This is only a short scramble but a pleasant outing, especially when combined with reversing Lliwedd Traverse to Snowdon (p.90) which makes it one of the better grade 1 routes in North Wales. The initial ridge is hard. You can also continue up Snowdon on The Watkin Path.
Getting to the start - From Pen y Pass carpark, walk due south to join the start of The Miner's Track. Follow this round the hillside past Llyn Teyrn and onto Llyn Llydaw. Cross the causeway and follow The Miner's Track past a ruined building ('The Crusher'). From here the track gets rougher and starts to head up to Glaslyn, named after its blue-green colour caused by copper deposits in the rock. At the outlet to the llyn, make your way across the stream to the base of a rock ridge. Turn left and pick your way up to the ridge overlooking Llyn Llydaw. Traverse this for 200m to below where the ridge starts to steepen up.
1) The initial slab is long but very easy, although care is needed at the top and it is not advisable in the wet.
2) Above the slab, make a series of zig-zags to find the easiest line to another long steep section with a prominent black groove up its centre. A variety of options are available, the easiest being up a groove to the left of the black groove and then stepping over the top of the black groove to easier terrain.
3) More stepped sections lead up to where the difficulties come to an abrupt end. In poor visibility it is easy to lose your way but the Watkin Path is only 300m away.
Descent - This route is only recommended as a descent for experienced scramblers and then only in the dry. Most people turn left at the Watkin Path and reverse the Lliwedd Traverse to Snowdon. It is also possible to head right and along the Watkin Path to the summit of Snowdon and then down either The PYG Track or The Miner's Track. © Rockfax
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