walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Cruachan circuit

Cruachan circuit


Postby U059361 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:28 pm

Route description: Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh

Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh

Date walked: 24/04/2019

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 1376m

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Got a good look at this walk when I climbed Beinn a'Bhuiridh and so I was keen to do it soon after. The parking on the main road at the station has been enlarged a bit, counted 8 cars when I got back, better parking might have squeezed another on in. I was first there though when I arrived about 7:30am. I was soon joined by another car though, already filling up. A bit of a rough walk in the trees, so glad to get out and heading towards the dam. I followed the advice about the second path up, it did look batter all the way up from what I could see and no need to ford the stream. The 'path' up to the bealach is a scree slope really, so glad to get to the top and firmer footing. however it was W I N D Y up here. On with another two layers, hat and gloves.More scree and boulders all the way to the top. So glad I wouldn't be coming back down this way. Going up boulders is much easier and faster. The wind wasn't so bad at the top funnily enough. Great view but hazy so only the nearer hills looked good and Loch Awe faded into the distance.
ImageCoire Cruachan from the Ben by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
Lots of boulders going down the ridge, scrambling to avoid drops, walking round slabs, but it wasn't as hard as I'd thought. But getting over to Stob Daimh was slow work and my legs were getting weary by the time I got to the top. Met 3 people walking it anti-clockwise, didn't envy them.
ImageCoire Cruachan from Stob Daimh by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
It was a change of pain in the legs to drop down from Lairig Torran with the path coming and going. I was really glad to get to the bottom, but still a way to go. Despite no rain for ages, the path is still boggy, just managed to keep my boots dry. A long weary trudge along and down the road and then the scramble back through the woods. So glad to get to the car. Started my drive back to Edinburgh at 1:30pm.
User avatar
U059361
Rambler
 
Posts: 496
Munros:98   Corbetts:33
Grahams:20   Donalds:26
Sub 2000:40   Hewitts:5
Joined: Jul 24, 2010
Location: Stirling

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).


Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: arbroath36, mcbboyd, wilkiemurray and 52 guests