Fiacaill a Coire Cas

Adopted by Sarah.

A relatively short and quick route onto the Cairngorm Plateau on a well constructed path. A popular route to climb the busy Cairngorm, this also provides the easiest route down to Loch A’an via Coire Raibeirt, further afield to Beinn Mheadhoin and Derry Cairngorm or across the plateau to Ben MacDui. It’s also a good option for descent from the plateau and a useful escape route should the weather close in.

To access the start of the Fiacaill a Coire Cas route, follow either side of the well way-marked Lower Cas Loop through the ski area until the top “zig-zag” . The Fiacaill a Coire Cas branches off South starting with about 25 meters of steep granite steps then flattening out and gently ascending across the floor of the corrie. Looking back gives stunning views of the Rothiemurchus Forrest and Loch Morlich. The path then steepens up the Fiacaill a Coire Cas Ridge itself giving views of the steep crags of the Northern Corries. After a short steep climb the path tops out on the Cairngorm Plateau at 1141 meters. Here 3 clear paths then branch off to Cairngorm summit, down Coire Raibeirt or across the rim of the Northern Corries towards Ben MacDui.

Mapping

Problem(s) detail

Requires Attention

Path Widening

Minor path widening for 4-5 meters


Lat: 57.1244417, Lng: -3.6616444
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Minor surface erosion. lower layer showing through for 6-8 meters


Lat: 57.1244278, Lng: -3.6615778
Requires Attention

Blocked drainage feature

Partially blocked cross drain


Lat: 57.1241111, Lng: -3.661325
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Path surface erosion. lower layer showing through path for 4 meters approx.


Lat: 57.1240417, Lng: -3.6612417
Requires Attention

Path Widening

Path widening for about 10 meters


Lat: 57.1237944, Lng: -3.6613167
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Surface erosion, lower layer showing through for about 4 meters


Lat: 57.1234778, Lng: -3.6611139
Requires Attention

Blocked drainage feature

Partially blocked cross drain


Lat: 57.1232222, Lng: -3.6610194
Requires Attention

Blocked drainage feature

Overgrown and partially blocked cross drain


Lat: 57.1231222, Lng: -3.6608639
Requires Attention

Blocked drainage feature

Another overgrown and partially blocked cross drain


Lat: 57.1228917, Lng: -3.66095
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Surface erosion 4-5 meters also some widening at this point


Lat: 57.1225611, Lng: -3.6608167
Requires Attention

Path Widening

Path widening for about 20 meters. Looks like some work already done to combat this but the vegetation has not really started to re-grow due to short growing season


Lat: 57.1222722, Lng: -3.6603972
Requires Attention

Blocked drainage feature

Overgrown and partially blocked cross drain


Lat: 57.1194917, Lng: -3.6586083
Requires Attention

Blocked drainage feature

Overgrown and partially blocked cross drain


Lat: 57.1194333, Lng: -3.6589111
Requires Attention

Blocked drainage feature

Overgrown and partially blocked cross drain


Lat: 57.1190528, Lng: -3.6585306
Requires Attention

Blocked drainage feature

Blocked cross drain


Lat: 57.1186000, Lng: -3.6584278
Requires Attention

Path Widening

Some path widening is apparent in this location. It would appear that steps already taken to combat this but the vegetation has not re-generated or if any re-seeding was done it's not taken although this could be due to short growing season.


Lat: 57.1181861, Lng: -3.6578556
Requires Attention

Path Widening

Path widening for about 15 meters


Lat: 57.1181667, Lng: -3.6579083
Requires Attention

Path Widening

Lots of braiding and areas of previous path still visible on the upper section of this route from this point until the top of the path. However, it looks likely that this mostly predates the current constructed path although has probably been worsened by being used as a shortcut or during poor underfoot conditions. The natural vegetation does not seem to have regenerated although this could take several years in the short growing season at this height.


Lat: 57.1174556, Lng: -3.6575111

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