Cairn Gorm

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For the easiest summit route I have said 'walk up' but this can be more of an ice climb between December and February. Large amounts of snow accumulate in Winter and a fairly large ski resort sits on the easiest accesible side. The resort sits between 2100 and 3900ft.

Summary: A daunting challenge in Winter-Remember it is Scotlands 5th highest mountain with the summit at 4085ft (1245m).

Elevation (feet): 4,050
Elevation (meters): 1,234
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Scottish Highlands
Latitude: 57.1171
Longitude: -3.6423
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Nearest major airport: Glasgow
Convenient Center: Aviemore

Thanks to Brendan Howard and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 6 trip reports for Cairn Gorm.

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  • Log #12971 - by Dave Rogers on Jan 28, 2004
    Complete white-out,cleared at the summit slightly,stopped in the restaurant on way down for coffee!!
  • Log #12972 - by Cheat on Apr 23, 2003
    I went up by the chairlift, should I claim it as one of my munros? Its still a 400 ft climb and I went on to Ben Macdui.
  • Log #12976 - by Brendan S. Howard on Aug 20, 2001
    Majestic views in Winter with huge plains of snow.
  • Log #12973 - by Marquess and Janell on June 17, 2001
    total whiteout with snow on and off. Dang, couldn't see a thing.
  • Log #12974 - by Phil Hollywood on May 14, 2001
    Beautiful day - blazing sunshine, virtually windless. From the car-park, up the eastern shoulder of Coire an t'Sneachda, kicking steps in the snow, then up the final scree-slope to the top. As...
  • Log #12975 - by Henry Dean on Mar 27, 2001
    i summited for the first time in white-out conditions and 70mph winds. the conditions were daunting, but the peak is lovely - football shaped.