Quite an easy route taking in Mount Keen which is the most easterly of the munros and a domed shaped solitary hill. This is the shortest and commonest route to it from Glen Esk and one saved if an easy day on the hills is required.

Start from the car park at Glen Esk head along the road until you come to a track with a sign to "The House of Mark, Glen Mark" which leads to the foot of Glen Mark, Angus. Continue up this track all the way along ignoring the track leading into Glas Coire on the right and after just over a km The Queen's Well will just be about visible and you should be able to see the path up Mount Keen faintly on the hills to the right in the background. Just after the Well take the fork on the right which leads past the former Gamekeeper's cottage which is now let out as holiday accommodation (Quite a remote place to stay). Continue up the track north which heads up to the eastern slopes of the Knowe of Crippley which eventually climbs up the southern slopes of Mount Kean and onto the summit.

Descend via the ascent route.

While on the summit keep an eye out for an Engraved stone by the path leading south from Mount Keen's summit. I've no idea what the letter represents. From the summit point on a clear day look down north into Glen TanarEast and to the east to Lochnagar - Cac Carn Beag  which is about 16 km (10miles) away as the crow flies.

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The summit has a shapely coned top with broad grassy ridges south from Glen Mark, north from Glen Tanar, and east to Braid Cairn. This shapely eastern summit point is one of the finer views in Scotland and is best viewed from NJ455006 on the Tillypronie - Dinnet road (A97) from where the summit rises grandly above the the woodland below.

Usuall access to the summit is from the pictureque Glen Esk which is the best way of climbing Mount Keen heading up  Glen Mark taking the mounth route up a bulldozed track to about 670m from where a well constructed path is a simple walk onto the summit which is marked with a summit cairn. Alternatively the hills peak can be reached from the road by Glen Tanar House from where a rough road leads through pine forests. Just before the Sheil of Tanar (ruin) take a left up a bulldozed track leads upto about 590m from where a path climbs onto the stony granite summit.

By those content to simply add Mount Keen to their list of 3000ft plus peaks it's best to take a bike as there are good tracks from both north and south to cover distance faster. On a good day, there are excellent views of the Cairngorms to the north east, especially The Lochnagar Hills which can be seen on the east.

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The summit has a shapely coned top with broad grassy ridges south from Glen Mark, north from Glen Tanar, and east to Braid Cairn. This shapely eastern summit point is one of the finer views in Scotland and is best viewed from NJ455006 on the Tillypronie - Dinnet road (A97) from where the summit rises grandly above the the woodland below.

Usuall access to the summit is from the pictureque Glen Esk which is the best way of climbing Mount Keen heading up  Glen Mark taking the mounth route up a bulldozed track to about 670m from where a well constructed path is a simple walk onto the summit which is marked with a summit cairn. Alternatively the hills peak can be reached from the road by Glen Tanar House from where a rough road leads through pine forests. Just before the Sheil of Tanar (ruin) take a left up a bulldozed track leads upto about 590m from where a path climbs onto the stony granite summit.

By those content to simply add Mount Keen to their list of 3000ft plus peaks it's best to take a bike as there are good tracks from both north and south to cover distance faster. On a good day, there are excellent views of the Cairngorms to the north east, especially The Lochnagar Hills which can be seen on the east.

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