The PYG track is both the shortest way up Snowdon, and the one that involves the least amount of ascent. Despite this, it’s not the easiest path up as it can be steep and rocky in places but the paths are generally very good all the way and reasonably straightforward to follow. It is 5.5km in length and involves around 800m of ascent. If you’re reasonably fit, you should make it up in three hours. Remember to allow time for breaks and stopping to take in the sights, of which there are plenty.
The views of Snowdon are among the best of any route up. The PYG is also one of the busiest routes up, so consider setting off very early morning or mid-afternoon to avoid the crowds. If you do set off later in the day, make sure you’ve got enough hours of daylight left to descend safely. In winter conditions, the upper section of the path becomes very treacherous and in common with all the other routes up, should not be attempted in snow unless you’re properly equipped and experienced.Download the GPX File for your GPS device here
Distance, Ascent and Time 5KM, 730m, 2.5 hrs
Difficulties Zig Zags are an accident blackspot when iced.
Start / End Pen y Pass – Snowdon Summit
Facilities Cafe and Toilets
Public Transport Sherpa buses plentiful. Parking extortionate – £10 a day