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Cruach nan Caorach

Cruach nan Caorach

Postby m3doc » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:16 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Cruach nan Caorach

Date walked: 30/10/2018

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 7.75 km

Ascent: 325m

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The sub 2000 Marilyn Cruach nan Caorach 458m (1,503') can be approached from the north at the high point on hair-raising single track road from Lephinkill farm in Glendaruel over to Otter Ferry with steep hills, hair-pin bends, blind corners and hardly any passing places. At least the 44 ton loaded log lorries have to extract via the forestry track exiting onto A8003 south of Waulkmill. Note the OS map of forestry track entrance start point is not replicated exactly on the ground - it is about 100m out. After passing below 2 sets of overhead power lines, the left fork curving round the east side of Cruach Tarbh soon reveals the Cruach nan Caorach 458m - Cruach nam Broighleag 416m ridge on skyline as the ongoing logging has cleared thousands of trees.The track drops from 320m to almost 240m then rises to a junction at 260m, The left fork leads shortly to the fire break following the steep sided Cam Allt with a deer path going up it's left side to a stock fence at top of forest which can just about be stepped over (no barbed top wire). An avoidable short detour left can take in Cruach Camuillt 345m. Once past the right angle bend in Cam Allt it is SE to Cruach nan Caorach whose summit 458m trig is hidden initially behind it's NW shoulder (1hr to firebreak then 1 & 1/4hr to top 3.5km). Return by ascent route. Started at 1pm having climbed Creachan Dubh in morning; got back to car 5pm and down scary road before darkness ensued :D
Forestry track entrance off summit of single track road to Otter Ferry
Left fork after passing below 2 sets of overhead power lines
Cruach nan Caorach 458m - Cruach nam Broighleag 415m skylineridge with Cam Allt firebreak rising right to left between light green and higher dark green trees
Closer view
Left fork to access Cam Allt firebreak above leftmost log stack
Stock fence at top of forest, Cruach Camuillt to left and Cam Allt ravine
Cam Allt right angle bend and craggy N spur of Cruach nan Caorach whose summit is well round to right behind shoulder
Cruach nan Caorach - dark summit back of centre skyline
Retrospect from Cruach nan Caorach summit trig 458m
SE to Loch Ruel and Kyles of Bute
Trig S6153

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