Ben Nevis via Carn Dearg from the South
Pathless, steep and quiet! It’s the adventurous route from the south for experienced walkers only.
Distance: 4.4 km
Ascent: 1208 m
Time: 4 hours
Start and Finish: Lower Steall Falls Car Park - Ben Nevis Summit
Pathless and steep.
Occasional seasonal buses from Fort William to the Steall Falls car parks. Visit Shiel Buses Website for more information on the N42 bus route
Lower Steall Falls Car Park
Post Code for Sat Nav: PH33 6SY – though this only gets you up the glen!
Recommended Ben Nevis Guidebooks:
- Ardoch House Hotel (5-Star) and West Highland Way Campsite ( km away)
- Sykes Holiday Cottages in Scotland ( km away)
Ben Nevis via Carn Dearg from the South Details
If you’re determined to climb Ben Nevis and avoid people as much as possible, then ascending either of the ridges that enclose Coire Eoghainn from Glen Nevis will do the trick. The SE ridge is rougher going, but the South West ridge along Carn Dearg (1020) is a much better prospect. This is the Carn Dearg to the south of Ben Nevis – not to be confused with the other Carn Dearg (1221) to the North! It’s steep, and at only 4.4km, the shortest route up Ben Nevis. Almost by default, that also makes it the steepest!
The route up Ben Nevis from the south starts from the Lower Steall Falls car park in Glen Nevis. It sets off steeply, and doesn’t really relent in that respect, initially along the Allt Coire Eoghainn. Coire Eoghainn marks the turning point as you head west up the steep slopes of Carn Dearg to it’s quiet summit. That’s around 900m of ascent over only 2km, so pretty steep! The remaining section is around the same distance, but only around 300m of climbing, practically flat in comparison! A slightly more level ridge joins the summit to Ben Nevis before a final steep pull to join the Mountain Path to the summit of Ben Nevis.
Ben Nevis via Carn Dearg from the South Route Map and GPS File Download
We’ll be adding the full Route Description as soon as we can persuade our Local Expert to walk this route!