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2 cracking mountains!

2 cracking mountains!


Postby ChrisH » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:04 pm

Route description: An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin, near Crianlarich

Munros included on this walk: An Caisteal, Beinn a'Chroin

Date walked: 11/07/2014

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 14 km

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Lovely day out on two very worthwhile mountains.

The description given is very good and doesn't need much expansion.

START: The layby is only about 2KM South of Crianlarich (from the junction of the A82 and A85)

The pull up to the summit of Sron Gharbh from the first track is pretty steep but the path is reasonably well defined, especially after the first fence/gate is reached.
An Caisteal start path up to Sron Gharbh.jpg

From the summit of Sron Gharbh the path up the ridge of Twistin Hill is good and not too steep
An Caisteal path up Twistin Hill.jpg

with views opening up back along your route and all around.
On the Path up tp An Caisteal Summit - looking back to Sron Gharbh.jpg

The "cleft" in the path is no real bother and soon the large flat summit of An Caisteal is reached with grand
views.
Summit of Am Caisteal looking North (back along the line of ascent.jpg


The summit is a good place to linger
An Caisteal summit with Criach Ardran,  Ben More and Stob binnein.jpg


It also is a great place to view the path down and across to Beinn a Chroin.
Path from summit of an Casteal down towards Beinn a Chroin.jpg


The path up Beinn a Chroin is some great route finding. Quite well defined but very narrow and quite steep in places.
Steep Path with bit of scrambling up to summit of Bein a Chroin.jpg


Great views on the way up and you will have to take your hands out of your pockets!
Part way up Bein a Chroin steep path with Ben Lomond in the background.jpg


The path eases and the summit plateau of Beinn a Chroin is reached with good views back to An Caisteal
Looking back to An Casteal from summit plateau of Beinn a Chroin.jpg


The path along the summit is easy to follow and does meander up and down but it does go on a bit!
Summit plateua of Beinn a Chroin (still quite a bit to go).jpg


Eventually a short steep descent into a bealach (ignore the path going off to the left) is followed by a short haul up to the summit of Beinn a Chroin.

Good views back along the summit plateau path and to An Caisteal.
View back along the summit plateau path of Beinn a Chroin.jpg


the summit of Beinn a Chroin gives great views across to Ben More
Summit of Beinn a Chroin with Cruach Ardrain, Ben More and Stob Binnein behind.jpg


and down South .
Ben Lomond from summit plateau of Beinn a Chroin.jpg


From the summit Re-trace your steps for only about 20 yards and then the descent path goes straight on rather than back left.
The path down from the summit of Beinn a Chroin (about  20 yards down from the top straight on versus the up path which breaks off to the left).jpg


The descent path is reasonable although it disappears and reappears in some of the grassy sections.
It is mostly quite well defined
Path down from Beinn a Chroin.jpg

and scenic
On the descent path from Beiin a Chroin.jpg


After reaching flatter ground and crossing the stream there is a poor path along the left flank of the stream which disappears into boggy sections (even after a long dry spell). This is not easy walking and does go on a bit (gaiters are a real help).
Disappointing and a slightly frustrating finish to what has been an otherwise great walk.

Eventually the path joins the good track near the beginning of the walk and leads back to the start.
ChrisH
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