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Maol Chean-Dearg


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
933 m (3061 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
247 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Bald red head

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  25   Glen Carron & Glen Affric

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Maol Chean-Dearg is one of three Munros, between Glen Torridon and Glen Carron. Paths between the two glens encircle this mountain making for easy access but the route from Glen Carron is shorter.

Maol Chean-Dearg is a steep sided and rocky mountain, the summit cone in particular being boulder strewn. The less steep ascent is by the SE ridge, which has two shoulders to break the ascent from Bealach a' Choire Ghairbh.

The Path from Coulags to Loch Coire an Ruadh-staic branches and ascends to the base of the SE ridge at the bealach and this is the preferred approach route.

Hazards you may encounter on Maol Chean-Dearg include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
by Metcheck
Maol Chean-Dearg Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Maol Chean-Dearg.

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 Routes that include Maol Chean-Dearg
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 937 m 15.30 km 5 hrs Maol Chean-Dearg  Moderate route with some rock and scree slopes.  

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Me & Jackie on the misty summit of Maol Chean Dearg.

© John Andrew

Image by John Andrew

On top of Maol Chean-Dearg, started the walk from Annat, bit of along walk round but managed to spot a pair of Black-Throated Divers on Loch Coire

© Steve Marlow

Image by Steve Marlow

me at the 2nd summit of the day

© John Frew

Image by John Frew

Jorja decides to strike a pose en route to the cairn on Maol Chean-dearg. April 2012.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair
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scott mitchell on 30 Aug 2020

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An Ruadh-stac and Maol Chean-Dearg
by David McSporran
Maol Chean-Dearg
by Neil Cuthbert
Maol Chean-Dearg
by Kenny Mcneill

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Kenny Telfer
wrote on
July 16, 2003
Easy and very pretty walk through the valley past the wee bothy and over a wee bridge before the fairly steep ascent. Pathways all the way up, but we took a passer-by`s advice and tried to climb the scree on the face of it. Would have been a good route had we gone further along rather than tackling the huge car sized boulders. amazing scenery at the top, which we got a photo of that we intend to enlarge and mount proudly on the wall!! One of the most picturesque munro`s I`ve climbed so far. Recommend to all.

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  Date Title Written by Including...
1 23 Mar 2013 Coulin Deer Forest Patrick Adamson Maol Chean-Dearg, Beinn Liath Mhor, Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl
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