Tryfan & the Eastern Tops from the Ogwen Valley
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Walk Route Description
Tryfan is one of the most recognisable summits in Snowdonia. At first sight it is an intimidating mountain having the classic pointed shape, rugged crags and a perfect position. Although a comparatively short walk of around 6 miles, around 2500 feet of ascent are undertaken, much of it over strenuous territory. However, it is a walk most able bodied people can undertake although it must be stressed that Tryfan is not a mountain to be treated lightly. In bad weather - snow and ice or high winds - it can be a dangerous place to be. This walk shares the first section of route with Walk 1215.
To start this Snowdonia walk, you can park your car at the farm for a small charge or alongside the A5. The objective is obvious and it is an easy walk up to the right of Tryfan Bach to reach the start of the steep crags that form Tryfan. I chose the "Heather Terrace" path, which is marked on the OS 1:25000 map. The path can be clearly seen on the approach and its position should be noted. This route provides a moderate way to the summit. Picking up its start is difficult but once on it the way ahead is obvious. Quite quickly you reach the col between the Main and South peaks of Tryfan and from here it is a scramble over large rocks to the summit. Apart from one awkward section it is a straight forward scramble. The summit is a wonderful viewpoint and far below you can see the A5 threading its way alongside Llyn Ogwen. To continue return to the col. Instead of dropping down to the "Heather Terrace" clamber up and over the South Peak to Bwlch Tryfan.
From here take the "Miners Path" - this heads south and descends slightly before climbing steadily onto the ridge between Glyder Fach and Y Foel Goch, which is our next objective. Some of the best views of Tryfan are to be had on this section especially near the small tarn "Llyn Caseg-fraith". Continue easily to the summit of Y Foel Goch.
The last summit of this fine horseshoe is Gallt yr Ogof (not marked as such on OS maps). This is pleasant country and very reminiscent of the area around Glaramara in the Lake District. Now comes the tricky bit! After having visited the last summit, the next objective is Gwern Gof Isaf farm - not to be confused with the farm where you parked your car! This is reached by trial and error following the ridge (with some sections of mild scrambling) down to a stile in the fence at grid ref. SH690594. Then head northwest across rough hillside to reach the main path (Telford's old road) near Gwern Gof Isaf. Turn left along the path to return to the start.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1150 The High Carneddau from the Ogwen Valley - hard - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 1215 Tryfan & Llyn Ogwen from the Ogwen Valley - mod/hard - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 3001 Tryfan by the North Ridge from Ogwen Valley - hard - 3.5 miles/5.7 km
Walk 2820 Carneddau traverse from Llyn Ogwen to Bont Newydd - mod/hard - 14.0 miles/22.8 km
Walk 1232 Carnedd Llewelyn, Llyn Eigiau & Llyn Cowlyd - hard - 16.0 miles/26 km
Walk 2855 Gallt yr Ogof & Braich y Ddeugwm - moderate - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 3056 Pen yr Helgi Du from the Ogwen Valley - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 2650 Tryfan, the Glyderau and Y Garn - very hard - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 1088 The Traverse of the Glyder Ridge from Ogwen - hard - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 1186 Y Garn from Ogwen Cottage (Route A) - mod/hard - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The Cambrian Way
Guidebook to the Cambrian Way, a challenging three-week mountain trek through Wales from Cardiff to Conwy. The 470km un-waymarked route is presented from south to north. Often sticking to long, beautiful ridgelines, it crosses wild and rugged terrain and visits many of Wales's highest mountains, including Snowdon.
Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia
Inspirational guidebook to 40 great mountain day walks and scrambles in Snowdonia. Inspirational routes for all abilities across the National Park with routes up Snowdon and Moel Eilio, the Glyderau, the Carneddau, Eifionydd, Siabod and the Moelwynion, Rhinogydd (the Harlech Dome), Migneint and the Arans and Cadair Idris and the Tarrens.
The End to End Trail