There are a number of different routes leading to Snowdon’s summit. The most popular routes for the 3 peaks challenge are the pyg track and the miners’ track. Both of these routes start at Pen-y-Pass car park:
It is common to combine the 2 tracks, ie. ascend via the pyg track and descend via the miners’ track. The pyg track is a steady, rocky, climb from the start following the lower slopes of crib goch until it meets the miners’ track at approximately the half way point. The miners’ track guides you in very gently with a flat walk around the first lake, Llyn Teyrn, followed by a gentle climb to the 2nd and 3rd lakes, Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn. The route then becomes very steep, involving some scrambling in places, as it climbs and meets up with the pyg track, marked by a large stone pillar.
The two routes then share the same path to the summit. This is mainly a man made path and a steady climb to meet up with the Llanberis path and the Snowdon Mountain Railway. A final push up to the summit will reward you with spectacular views (on a clear day) and a large licensed cafe.
Book a Mountain Leader
If you’ve never climbed Snowdon before, or you think you’ll need guidance, then we can help to arrange a qualified UK Mountain Leader for you. A Mountain Leader will offer great advice, keep you safe, assist with navigation and help you to succeed in climbing Snowdon whether it be for the national three peaks challenge or for any other recreational purpose. See our bookings page to make an enquiry.
Maps and Route Guides
Routes & GPS
To see example routes using Google Maps / Google Earth and also MapMyWalk – together with GPS information – click here.