Distance: 5.5 miles (8km)
Start/finish: Ogwen car park, Llyn Ogwen, S of Bethesda, LL57 3LZ
Terrain: Mountain track, trail
Toughness: Challenging
Ascent: 731 metres
Navigation: Moderate to challenging
Good for: Ascents, views, really wild
Lat Long / Grid Ref of Start: 53.1233, -4.0200 / SH6492460369

This run is a spectacular and exhilarating tour of the highest summits of the Glyder range, as well as the iconic landmarks of the Devil’s Kitchen and the Idwal Slabs. Leave Ogwen Cottage SE on the main track for 400 metres before branching off, continuing SE, climbing to the shores of Lake Bochlwyd. Ascend to Bwlch Tryfan, passing to the S of Bristly Ridge and ascend to the rocky moonscape of the summit plateau of Glyder Fach (994 metres) and Glyder Fawr (1001 metres) with its wonderful views on a clear day. Descend a technical path NW to Llyn y Cŵn and the Devil’s Kitchen, finally passing Llyn Idwal (on your L) and beneath the Idwal slabs before returning to start. Including the summit of Tryfan will extend the run by 2 miles.

Miles Km Directions
0.0 0.0 From Ogwen Cottage head south east on footpath, climbing steeply and passing to the east of Llyn Bochlwyd. Continue to ascend south east to Bwlch Tryfan, the col between the main summits of Trfan and Glyder Fach
1.4 2.2 Turn right and climb steeply south
4.2 6.7 At path junction continue south to summit
4.5 7.3 Snowdon summit (café and visitor centre). Return by outward route
4.9 7.9 At path junction take care to continue north along Llanberis Path (signed) to descend back to Llanberis

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