1NS3595098635 Follow the West Highland Way north along the loch shore, soon turning slightly inland to skirt right of the Rowardennan youth hostel. Just beyond some rangers’ cottages branch off right onto a path beside a burn, climbing through woods and then up a more open hillside. Below the prominent waterfall stay left instead of crossing a stile, making a long rising traverse with an outlook over Loch Lomond. The path passes below scattered rock outcrops before zigzagging steeply onto the grassy 'summit' of Ptarmigan.
2NN3582002205 Ptarmigan is less a defined summit, more like the last pimple on the end of a broad curving ridge. Follow the high ground between rocks, pools and boggy patches, following the ridge as it loops around the head of a shallow corrie to reach the summit slopes of Ben Lomond. The ground steepens and the path gets rougher for the final pull to the top.
At the summit trig point you join the busy normal route to descend. At first the main path runs just below the edge of Ben Lomond’s northern cliffs, and it's more interesting to follow this crest rather than the trail itself. As the cliff edge begins to curve northeast drop to the main path. This zigzags down a fairly steep slope and then makes a more gentle descent across the open moorland below, following the vague spur of Sron Aonich with the island-scattered lower reaches of Loch Lomond stretching out below. The path enters some woods, soon leading back to Rowardennan.
Further Routes by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
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