With snow cover starting to creep its way up the mountain, the warmer weather has brought out more walkers to the area. Currently all trails from the car park still have snow on them but the Windy Ridge route (a route which follows ridge on the left-hand side of the main ski area) is by far the clearest, with only occasional patches of soft snow. For this route and any trip up in the hills, I would always recommend carrying full waterproofs, map and compass, just in case. Pop into the Ranger Base if you need any advice about routes/equipment.
The high ground, including the summit paths are still in winter condition. Trails into the Northern Corries still have a lot of snow cover. Be careful of snow bridges across rivers at this time of year, they can be prone to collapse.
The Mountain Garden is pretty much clear of snow now and juniper bushes, which have been covered for months, are enjoying some sun.
During the winter the Ranger Service has been giving the signs a bit maintenance. Over the next month the signs will be going out for The Coire Cas mountain loop (a 2 – 3 hour marked route to the back of Coire Cas) but it will be a while before this is snow free.
- Ptarmigan: can be seen in breeding territory in rocky boulder areas above 700m.
- Ring Ouzel: heard calling and singing around the Mountain Garden and lower slopes of windy ridge
- Dipper: Seen passing though travelling up the burns below the car park
Chris – Senior Ranger