Snowdon - Hiking Blog

Snowdon - Hiking Blog

Snowdon was an incredible experience. We had traveled down from Scotland 2 days before to stay in a wee Airbnb in the middle of nowhere in the North of Wales for my 28th Birthday with the intention of exploring Wales a little and conquering its highest mountain.

We thankfully booked parking a few days prior to our trip for Sunday which guaranteed us a spot at the carpark, at the start of the Pyg track, all day for about £25. It is an incredibly popular mountain to climb and we absolutely did not want to get there and have to trek for miles up a road to begin our trek.

This proved to be worth the cost as we ended up heading up later in the day to try and avoid the worst of the bad weather. We had taken a look at the forecast the night before, seen that it was giving rain until around 10am and it should have cleared up as the day went on.  

The rain hung around for a little longer than we anticipated and we started off the walk from the car park in a heavy drizzle with poor visibility. At this point we weren't the most optimistic in the world that we would be able to see anything on our trek.

After a bit of hiking, you eventually hit the ridge of the mountain and are presented with a decision on whether you want to take the far more challenging Crib Goch path to the right, or the Pyg Track through the stiles.

Given we are just at the start of our mountaineering journey, you'll forgive us for opting for the safer Pyg Track. Although, given the weather conditions, we would have been missing out on some absolutely stunning views in the valley of Snowdon if we'd opted for the higher path which remained shrouded with clouds for the majority of the hike.

Following the lower path, the clouds eventually lifted and started to tease us with the promise of some great views over the mountains and over the lakes below.

Snowdonia is truly a beautiful part of the world and the weather was certainly enhancing it's beauty. If you do get the chance to visit it, then it's absolutely worth the journey down.

At this point in the hike, the walk along the Pyg Track is relatively straightforward and the incline wasn't fairly gentle for much of the hike. There are certain technical sections that required a little bit more care and attention, but there were no sections that made this overly difficult for new hikers.

I'd rank this is as one of the easier mountains than a few that I've had the pleasure of climbing, given the well-maintained path all the way to the top. Although I don't want to understate that it was still physically exerting!

Eventually, the miner's track will merge into the Pyg track and it's at this point the incline becomes a little steeper. You'll find yourself hitting slightly more challenging sections that require some big steps up and using your hands for balance.

We were incredibly lucky at this point that the clouds had mostly lifted. Looking back down the valley, we were treated to some incredible views of Llyn Llydaw.

In a way, I was pretty grateful for the slightly wilder weather as the cloud cover helps to add that element of drama to the photos I managed to capture. I struggle to find inspiration when it's blue skies and the light is harsh.

I loved the look of this ridge-line in the sun.

Overall, on the Pyg Track from the carpark, you end up walking roughly 5.5km and ascend roughly 730m to reach the summit. After zig-zagging up the mountain, you eventually join up with the Llanberis and Snowdon Ranger paths which all ultimately lead to the summit.

You'll hit a finger post, known as Bwlch Glas, at which point you turn left and follow the route to the top.

One of the drawbacks of climbing the more popular mountains is the fact that there will ultimately be queues of people at the top waiting to get pictures at the summit.

We ended up waiting for about 5-10 minutes in a small queue to get a photo and then head down to a lower section of the mountain to enjoy our sandwiches and squashies.

On the way back down the mountain, the weather continued to clear up and looking back up the mountain things started looking brighter.

We ended up taking the Miner's track back to the carpark as this gave us the opportunity to head down to the water's edge and explore more of the mountain range before heading home.

There were a few people taking dips in the water after their hike, but we weren't quite feeling brave enough to strip down and dive into the cold water.

Following the miner's track back, you can get some impressive views of the waterfall between the two bodies of water and it forms a nice leading line back up to the summit of Snowdon.

The photo below is up there with my favourites from the trip -

Overall, Snowdon was a great mountain to tick off. We got incredible views on our hike and fantastic weather for the majority of the hike.