Walk up Snowdon via the Miners’ Track

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Post Code for Sat Nav: LL55 4NY

Parking: 

LIMITED! £10 a day, £6 for 4 hours. Very early arrival advised. Park in Nant Peris for the Park and Ride.

Public Transport:

herpa Buses from Llanberis and Betws y Coed

Weather Forecast:  Met Office Snowdonia Mountain Weather

Route Summary:

The Miners’ Track is one of the most popular walks to the summit of Snowdon and involves a straightforward start, followed by a trickier and steeper finish.

Distance: 6.5 km

Ascent: 766 m

Time: 3 hours

Start and Finish: Pen y Pass

Facilities:

Good cafe and YHA with bar, public toilets at Pen y Pass.

Hazards:

Zig Zags are an accident blackspot when iced and navigation from the PYG/Miners junction to the zig zags can be tricky in mist.

Snowdon and Snowdonia Guidebooks:

Before You Walk up Snowdon, ask yourselfAre you equipped? Do you know what you’re doing? Are the conditions safe? If you answer no to any of these, stay safe, don’t go! Check the weather forecast and make sure you know about walking up Snowdon in the Snow. If you lack experience – hire a Snowdon Mountain Guide.

Walk up Snowdon via the Miners’ Track Details

The Miner’s Track up Snowdon is regarded as one of the easier walks up Snowdon, though it can still be difficult in parts, especially once it joins the PYG track. One of the most popular choices for a day out climbing Snowdon is up via the PYG track and down via the Miner’s Track, or vice versa of course.

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The Miners’ Track up Snowdon Route Description

1 – The Miners’ Track route starts from Pen y Pass, and is clearly marked at the corner on the opposite corner to the Cafe. It’s essentially an un-surfaced road for the first few kilometres and the gradient is nice and steady.

The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

2 – It continues, high above Llyn Teyrn before the vista towards Yr Wyddfa slowly emerges.

3 – The Miners’ Track turns right, across a causeway and along the far side of the lake, steepening as it reaches the far end and climbing up into the next hanging valley.

The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

This photo from Craig Bychan shows the causeway clearly.

The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

4 – Finally you reach the lake at Glaslyn, which is a good spot for a breather and take in the views.

The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

5  Follow the steps uphill to your right. They can be easy to lose in places, but with care you’ll find yourself at the fingerpost that marks the PYG track.

6 The Miners’ Track path is now actually quite tricky to follow, and can be easy to lose in mist. It’s also a lot rougher, requiring the use of hands in places.

The Miner’s Track up Snowdon after joining with the PYG

7 You continue up into the head of the cwm, with the mountains apparently closing in around you. This can be especially so when the summits are in cloud and does remind you of Mordor. However, as you reach the headwall the path joins the clear zig-zags to Bwlch Glas.

The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

8 Bwlch Glas is a relief, after being closed in on the latter parts of the Pyg/Miners’ track, and further relief is that the summit is an easy 20 minute walk to your left. Keep an eye out here for the new stone markers that you’ll need to follow back down. You join with the Llanberis Path, Snowdon Ranger Path and the Snowdon Mountain Railway for the final push to the summit, and this section is usually busy.

The Miner’s Track up Snowdon The Miner’s Track up Snowdon

And on to The Summit

In Decent –Ensure you turn down the proper path at Bwlch Glas – use the stone markers! Also, take care not to leave the path early as you can end up in the middle of disused mine workings. The junction between the Miners’ track and PYG is clearly marked with a standing stone. If in doubt, continue on the PYG as it also takes you back to Pen y Pass.

 

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6 Comments
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  5. Author
    Dave Roberts 2 years ago

    Great views, steady start.

  6. Yr Efail Swynol 1 year ago

    Got to be my favourite route up Snowdon, the views are stunning and great with the gentle start which helps stretching out the legs on the way down

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