6 Best Routes up Snowdon

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England at a height of 3,560 ft or 1,085 m. It’s a very popular mountain with over 300,000 people climbing it each year. The 6 best routes up Snowdon have a range of easy angled slopes to exposed ridges so there is a route for everyone. Whichever route is chosen the walker is rewarded with superb mountain scenery and views over to Anglesey and the Irish Sea on a clear day. The routes are the Miners’ Track, Snowdon Ranger, Rhyd-Ddu Path, Llanberis path, Pyg Track and finally the Watkin Path

map of 6 routes up snowdon

Miners Track

A popular route which can get busy in Summer. The track was built to serve the Britannia Copper Mine and has a gentle start and passing Llyn Llydaw and the turquoise Llyn Glaslyn. The path then rises very steeply on a series of zig zags to join the Pyg track and the summit ridge.

Distance 8 Miles. Ascent 2,372 feet. Time 6 hours. Parking at Pen Y Pas pay and display, get there early to ensure a place!

image of miners track and Pyg track from above

Snowdon Ranger

Our favorite way up the mountain with stunning views of Snowdon and the Nantlle ridge. The route is one of the quieter paths so you can enjoy the scenery in relative peace. Named after the Snowdon Ranger Inn at the start of the route which has since been converted into a youth hostel.

Distance 8 Miles. Ascent 3,071 feet. Time : 6 hours. Parking: Pay and Display near the youth hostel

snowdon from the ranger footpath on a summers day

Rhyd Ddu Path

The quietest route with some great mountain scenery and views across to the Nantlle ridge. The top section of the route is narrow and exposed so best avoided if you are inexperienced mountain walker.

Distance 8.5 Miles. Ascent 2,936ft. Time 6 hours. Parking: Pay and Display at Rhyd Ddu car park

exposed ridge on rhyd ddu path near summit

Llanberis path

The easiest and longest route up Snowdon following the railway line. The path is good all the way with no scrambling or tricky sections. The walker is rewarded with fine mountain views as they ascend the mountain particularity over to Clogwyn Du’r Arddu one of the best climbing locations in the UK

Distance 9 Miles. Time 6 hours. Ascent 3,199ft. Parking: In Llanberis village

llanberis footpath with view of snowdon

Pyg Track

The shortest and most rugged route up Snowdon with the least amount of vertical ascent. It’s not for the inexperienced walker though as its a challenging route with steep and rocky sections It has the best views of any route of the summit pyramid and joins the Miners track before joining the summit ridge. It’s probably the most popular route so can get very busy.

Distance 7 Miles. Ascent 2,372ft. Time : 6 hours. Parking: Pen Y Pas pay and display car park, get there early to ensure a parking spot.

pyg track on snowdon in winter with snow on the mountains

Watkin Path

The first designated footpath in UK and the hardest route up Snowdon due to having the most vertical ascent. The route starts off on wide track, goes passed a spectacular waterfall before a rocky section high on the mountain and a loose scree section leads to the summit.

Distance 8 Miles. Ascent 3,330ft. Time : 6 hours. Parking: Pay and display at Pont Bethania

looking down on watkin path on a summers day

As well as the 6 Best routes up Snowdon there is a classic scrambling route called the Snowdon Horseshoe which is for experienced mountaineers

snowdon horseshoe with snow on tops

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