Welcome to the

Trail Viewer

Note: This page looks best if you maximize your browser window.

Highlights of what this viewer does for you:-
  • Two live maps side by side (OS 1:50,000 & Google).
  • Profile graph shows how elevation changes over the trail.
  • Secondary cursor correlates map location of the mouse on both maps and on the elevation profile.
  • Press 'Play' to animate the cursor over the route on both maps and the elevation profile.
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Trail Viewer

All trails on MTBtrails.info are stored as GPX files (see the FAQ to find out more about these). The ‘Trail Viewer’ takes the GPX file for a particular trail and draws it simultaneously on two live maps and also calculates and plots an elevation profile.

Different mapping systems each have their pros and cons. Here we have tried to gain the best of both worlds by plotting on two maps side-by-side and providing correlation between the two using the secondary mouse pointer (see below).

Functions:-
  • These are both ‘live’ maps. Click and drag to scroll around. Either use the scroll-wheel on your mouse or the slider on each map to zoom in and out.
  • A profile graph shows how elevation changes over the route of the trail.
  • A secondary cursor correlates map location of the mouse on both maps and on the elevation profile.
  • Press 'Play' to animate the cursor over the route on both maps and the elevation profile.
  • Use the ‘Print’ buttons to display a printer friendly version of either the OS or Google map. Then just use your browser’s print function to get a hard copy to take with you when you go.

From the main venue page you can also download the actual GPS file itself so you can put it in your own GPS device, phone, or PC mapping software.

The Mapping Systems Used:-

OS OpenSpace

The OS OpenSpace system now gives free access to the 1:50000 scale ‘Landranger’ maps for the whole of the UK. This is a ‘live’ map system in that it can be scrolled around and zoomed in and out (it works in a very similar way to Google maps). These maps are often the best choice for looking at a mountain bike trail because of the detail they provide in remote areas (particularly the topographical data in the hills).

Google Maps

With the Google map in satellite mode (where detailed aerial photographs are available) it is often very useful to be able to see a picture of the real on-the-ground conditions. In areas where these photographs are very detailed this can provide an incredibly rich impression of an area.

With the Google map in terrain mode it can often also give you a good feel for the basic structure of the hills and valleys you will be passing through.


Secondary Mouse Pointer

As you move the mouse around the maps, you will see a second pointer appear on the other map. This pointer resembles a ‘Cross-hairs’ and is automatically drawn in the location corresponding to where the tip of your mouse pointer is currently pointing.



Trail Description Drag me!
Follow the same route as described in Trail 1 at this location from the car park at Auchlean, and head south up Glen Feshie, following the river.

At Tag 3, turn left and follow the track as the big climb begins, taking you up to the summit plateau at Tag 4.

Stay on the track as it turns to the right and heads south towards the summit of Mullach Clach a Bhlair, your first Munro of the day. As the track passes the summit of MCB, turn off at the rough path that leads directly to the summit cairn.
There's not much climbing to be done here, on a very flat plateau. The path is little more than some grass that's a bit more worn down than the other grass here ! Easy enough to cycle on though.

MCB is a pretty uninspiring summit, but you've got here on your bike, which has to count for something at least ! It only takes about 10 minutes from Tag 4 to the summit so it's worth doing to say you've bagged a Munro on two wheels.
There are good views back towards the Cairngorms though, and the pointy summit of Sgor Gaoith ( your second Munro ) can be seen sticking invitingly above the nearer summit of Carn Ban Mor. Return back to Tag 4.

At Tag 4, turn right and follow the track as it undulates across the summit plateau to Tag 6 where you turn left towards the summit of CBM. This trail is little more than grass and moss in places, but you'll notice the turn off easily enough. The path gradually improves and becomes better defined as you get higher and nearer Tag 7.

At Tag 7, turn right and head for north towards Sgor Gaoith. The direct route over the summit of CBM ( a Munro Top ) has short sections of grassy path / kitty litter, which quickly fade away to nothing, and reappear for a few meters again just as quickly. There is a more defined path from Tag 7 that heads NE around the summit of CBM which seems to be the better option, but it quickly deteriorates into something similar after about 150m or so.

Once over the summit, you can see a well defined path heading down CBM, and up to the summit of SG ( Munro number 2 ) ahead of you at Tag 8. The route can be cycled all the way to the summit of SG, but you have to pick your way between rocks the closer you get to the summit. The gradient is easy enough though.
As you get near to the summit, it's definitely worth wandering off the path to the right to get your first view down to Loch Eanaich - it's something special, you don't realise the size of the cliff you're on top of until you're gaping over the edge.
Further on the view from the top of SG is amazing, and well worth the extra effort to get here.

Retrace your route from here back to Tag 7. Gape in awe at the descent that awaits you, and go for it, downhill all the way back to the car park.


Trail Viewer
Venue:-
Carn Ban Mor
Trail:-
Carn Ban Mor & 2 Munros
Length: 16.8 Miles
Ascent: 1008 m
Time: 7 hrs
Tech: Hard
Fitness: Very Hard