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Carn Mor Dearg
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
1600 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
5.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
14.18 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

A moderate route, giving excellent views of Ben Nevis.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Fort William

From Fort William (A82), at the Nevis Bridge roundabout, follow signs to Glen Nevis. Park by the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,600 metres. Allow 5.5 hours to complete this 14.18 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start from Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
  NN12747175 Distance
30 m
Cross river and ascend ENE to join main path
NN13327202 Distance
0.66 km
175 m
Follow the path ESE
NN14057178 Distance
0.77 km
355 m
Continue NE on path to junction above Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
NN14617232 Distance
1.15 km
600 m
Follow path NNE around Ben Nevis
NN15107319 Distance
1.05 km
612 m
Continue SE into Coire Leis
NN15617295 Distance
0.62 km
560 m
Cross Allt a' Mhuilinn and ascend to north ridge of Carn-Dearg Meadhonach
NN17337308 Distance
1.80 km
1080 m
Ascend SSE to Carn-Dearg Meadhonach
NN17597267 Distance
0.50 km
1179 m
Continue SSE to summit of Carn Mor Dearg
NN17757217 Distance
0.55 km
1220 m
Reverse route to return
  NN12747175 Distance
7.09 km
30 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Carn Mor Dearg
by Metcheck
Images of Carn Mor Dearg
Route Area Map
Legend  Munro  Corbett  Graham  English/Welsh Top  Accommodation

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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from the route start.
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
50.8 km
Woodlands (self-catering)
by Shiel Bridge, Inverness-shire
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Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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