Ben Nevis via the CMD East Ridge

Ben Nevis via the CMD East Ridge

By Dave Roberts   

on January 3, 2021   No ratings yet.

Ben Nevis via the CMD East Ridge

Further Details

Route Summary:

Alternative route up the CMD from the south.

Start and Finish:

Distance: 9.4 km

Ascent: 1399 m

Time: 4 hours

Timings are approximate and depend on the individual. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.




Steep ground, Navigation, Scrambling.

Public Transport:

Occasional seasonal buses from Fort William to the Steall Falls car parks. Visit Shiel Buses Website for more information on the N42 bus route


Upper Glen Nevis Car Park

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Ben Nevis Maps: 

Ben Nevis via the CMD East Ridge Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Ben Nevis via the CMD East Ridge

The Carn Mor Dearg Arete is the best route up Ben Nevis, if you can handle it. This is a variation on the usual route by ascending the East Ridge of the Carn Mor Dearg arete approaching from the Aonach Mor side.

Ben Nevis via the CMD East Ridge Route Description

The route starts off at the Steall Falls car park and follows the good path along the Water of Nevis as far as the ruins at Steall. It becomes proper Munro walking after that as you strike off cross country, with a faint path if you’re lucky, up along the Allt Coire Giubhsachan and up to the head of the Coire Giubhsachan and the col between the CMD and Aonach Mor. There’s a final steep scramble to the summit of Carn Mor Dearg, where you can continue along the CMD Arete proper and onwards to Ben Nevis.


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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