16 miles
2,970 ft
-2,970 ft
1,791 ft
High Point

Loop from bottom of Devil's staircase taking in the best rocky descents

The push up from the carpark at Altnafeadh is just over a mile very little of which is rideable. The decent down to Kinlochleven is around twice as long and all rideable.

At the bottom of the descent turn right and either follow the obvious track or ride along the top of the pipe to the dam at black water reservoir.

Cross over the reservoir and follow the track going west which initially follows the pipe before dropping down to the side of the river leven.

The track is very similar to Ullswater singletrack although it is much more rideable as the climbs are shorter and less steep. There are a couple of very technical sections which will have to be walked by most but the rest of it is straightforward.

NOTE: If you don't like rocky techy singletrack then you'll probably hate it.. it isn't fast and flowy.

Upon arrival in Kinlochleven locate the chill factor and head east on the old military road until you meet the point where you dropped down on the outbound leg and climb up and over to the finish.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Devils Staircase & Ciaran mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    54 ft
  • Altitude start
    962 ft
  • Altitude end
    962 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,129 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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