|Glas Maol & Creag
Leacach from Glenshee ski-centre
Glas Maol Creag Leacach
|Estimated net time||3½-4 hours|
The whole route is done on path, which is very vague in some places. The final ascent to Creag Leacach is on boulder.
|Drinking water||No reliable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (June 2011).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||670 metres|
|Vertical metres||750 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||11.4 km|
From Perth drive approximately 64 km north on road A93, almost to the Glenshee ski-centre. Park at the top of the pass, on the right hand side of the road, 700 metres before the ski-centre.
Start walking by following the wide path (service road) all the way to the top of the lower ski lift. From here turn a little right (south-east) and follow the steep path up to the summit plateau of Glas Maol. Head across to the plateau to the summit, which is marked by a stone shelter and a proper cairn.
From Glas Maol head back across the plateau and gradually turn left (south-west) down to the long saddle between Glas Maol and Creag Leacach. This section of the route is without path. Proceed along the saddle, which towards the end narrows to a fine ridge. Climb the summit of Creag Leacach on boulder. The summit has a small cairn.
Return via your ascent route, but bear left when you approach the Glas Maol summit plateau, and then re-join the path you followed up to the plateau from the car park.
05. June 2011
By Sunday morning the Scotland-2011 team was down to two persons, Håvard and me, and we decided to pay a visit to the area of the Glenshee ski-centre, where I had also been three days earlier. The weather wasn't terribly promising, with clouds down to approximately 700 metres, but we assumed climbing Glas Maol would be on a well defined path so navigating would be straight forward.
When we set out from the car park at the top of the pass on road A93 the clouds had lifted, and we had a good view of our target of the day. This made us start planning on including also Cairn of Claise. But when we got up to Glas Maol the low clouds were back, and Cairn of Claise wasn't visible. However, the view towards south was much better, and we could see that hiking Creag Leacach would mean following a ridge, allowing for easy navigation should also this mountain get covered in fog. And since we had found out that Creag Leacach was a Munro we decided to visit also this top.
The hike towards Creag Leacach was done in fine conditions, and from the summit we had fine views all around. And during our descent we also had some spells of sun.
After the hike we drove down to Braemar. Here we bought some hiking gear, and
enjoyed a fish & chips lunch. We also looked at possibilities for having
next year's base in this nice village.