There are 7 well marked paths that lead to the summit of Snowdon – each range in difficulty, so choose wisely!
The Llanberis Path
This is by far the most popular trip up to the Summit. It’s an easy trek of 5 miles that will take even the most leisurely of walkers around 3 hours to complete. Starting in Snowdon’s village of Llanberis, the track is a well defined straight shoot to the top – with the Halfway Cafe conveniently positioned to offer respite to those needing it.
Snowdon Ranger Track
One of the oldest tracks, long maintained by the Rangers of Snowdonia’s National Park, the Path is a mile shorter than the Llanberis route. Although it doesn’t offer any convenient cafe stops, there’s a lot more to see on the 2 hour hike. Beginning just a few hundred yards from the Snowdon Youth Hostel, the path is quieter and offers wonderful views of Llyn Du’r Arddu.
Shorter still is the Rhyd-Ddu Path, starting from the quaint village of Rhyd-Ddu – there’s not a huge amount of parking available here – but if you get there early you should be safe. Winding it’s way up the Western incline of Snowdon – the path gets a touch treacherous but is still perfectly safe The views from this route really have to be seen to be believed.
The Pyg Track
One of the more challenging ascents that Snowdon has to offer, you may find yourself needing to take a breather from time to time – which is no shame considering the stunning scenery. Don’t expect an easy start as the going gets pretty tough from the get go, as you leave the car park from the Eastern side of the mountain (near the Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel) – take your time and just think about reaching the top!
The second track that begins from the Pen-Y-Pass YHA, the Miner’s Track starts with a steep ascent but soon evens out before hitting a sheer wall of rock – mercifully broken up by steps built in to the mountain. Although this is usually considered a good route down – you’re more than welcome to challenge yourself and take the hike up.
The Snowdon Horseshoe
A heady combination of several routes up to Snowdon, this is a hefty walk and definitely not for the faint hearted. You’ll need to be using all of your extremities on this lengthy hike and you might even consider taking the train back down once you’ve reached the top. Making the descent will induce vertigo in the hardiest of souls – you have been warned.
The Watkin Path
The Watkin Path is served by it’s own dedicated car park, so you’ll have no problem finding a space for the day – however, if you do choose it as a route to the top, you’ll be facing some difficult condition. If the weather’s against you, then you should avoid it at all cost, there’s steep drops, loose ground and rocks – only for the most experienced of hikers.