You can catch the train up to Clogwyn Station and walk to the summit from there and cut out the majority of the hard climb.
The main drawback is that you still need to work out how to get back down as you can’t just catch a train from the summit.
|Height Gained 300m||Distance 2km||Time 0 hrs 54 min||Download GPX|
Difficulties Avoiding other walkers.
Start / End Clogwyn Station – Snowdon Summit
Facilities Most facilities in Llanberis.
Public Transport Sherpa Buses plentiful.
The Route Up.
1 – Catch the train in Llanberis to Clogwyn Station. Enjoy the view and relax! When you finally disembark at Clogwyn Station it’s quickly apparent that you’ve climbed a fair way and the Pass of Llanberis looks far below. The mountain directly opposite is Glyder Fawr. You need to walk to the Llanberis Path that’s found shortly by keeping to the left of the railway track (don’t follow the track though!!) You know you’re at the path as there’s a brick bridge for the railway to cross the path.
2— The Killer Convex.The path continues to pull up a little less steeply, but steeply nevertheless for a short while before finally relenting. The path here is wide and easy, but if you take a look at the slope on either side you realise how steep the slope would otherwise be. This is the black spot in winter known as the Killer Convex that lives up to its name in the winter.
3 —Bwlch Glas Standing Stone. This is the home stretch! Less than a 100m of climbing and only half a Kilometer of walking to the summit! You won’t rush as the view down past the PYG track and Crib Goch has now opened up on one side, and towards Rhyd Ddu on the other. If you’re lucky, the views only get better from now on!
4—To Snowdon Summit. From the Bwlch Glas Standing stone, the path continues along the wide ridge shared by the railway. It is a little eroded in places due to the sheer number of feet that walk this section every year. The summit building, Hafod Eryri, soon comes into view and you know it’s not long now! The path turns to wide, smooth steps as you reach the building and the summit is just a few dozen steps away.