Whilst hordes of people walk up the Llanberis Path on summer weekends, it is still worth doing if you're looking for the easiest way up Snowdon on foot. Going back down the same way is the simplest way home, but for variety an alternative descent via the Snowdon Ranger path is well worth using if you want to avoid the masses, and enjoy a longer and more remote-feeling walk.
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Distance: 11.31 miles (18.20 km)
Total ascent: 1,107m
Time: 6 – 8 hours (Walking)
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SummitsSnowdon (Yr Wyddfa) 1085 m
Park in the large car park opposite the Snowdon Mountain Railway. This is a pay and display car park and gets busy quite quickly, although its size means it usually has space if turning up in the morning, SH582599
Generally well maintain mountain path as you head up, with occasional loose gravel on the steeper sections.
On the occasions that winter conditions are prevalent on the mountain you will need ice axe and crampons. Whilst most people ignore this and survive, it is often through luck rather than judgement. In hard-frozen winter conditions many people wrongly choose to follow the rail track down rather than the Llanberis Path. This can be a deadly choice as between Clogwyn Station and Bwlch Glas is a notorious accident black spot above the cliffs of Clogwyn Moch where a convex slope, topped by a short icy section, has led to many people slipping to their deaths. Do not follow the rail track, instead follow the footpath.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Snowdonia – Met Office: Snowdonia
There are several bus services to Llanberis and the main bus stop at the far end of the village is close to the car park.
OS Explorer 263 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL17 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL18 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Snowdonia (1:40,000), OS Landranger 115 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 114 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Llanberis (01286 870 765); Beddgelert (01766 890615); Bangor (01248 352786)
by Mark Reeves
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