The Lower Sections From the car park head northeast towards the track under the cable car and this will take you onto the first of the easier trails. A short distance down this track is the bottom end of the Downhill track - watch out for out of control cyclists!
On my visit in April 1999 there were warning signs for pedestrians/ hill walkers not to walk up the downhill track (needless to say I encountered an angry group of walkers when I came down the track a couple of hours later)
This lower trail is graded 'easy' and is a good warm up route that can be extended to a 7-8 mile circuit back to the cable car. On a wet day many parts of this track suddenly become 'difficult' due to the slippery and muddy surface despite 90% of it being LandRover tracks. At the end of the long downhill there are options to branch off onto more difficult sections - one of which ends at a
Distillery. (But then you have to return to the trails along the very busy A82 for a couple of miles before rejoining the off road bit. The main route turns north and continues downhill.
There are spectacular views across the Great Glen and the Caledonian Canal. There is now a 4 mile straight and almost flat section that runs parallel to the A82 - you can hear the traffic but cannot see it. About halfway along this section there is a steep and slippery climb up to the approach/ service road up to the ski centre. Cross the road and on the other side disappear back down an equally steep and slippery slope onto the trail.
At the time of my trip there the car park was quite full. I had also left home in the most horrendous rain storms and arrived 100 miles later in glorious warm sunshine - it continued to rain on Central Scotland for the whole day while Ben Nevis basked in sunshine.
At the end of the lower section the trail joins a short length of access road for the Forestry Commission timber wagons. For some 1.5 miles there is rough road which eventually peters out to become rough trail again.