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  Loch Treig Munros  

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Loch Treig Munros



Munros

Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin (1105m, M46)
Stob Coire Easain (1115m, Munro 39)
Chno Dearg (1046m, Munro 86)
Stob Coire Sgriodain (979m, Munro 173)

Corbetts

Cruach Innse* (857m)
Sgurr Innse* (809m)
  * see alternative routes below

Ascent

2175m (7,125ft)

Distance  

30km (18.5m)

Time

walking : 11:10hr*, running : 6hr
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent



Main route summary


The two mountain groups lying either side of Loch Treig share the same starting point. It therefore makes sense to bag all four Munro peaks on the same day.

The peaks on the west side of Loch Treig are commmonly refered to as "the Easains". They are imposing high grey peaks with bouldery summits that have a lovely ridge up to and between them.

The peaks on the east side couldn't be more different - there are long grassy and heathery slogs to reach the summits. Chno Dearg looks down wide gentle slopes to the north, whereas, Stob Coire Sgriodain's craggy summit sits above a dramatic drop directly above Loch Treig.

The craggy Corbett peaks of Sgurr Innse and Cruach Innse can be combined with 'the Easains', starting and finishing from Corriechoille.

start/finish Fersit
(grid ref : NN350782)

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maps/guides  OS Landranger 41 OS Explorer 392 OS Explorer 393 Pocket Mountains - Central Highlands

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terrain
easy Pleasant grass and heather covered ground for the most part with some occasional boulder fields difficult
navigation
easy Some pathless sections lower down testing
effort
stroll Return to Fersit, then back up ! long day
scenery
ok Fine views stunning
 
meanings Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin :
  'peak of the middle coire'
Stob Coire Easain :
  'peak of the coire of the little waterfall'
Chno Dearg :
  'red hill'
Stob Coire Sgriodain :
  'peak of the coire of the scree'
Cruach Innse :
  'hill of the meadow'
Sgurr Innse :
  'peak of the meadow'
 
on our blog
main route outlineprint route
Getting there
  • On the A86, 13km east of Spean Bridge, a narrow road is marked south, downhill to Fersit.
  • Follow this road to its end, where there is ample parking available beside the large green rubbish-bins. One of the local's 4x4s has the number-plate FER51T !

Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin
  • From the car-park, face south and you should see a path heading off right through the ferns. Follow this path to meet a track, now well grown over with grass.
  • Cross this track and continue up the path through a forest onto open moorland. The ground becomes sodden. Cross the ground and follow the path that skirts around some crags. The path is now very obvious.
  • Continue following it uphill to a large concrete pillar - a good spot for a photo.
  • The path travels up to the base of Meall Cian Dearg, then zig-zags up the steep craggy ground ahead - this can be challenging in icy conditions. Further up, the ground levels and more moorland is crossed.
  • The path remains obvious as it reaches Coire Shomhairlie, then travels up to a last flat area before reaching the bouldery ground of Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin's summit with its small cairn. Stunning views.

Stob Coire Easain
  • The boulders on Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin's summit can hide the path in poor visiblity. Just head south-west and you'll find it as it twists and turns avoiding the worst bouldery sections.
  • The col is reached, which is pleasantly grass covered.
  • Follow the well-defined path across the col, then encounter more boulders on the ascent up Stob Coire Easain. The path is obvious all the way to the summit. Great views in all directions.

Return to Fersit
  • You could proceed north-west from Stob Coire Easain's summit down to Coire Laire and follow the Allt Laire over wet ground to the wooden bridge 1km north of Fersit. However, I'd rather return to Fersit by the same route up - it's far more direct.

Chno Dearg
  • From Fersit, cross the bridges over the River Treig and the railway-line, go through an old wooden gate and head past some houses.
  • Pass a large farm shed and go through a large metal gate, then where the track starts to turn north-east, leave it and cross the first of the two burns.
  • A faint path can be followed southwards up the wet tussocky ground by the burn. It's a slog, but not unpleasant, just make a direct bearing for Chno Dearg.
  • The path gradually disappears and the closer to the summit you get, the more boulder-fields are encountered. The summit itself is bouldery and a large cairn shelters baggers out of the wind.

Stob Coire Sgriodain
  • Aim south-west from Chno Dearg's summit and as the bealach between Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain's south east top (924m on OS map) is approached, a well defined path is met. Follow this path accross the wet bealach and up this rocky south-east top.
  • Continue along to the middle top, and still on the path, drop to the dip below the last haul up Stob Coire Sgriodain.
  • A short pleasant slog up a grassy slope leads to Stob Coire Sgriodain's summit. This is quite an interesting craggy top with significant drops down to Loch Treig and views over to the Easains.

Return to Fersit
  • From the summit, aim north for 800m on the path and drop to c850m to a flatish grassy area.
  • From here, turn right (east) away from the main path and head down a wide grassy gully.
  • The descent steepens and a faint path is followed down to flatter heather-clad terrain.
  • Meet the burn flowing out of Lochan Coire an Lochain and stay alongside it, back down towards Fersit, a path gradually developing on the way.



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