Summit Routes

Want to climb Snowdon but not sure which walking route to use? Whether you’re walking with us, or planning a day out for yourself, use this guide to help find the route that will suit your experience and expectations.

Some people refer to the mountain as Mount Snowdon or Mount Snowdonia - but we know it as Yr Wyddfa, or Snowdon...in the Snowdonia National Park.

Have a look at our Open Climb Snowdon dates to see when we might be out with a group, using a particular path. Or if you fancy your own bespoke guided walk on a date to suit you, please contact us to help make it happen.

Llanberis Path

Climb Snowdon - Summit Routes - Llanberis Path
  • 9 miles / 14.5km
  • 975 metres of ascent
  • 5.5 – 7 hours (depending on breaks and walking speed)
  • Starts from Llanberis village (Grid Ref: SH 582 598)

The Llanberis Path provides the most gradual, although longest, route to the summit of Snowdon. It leaves Llanberis village by way of a steep tarmac road, one of the most challenging sections of the route – be warned!

The route is considered suitable for families, groups and those new to walking as it does not pose many technical difficulties in summer conditions.

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Snowdon Ranger Path

Climb Snowdon - Summit Routes - Snowdon Ranger Path
  • 8 miles / 13km
  • 936 metres of ascent
  • 6 hours (depending on breaks and walking speed)
  • Starts from Llyn Cwellyn car park (Grid Ref: SH 564 511)

This path is thought to be the earliest of the six main routes to the summit. The path was named in English after a mountain guide called John Morton who called himself the ‘Snowdon Ranger’.

After a steep initial zig zag ascent, the path climbs gradually up before merging with the Llanberis Path at Bwlch Glas, and then on to the summit.

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Miners’ Track

Climb Snowdon - Summit Routes - Miners' Track
  • 8 miles / 13km
  • 723 metres of ascent
  • 6 hours (depending on breaks and walking speed)
  • Starts from Pen y Pass car park (Grid Ref: SH 647 577)

This path is ideal if you wish to take a walk on Snowdon without going all the way to the summit. The path starts off wide and even, climbing gradually becoming a hard climb towards the intersection of the Miners’ and the Pyg Tracks.

The path then zigzags up to Bwlch Glas, and then on to the summit past the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which has been carrying visitors to the summit since 1896.

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Rhyd Ddu Path

Climb Snowdon - Summit Routes - Rhyd Ddu Path
  • 8.5 miles / 14km
  • 895 metres of ascent

The quietest of the six main routes to the summit, which offers views of striking mountain scenery, especially towards Moel Hebog and the hills of Nantlle to the south.

The path climbs gradually along the old track that served the Bwlch Cwm Llan slate quarry, but it then leaves the track and climbs quite steeply over rocky terrain to Llechog ridge before the final climb to the summit on a good path.

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Pyg Track

Climb Snowdon - Summit Routes - Pyg Track
  • 7 miles / 11km
  • 723 metres of ascent
  • 6 hours (depending on breaks and walking speed)
  • Starts from Pen y Pass car park (Grid Ref: SH 647 577)

Starting at Pen y Pass car park – this is one of the most popular places to start a walk of Snowdon from. On busy summer weekends, the car park can be full by 7am!

Please consider other areas to park, including the Park and Ride car park from Nant Peris or Llanberis.

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Watkin Path

Climb Snowdon - Summit Routes - Watkin Path
  • 8 miles / 13km
  • 1015 metres of ascent

This path was named after Sir Edward Watkin, Liberal Member of Parliament and railway entrepreneur who retired to a chalet in Cwm Llan on the foothills of Snowdon. This is thought to be one of the most hard going paths up Snowdon, as it starts only a little above sea level.

The path starts off wide and quite even, but becomes rocky towards the second half, with a steep final ascent!

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Climb Snowdon - Summit Routes - Crib Goch

Crib Goch Ridge

This majestic ridgeline is a classic walk and scramble onto Snowdon itself and is accessed from Bwlch y Moch, along the Pyg Track. Some people mistake Crib Goch for Snowdon itself and become challenged on its steep and rocky ridgeline without meaning to do so!

Most of our Climb Snowdon clients use other routes to ascend Snowdon, but sometimes people ask us to guide them along this route, and we are really happy to do so given certain conditions.

We operate at a ratio of 1:3 on Crib Goch and will guide experienced walkers along this route, who are capable and confident on their feet and happy with exposure and heights. Ideally they will have scrambled before (maybe on Snowdonia’s Tryfan or Striding Edge in the Lake District, for example).

An assessment is always made and expectations shared when we meet with groups, and it’s a good idea to make an extra day available for exploring similar terrain before the ascent of Crib Goch. Also, the weather has to be fair for enjoyable and more secure progression along the ridge: calm winds, dry rock and good visibility will make an ascent a pleasant day out, rather than a fight against the elements in an exposed environment.

We are happy to discuss walk options that include Crib Goch and Y Lliwedd for you and help plan adventures...