Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain from Fersit

Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain

Hillwalking route from Fersit up the Munros east of Loch Treig

East of Loch Treig are the two Munros of Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain. Very different in character and linked together by a vast grass-covered plateau, the easiest approach is from Fersit to the north-west.

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Chno Dearg, 

Stob Coire Sgriodain

Ascent 1250m (4100ft)
Distance 16km (10m)
Time 6:00hr
Start/finish Fersit
Grid Ref : NN350782
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Stob Coire Sgriodain is a rugged mountain, its summit crags towering above the eastern shore of Loch Treig. To the south of the summit, minor bouldery tops sit above a grass-covered shoulder which leads eastwards over to the vast dome of Chno Dearg. The easiest and most direct approach to these Munros is from Fersit to the north-west, from where faint paths and ATV tracks can be followed up heather-clad slopes.

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Route description

1. Getting to Fersit

Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain from Fersit

On the A86, 13km east of Spean Bridge, a narrow road is marked southward, heading downhill towards Fersit.

Follow this road to its end just before some houses and by a mast, where there is ample parking available beside large green rubbish and recycling bins.

2. Chno Dearg

Heading up Chno Dearg

From the car-park, head eastwards and downhill on an estate track to 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 and soggy ATV tracks can be followed southwards up the wet tussocky ground following the west bank of the Allt Chaorach Beag. Higher up, and just before the Allt Chaorach Beag meets the Allt Fhearghais by a couple of trees , cross the Allt Chaorach Beag onto its east bank. From here it's a slog, but not unpleasant one, just make a direct bearing for Chno Dearg.

The path gradually disappears and the closer to Chno Dearg's summit you get, the more boulder-fields are encountered. Chno Dearg's summit is bouldery and a large cairn shelters Munro-baggers out of any wind.

3. Stob Coire Sgriodain

On the summit of Stob Coire Sgriodain

Aim south-west from Chno Dearg's summit loosing height. 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 or around this rocky south-east top.

Continue along to the middle top (958m on OS map), beyond which and still on the path, drop to the grassy dip below the last haul up Stob Coire Sgriodain's main summit.

A short pleasant hike up a gentle 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.

4. Return to Fersit

Descending Stob Coire Sgriodain

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 to the the point where the Allt Chaorainn beag separates from the Allt Fhearghais , and retrace your steps back down to Fersit.

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