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Hiking Snowdon
March 132014

Overview of Snowdon:

Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales and part of the three peak challenge! The three peak challenge consists of hiking the three highest peaks in Scotland, Wales & England in 24 hours. While thats a bit crazy it is fun to do on a long weekend! The most common place to start the hike is from Pyg Track .

Local Lodging:

Time and Cost:

  • Entrance to Mountain: Free
  • Parking Costs: £10.00
  • Time Needed: 4-5 Hours
  • Distance: 12.2 km/ 7.5 mi (Up & Down)
  • Trail Type: Round Trip

Equipment Needed:

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Rain Coat during the rainy season
  • Snacks & Lunch to enjoy during the hike

Getting In:

You have two options to get to the Pyg Track of Snowdon. Driving will put you at the start of the track but will set you back £10! The other option is to grab the Sherpa bus from Llanberis High Street for £1. For either choice you want to go to the Pen Y Pass car park where the Pyg Track starts its ascent to the top of Snowdon.

Trail Guide:

You should start your hike as early as possible as the weather can quickly change and often it can get dark very fast. The visibility is low at the top of the mountain so the more light you have the better. Summer months are the best due to the snow that accumulates at the top of the mountain during the Fall and Winter.

Head to the top right of the Pen Y Pass to start on the Pyg Track up Snowdon. The path is mostly a rock path leading to the top of the peak. Follow the stone path from the start of Pen Y Pass going over various stone steps and to beautiful views of the lake. As you progress upwards the stone layout is much cleaner. 30 mins before the top is a large stone that marks the joining of the miners track. Continue following the path up the mountain

At the base of the final ascent is another large stone that marks the joining of the Llanberis and Ranger Path. Keep following the path up the mountain until you reach the top.

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