Maol Cheann-dearg and An Ruadh-stac

Route: Maol Chean-dearg ascent, Coulags

Munros: Maol Chean-dearg
Corbetts: An Ruadh-stac

Date walked: 31/08/2020

Time taken: 4 hours

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Parked at Coulags and had hoped my E-bike would save time going up the valley but there were so many puncture risk drainage ditches to dismount for that it probably only saved about 20 minutes on the ascent and disappointly not much more on the descent.
Left my bike at the junction past the bothy taking the path heading west.
Planned to do An Ruadh-stac first but it only comes into view very near the Bealach a'Choire Ghairbh.
An Ruadh-stac looking impressive from the bealach.

Maol Cheann-dearg from the same spot.
Maol Cheann-dearg

It was a perfect dry day and the rock was very grippy so that on the descent it was simply a matter of walkind down the large angled slabs.
slabs photo taken on descent

On the ascent i kept further to the right but although it was very pleasant there was very little interesting scrambling to be found.
The summit has three separate tops and the most southerly top which is not visible from the first one reached has the best views especially down Loch Carron.
Skye in the distance kissing the clouds

Came across a solitary dwarf pine about 650meters altitude. Lots of Juniper in the cracks.
dwarf pine

Crossed back beside the lochans rather than the high route used on way out.
beinn damh across the lochan

Maol Cheann-dearg had more loose scree to make life awkward and i was very aware of the risk of sending loose rocks downwards on the lower third when i was descending.
More great views from the top.
looking north west to Beinn Alligin and Liathach

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