The Miners’ Track
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.
Start and Finish: Pen y Pass - Snowdon Summit
Distance: 6.54 km
Ascent: 766 m
Time: 3 hours
Timings are approximate and depend on the individual. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Before You Walk up Snowdon, ask yourself – Are 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.
Good cafe and YHA with bar, public toilets at Pen y Pass.
herpa Buses from Llanberis and Betws y Coed
Zig Zags are an accident blackspot when iced and navigation from the PYG/Miners junction to the zig zags can be tricky in mist.
Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Keeping Safe on the Wales Coast Path, Navigation and the Gear and Equipment you’ll need.
The Miners’ Track
The Miners’ 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 from Pen-y-Pass is up via the PYG track and down via the Miner’s Track, or vice versa of course.
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.
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.
This photo from Craig Bychan shows the causeway clearly.
4 – Finally you reach the lake at Glaslyn, which is a good spot for a breather and take in the views.
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.
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.
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.
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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Recommended Walking Guides: A Pocket Guide to Snowdon: A Guide to the Routes of Ascent, The Ascent of Snowdon: The Six Classic Routes Up Snowdon, Snowdon – The Story of a Welsh Mountain: Biography of a Mountain
Walking Books – Snowdonia Ridges of Snowdonia: The Best Ridge Walking, Mountain Walks: The Finest Mountain Walks in Snowdonia, Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia , Day Walks in Snowdonia, Mountain Walking in Snowdonia
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