Summary

The classic route up Tryfan following the North ridge - a grade one scramble. The route passes the mountain's distinctive features, the cannon and Adam and Eve.
Difficulty:
Technical
Distance:
3.7 miles (5.9 km)
Walking time:
04h 00m
Type:
Circular

Start location

A5 between the Ogwen cottage and Tryfan

lat: 53.1229271

lon: -3.999702

Map

Elevation

Route

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Getting there

The easiest way is by car, and there is a bit of parking. However there is a regular bus service called the Snowden Sherpa - details can be found here

 

 

 

 

Waypoints

1

Pass through the gate and walk towards the North ridge - the route is fairly well marked. Tryfan is one of the few mountains that you will need to scramble on. This route is a grade one scramble - recommended only for experienced walkers. Before starting make sure you know the route and are confident you can get to the top. The only way off the mountain when you start is to either scramble down or to go over the summit.

2

This is where the scramble proper starts. Make sure you don't miss the path on your right, although it is fairly well sign posted.

3

The summit of Tryfan offers one of the best views in North Wales, and Tryfan is certainly the most satisfying to climb. Adam and Even are the two large stones at the top. Traditionally people jump between the two although they are very high!

4

Follow the south ridge down into the col between Tryfan and Glydr Fach.

5

Once you are in the col, the large U shape between the mountains, make sure you turn right so you drop down into the Cwm (Cwm Bochiwyd). You should see two lakes in front of you, the largest of which is Lyn Idwal. At this point you can carry straight on if you want to go up onto the Glyderau (the Glyders). However this will add a considerable amount of time, so be sure you know your route and timings before taking this detour.

6

Continue along the path here. You can turn down this path back to the A5 depending on where you parked or will get the bus.

7

The route continues on towards Lyn Idwal here. You can turn downhill here and roughly follow Nant Bochlwyd (this means that you'll be walking towards the ribbon lake Lyn Ogwen in the valley floor).

8

When you get to the banks of Lake Idwal, take a right turn so that the lake is on your left.

9

Now take the path to the right which means you'll be walking downhill, directly towards Lyn Ogwen.

10

Follow the path down towards the Ogwen Cottage.

11

Depending on where you started, walk along to your car or pick-up point along the A5 or in the Ogwen Cottage car park. There is parking at the Ogwen cottage as well as along the road between the cottage and the start of the route. The A5 can be very busy and there are some sharp corners. When walking along it remember to keep on the foot-way to the side - when you do cross, ensure you can see along the road.

Problem with this route?

If you encounter a problem on this walk, please let us know by emailing volunteersupport@ramblers.zendesk.com. If the issue is with a public path or access please also contact the local highways authority directly, or find out more about solving problems on public paths on our website.

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