A cracker of a hill to climb, short, steep and interesting. After a 2km forest walk from the Ardgarten Visitor Centre, the route heads up a narrow rocky path through the forest onto the lower slopes of the hill where fine views of the imposing north-east crags are seen. Good views of the back-end of The Cobbler and the Rest and be Thankful can also be seen.
The climb up is fairly straight forward but even at 600m there were still some patches of solid ice snow fields which required some care on the steeper section heading up to the bealach, the lochan below the back of the summit was also frozen solid.
Great summit views to Paddy's Milestone in the south, west to the Paps of Jura and north-west to Ben Nevis, plus all the usual suspects north of the Highland Boundary Fault Line.
The route off the summit to the forest tracks on the south return circular route was not too obvious and we headed south west off the summit too soon, taking us down a very steep, craggy and partly iced-up gulley. The correct route should have been sought further west down the main ridge beyond the line of the forest which would have been much easier on the knees. The 6km return route through the forest seemed to take for ever but is an easy walk around the contours of the hill.
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