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Devil's Staircase

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BillPNo1 wrote a review Aug 2020
Friendswood, Texas688 contributions181 helpful votes
The Devil's Staircase on Thhe West Highland Way looks very formidable on the trail maps. In reality, I didn't find it either that steep, or as twisty as represented on the maps. It was a nice hike up and over; and the views along the way, and especially from the summit, were very nice. This section of the WHW was very crowded, mostly with dayhikers and locals; but not unbearably so. I did pass many people on the ascent - which is normally not my standard - but I was intent on avoiding a potential rain storm if possible. The summit is rather obvious but there is no permanent marking of the summit.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Dave M wrote a review Jun 2019
Alkmaar, The Netherlands206 contributions94 helpful votes
Parking was easy to find, in line with the small white cottage, and there were not too many cars. An easy to follow zig zag climb, which takes around 50 minutes, and that is while taking photo's and stopping for breaks. Stunning views all around and you are swallowed up by the size of the mountains, making you feel very small and humble. Take time and enjoy this very special place on the planet and refrain from trying to " fit it in " and make it just another walk ticked off the list. I would recommend anyone visiting the Glencoe are to do the walk. It will stay with you forever.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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mattski0604 wrote a review May 2019
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania208 contributions71 helpful votes
You'll need some instructions, but look for the cars, to find this destination hike. The hike is mostly gentle, but for the wintery weather - hail and snow - on an early May morning. Passed by way hikers on the West Highland Trail, the 50-somethings and the 20-somethings both walked hard up this scenic trail, earning great views over the bowl-shaped valley. One of several hikes that we took in the area, and certainly one of the most popular, with a steady stream of lone hikers, senior couples, dogs and intrepid soles taking in the experience.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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traveldoc65 wrote a review Mar 2019
Cockermouth, United Kingdom2,178 contributions194 helpful votes
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I chose this route as I was walking solo and there is a well marked easy to follow path. It is a boulder strewn rocky path rather than stairs , with excellent views. The walk is easily achievable by the moderately unfit whose habitual level of activity is a bit of light urban dog walking such as myself.It is a relentless path that snakes uphill and takes about 45 minutes to the top. The path heads on towards Kinlochleven and is part of the West Highland Way. If you continue on the path for an additional 15 minutes or so there are great views over the Blackwater reservoir. There are no big brown tourist attraction signposts. There is a rather subtle green signpost pointing the way from the lay-by. Heading west the parking is on the left 2.3 miles after the Glen Etive turnoff. Heading East it is 7.4 miles from the Glen Coe visitor centre as you head out of the Pass of Glen Coe.There is additional off road parking on the opposite side of the road.There are no facilities.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Scotlandmac wrote a review Nov 2018
Glasgow, United Kingdom9,681 contributions719 helpful votes
Good stony track, bit of huff and puff but the ever improving views are well worth the effort.40 mins or so to the highest point of the Staircase and then another 15 mins on a fainter path will take you to the deserted, even better viewpoint of Stob Mhic Mhartuinn.This is the knobbly outcrop of rock in the mid distance (check a map).Great place for a picnic, far from the madding crowd.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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