Y Garn is one of the more impressive peaks in the Glyderau. Whilst it is often climbed as part of a bigger traverse of the range, it is equally worthwhile as a stand-alone mountain, and perhaps best done via its fantastic North East Ridge. This ridge is never technical, but the exposure down towards Cwm Cywion and the Nant Ffrancon is truly epic for a walking route. You then descend towards Llyn Y Cwn and past the imposing chasm of the Devil's Kitchen. Look out for interesting flora as you descend this route.
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Distance: 4.19 miles (6.75 km)
Total ascent: 682m
Time: 4 – 5 hours (Walking)
SummitsY Garn 947 m
The Car Park at Ogwen Cottage, SH649604
Amazing hill walking on clear mountain paths. Generally good underfoot and no boggy areas save the last 300m or so.
In winter the tops of the mountains are prone to snow and appropriate winter walking equipment will often be necessary.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Snowdonia – Met Office: Snowdonia
The Snowdon Sherpa bus network makes car free access possible from Bethesda, or from Llanberis via Pen y Pass
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by Mark Reeves