The Red Burn Waterfalls are regarded as the
half way point, popular for a stop and filling
up you water bottles.
The ZigZags start just past the Waterfalls,
tough hiking with a few Boulder Fields to get
through, sore on the feet if you don't have
boots with thick soles.
There are 10 ZigZags over 2,000ft, toughest
part of the hike.
You reach a Large Cairn at the top of the
ZigZags, from where it is a long way out to the
Summit Cairn, still with a couple of little
steep sections as well.
It takes between 4 and 6 hours to get to the
top, depending on how fit you are.
Once you reach to Summit Cairn, you find a
number of Buildings to explore, from 1883 to
1904, scientists lived in these Buildings and
worked in the Observatory recording weather
When looking north, you will see the next
Mountain named Carn Mor Dearg at 4,000ft, with
a Narrow Ridge round to that named Carn Mor
Dearg Arete, a route only for hikers with a
head for heights as is fairly dangerous.
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The same route back down is a long way,
taking between 3 and 4 hours, and the steps on
the bottom 2,000ft are tough on the knees.
The Ben Nevis Inn offers a good selection of
Drinks and Meals, and the Ben Nevis Visitor
Centre has soft drinks and ice cream.