry road - the blue arrow is for the shorter Rath Beag Loop. Pass a roadway on your left and continue for 300m to reach a 3-way junction where both loops turn right.
B-C. You start to ascend now and after nearly 1km reach a 4-way junction where the blue loop goes straight. From here you start the ascent toward Lough Mohra - you will be returning to this point again on the descent. For now, swing sharp right and uphill.
C-D. Continue to follow the red arrows for almost 1km to reach a 3-way junction where the loop swings left and downhill. If you want to view Lough Mohra follow the green arrows straight ahead - it is approximately 1.5km (20min) out and back to this point.
D-E. After 500m of a downhill trek you regain the 4-way junction (C). This time turn right and rejoin the blue loop for the return journey. After 400m turn left at a 3-way junction, and left again at another junction after 50m.
E-A. Continue to follow the red and blue arrows as the loop swings left to regain the junction at B above.
Proceed straight and enjoy the last 300m back to the trailhead.
The loop is situated in the Rathgormack area of Co. Waterford , this is the longer of two loops. The scenery is dominated by the Comeragh mountain range with a great mix of features that includes the long and precipitous Knockanaffrin Ridge, the shadowy depths and glacial amphitheatre of Coumshingaun, the magnificent plateau and falls in Coum Mahon. Tourism to the area is becoming more popular and Rathgormack now has a Hiking Centre which can accommodate 20 people.