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Distance

9.77 mi

Elevation gain

4,285 ft

Technical difficulty

Difficult

Elevation loss

4,285 ft

Max elevation

3,559 ft

Trailrank

65

Min elevation

876 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

8 hours 36 minutes

Coordinates

2811

Uploaded

August 30, 2016

Recorded

August 2016

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3,559 ft
876 ft
9.77 mi

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near Nant Gwynant, Wales (United Kingdom)

If you enjoy scrambling, have no fear of heights and the weather is fine (and if you are not looking for lonely mountains), the Snowdon Horseshoe is the perfect route.

At the information centre at Pen y Pass they will tell you that the Snowdon Horseshoe is a difficult and dangerous trail. I would say it strongly depends on the weather conditions. The route may become a completely different story in bad weather conditions (rain, wind or low visibility), or in winter. Anyway, on that day, a bank holiday with perfect weather, there were dozens of people doing the Horseshoe, even some kids with their parents. Having other climbers ahead of you, specially when it´s your first time there, can be seen as an advantage.

At the Snowdon summit you may be tempted to go down the fastest possible way, following the Pyg or Miners tracks, but you will never regret to do the complete Snowdon Horseshoe. Its second half is quite easier than the first one, with only one peak to climb, Y Lliwedd, and then all the way will be downhill until Pen y Pass. From this last part of the trail you will have stunning views of the whole Horseshoe you are about to complete.

From the point where we left the car, 300 m South of Pen y Gwryd hotel (the small car park at Pen y Pass was full):
15.7 km - 1350 m of ascent - total time 8:35

From and to Pen y Pass:
12.5 km - 1200 m of ascent - total time 7:20

You clearly save time and effort starting at Pen y Pass.

You will find a very precise and detailed description of the whole Snowdon Horseshoe route on the website: http://www.trekkingbritain.com
Mountain pass

Bwlch Coch (pass) 858 m

  • Photo of Bwlch Coch (pass) 858 m
Mountain pass

Bwlch Glas (pass) 998 m

  • Photo of Bwlch Glas (pass) 998 m
  • Photo of Bwlch Glas (pass) 998 m
  • Photo of Bwlch Glas (pass) 998 m
Intersection

Bwlch y Moch (turn right) 569 m

  • Photo of Bwlch y Moch (turn right) 569 m
  • Photo of Bwlch y Moch (turn right) 569 m
  • Photo of Bwlch y Moch (turn right) 569 m
Summit

Crib Goch East 921 m

  • Photo of Crib Goch East 921 m
  • Photo of Crib Goch East 921 m
  • Photo of Crib Goch East 921 m
Summit

Crib Goch West 923 m

Summit

Garnedd Ugain 1065 m

  • Photo of Garnedd Ugain 1065 m
  • Photo of Garnedd Ugain 1065 m
Intersection

Miners' Track 440 m

  • Photo of Miners' Track 440 m
  • Photo of Miners' Track 440 m
Intersection

Pass - Quit Watkin Path 744 m

  • Photo of Pass - Quit Watkin Path 744 m
Waypoint

Path to Pen-y-Pass 260 m

  • Photo of Path to Pen-y-Pass 260 m
  • Photo of Path to Pen-y-Pass 260 m
Waypoint

Pen-y-Pass 359 m

  • Photo of Pen-y-Pass 359 m
  • Photo of Pen-y-Pass 359 m
  • Photo of Pen-y-Pass 359 m
  • Photo of Pen-y-Pass 359 m
Waypoint

Pyg Track

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  • Photo of Pyg Track
Summit

Snowdon 1085 m

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  • Photo of Snowdon 1085 m
Intersection

Watkin Path

  • Photo of Watkin Path
Summit

Y Lliwedd East 893 m

  • Photo of Y Lliwedd East 893 m
Summit

Y Lliwedd West 898 m

  • Photo of Y Lliwedd West 898 m

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