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Carns Chuinneag & Salachaidh with fat e-bike

Carns Chuinneag & Salachaidh with fat e-bike

Postby m3doc » Tue May 25, 2021 12:59 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Càrn Chuinneag

Grahams included on this walk: Càrn Salachaidh

Date walked: 11/05/2021

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 45.7 km

Ascent: 1072m

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When I requested directions from the Goople Maps app to get to Glencalvie from Newtonmore she gave me the "road" from Strathrusdale to Glencalvie to drive over. Having viewed malky_c's pics of this I requested a re-route via Ardgay as being a better option for my car!
I parked off road at Braeantra near a run of the river hydro power plant at the end of the public single-track road going up Strathrusdale. After the initial 1km old tarmacked section through the forest the track has been upgraded for the thousands of tons of timber being extracted via the track going west and, after exiting the felled plantations at 5.8km, a struggle negotiating the rather deep puddle at the boulders blocking the track at 6km (?estate boundary) it took an hour on my folding fat e-bike to get the 10.6km to the start of the stalker's path at the deer-fence stile and unlocked gate 390m. A wooden ATV bridge, starting to break up, crosses Sallachie Burn and continues on right of Allt Loch Chuinneag, rather overgrown, up and around the N side a bit above Loch Chuinneag. The stalker's path continues round the N flank of Carn Maire to the flat col at 650m 13.8km, S of Cairn Diebidale 661m . It climbs S then SW towards the col betwwn Chuinneag's two tops and a path leads from the stalker's path to the col 763m 14.6km. From there up 60m WSW for 0.3km to Carn Chuinneag's W top 829m 14.9km. Having returned to the col, it is ESE for 0.6km up 70m to Carn Chuinneag's summit trig 839m 15.9km.
After returning to bike by ascent route, I biked the more recent bulldozed track about 100m W rising 30m N for 1km towards Carn Salachaidh ending at a large boulder from where 2km NE over wet tussocky grass leads to the bouldery tops of Carn Salachaidh trig 646m boulder top 647m 22.9km.Returned to bike and whizzed back to car.
Total 36.7km (22.6 on bike) 1072m ascent (200 on bike) 9 hours
End of public road at Braeantra in Strathrusdale
Route straight on; Kildermorie to left
Plantation being harvested
Unlocked gate exiting harvested plantation
Tricky getting bike past metal post with dry feet at boulders
Deer fence stile & unlocked gate for stalker's path
Stalker's path goes up right of Allt Loch Chuinneag
Wooden ATV bridge across Salachie Burn
Looking back to track with more recent bulldozed track rising towards Carn Salachaidh
Overgrown stalker's path skirting above Loch Chuinneag with summit clagged
W top 830m Carn Chuinneag looking N down to Diebidale & Glen Calvie
Carn Chuinneag main E top 838m across 763m col
Carn Chuinneag trig 838m in shelter cairn
Faint stalker's path, Loch Chuinneag & Carn Salachaidh
Stalker's path skirting Carn Diebidale with Carn Salachaidh & Loch Chuinneag
Looking to Carn Salachaidh & bulldozed track
Carn Chuinneag from bulldozed track terminus
Carn Salachaidh from bulldozed track terminal boulder
Carn Salachaid's trig 646m & summit block 647m
Carn Chuinneag's twin tops clear

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