Kinghouse to Kinlochleven
On May 22, we left Kinghouse and walked up Glen Coe under low clouds and misty drizzle. We walked parallel to but a bit above the River Coupall. By the time we turned north and away from the river at Altnafeadh, it had stopped raining and we saw some sunshine. We climbed toward a remote ridge using the Devil's Staircase which consisted of a series of switchbacks that were not difficult. The Devil's Staircase I used to climb in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia was certainly much more rugged and difficult. The top of the ridge was the highpoint of the West Highland Way at 1,800 feet. There were views in multiple directions from the top, including a great view of the massive Buachaille Etive Mor mountain across Glen Coe. The climb put us once again into remote, high moors with open views in all directions. On the level trail, we traversed around mountain peaks to our east. I had told someone that I had a birthday, and of course, they all knew, so when we stopped to eat lunch among some rocks, I played "When I'm 64" for them on my Iphone. In the afternoon, we began a long descent into the forest and down to the town of Kinlochleven were we stayed in a bed and breakfast.