Creag Meagaidh circuit
by gman » Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:38 pm
Route description: Creag Meagaidh circuit
Munros included on this walk: Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh), Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair
Date walked: 23/10/2012
Time taken: 7.5 hours
Distance: 21 km1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I'm sure MWIS showed 80% chance of cloud free Munros, this was the other 20% of the time
Parked about 9:30, it's very well maintained around here though there was only one other car parked. Track leads to the house and there's a path alongside which they recommend for walkers. House:
Then it's on up the path, again well maintained, until I got to the cairn marking the start of the muddy path up Na Cnanapan:
Mud & Loch Laggan:
Looking round & into the valley - can see the return path here running along the right hand side:
Up to a rocky bit, getting into the clag:
There are peat hags further up and several paths going around them and onwards, bit rocky in places.
Straight on up to the cairn at Carn Liath:
Was hoping the sun would burn through the clag, but it was not to be. There are paths to follow round the ridge:
Bit of descent to the ditch before Meall an t-Snaim:
Back up for some interestingly posed cairns:
Path with rocks:
Path with fence posts:
A cairn, which was probably the 2nd Munro of the day. It didn't feel like there was enough descent/reascent to justify 3 Munros on the ridge but who's complaining
After this, it was down to the window, which was a bit more interesting. Snow on the path up to Creag Meagaidh:
Followed the cliffs on the left for a bit, then realised this wasn't the way to the top so headed South-west instead. Big grassy plateau so would be easy to get lost in poor visibility (like today). I didn't pass Mad Meg's cairn so wasn't sure if this was the top or not:
Used GPS to find the way back to make sure I saw Mad Meg's. Unusual shape yet oddly comforting:
Back to the window, 2 paths lead to the right and both lead to the V at the bottom of the window:
Then a rocky descent, finally I was out of the clag so it was great to get a view of anything:
Saw the cliffs on the way down, pretty spectacular:
Lochan, cliffs and the stony descent from the window on the right:
Return path, a really enjoyable walk back with no mud, deer high on the rocks either side, a decent path and great views back.
Met a guy from the nature trust when I got back who asked about deer on the hills, and there were tourists in a mini van taking photos of the Highland coos. Nice walk, better with views and would probably be a good one in snow.
by mrssanta » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:00 pm
by quoman » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:59 pm
by dawnfoth » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:27 pm
by SMRussell » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:31 am
by Steve B » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:40 am
A good circuit and nice to remember it.
by Fudgie » Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:43 am
by pollyh33 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:53 pm
We did these as a round of 5 in May or June and it was a roasting hot day and yet there was still lots of snow about
Its amazing how different everything looks 5 months on. We finished our descent on your ascent path and I must say I was disappointed that it wasn't in better condition or indeed in evidence!!!!
by gman » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:01 pm
Was on Aonach Mor & Beag today and got the same conditions - I'm turning into a clag magnet and need my polarity reversed