How Long Does it Take to Reach the Top of Snowdon?

My timings + more

Published By: Daniel Woodley. Published: 26th April 2024. Filed at: Hiking Routes. Disclosure: I earn commission from purchases made via links.

I’ve been to the summit of Snowdon over thirty times via all six of the main routes and on this page I’ll list my timings and also the typical time it would take an average walker.

I’ll also provide other essential information such as route length, map, best place to park, difficulty level, photos, videos and much more.

I’ll start with the popular Llanberis Path, which is the main tourist route:

Llanberis Path

Length: 9 miles/14½km there and back.

Ascent: 950m.

My Time: It took me 3¾ hours to reach the top and 2½ hours to descend for a total of just over 6 hours there and back.

Average Time: An average hill walker will take between 6 and 8 hours to reach the summit and return to the starting point.

Grade/Difficulty: Rugged mountain walk on very uneven ground. This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or baby strollers but I have seen dog walkers up here, usually in cooler weather. This is widely considered the easiest route up Snowdon but I’ve always found it a slog.

Start/End: Opposite the Victoria Hotel: what3words.com/mailings.transfers.drawn

Hazards: Uneven ground, loose stones here and there. Slippery in winter due to ice and snow on one notorious section.

Parking: The closest car park is opposite the railway station: what3words.com/unloading.lease.rhino but there are many more in the town.

Facilities: Toilet block by the railway station. There are plenty of shops in the town. The summit cafe has a shop and toilets but is closed out of season and during bad/windy weather.

My Rating: Whenever I’ve been on this route, it’s always been busy and for this reason, it’s my least favourite route. While the Llanberis Path is the longest route up Snowdon, it’s also fairly shallow; there’s no scrambling on this path and I’ve always found it easy to follow.

Explore The Route: On this page, you’ll find my in-depth guide to the Llanberis Path.

Map (Expandable)

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My Video

Photos of the Llanberis Path

Snowdon Ranger Path

Length: 8 miles/13km there and back.

Ascent: 935m.

My Time: It took me 3½ hours to reach the top and just over 2 hours to descend for a total of just over 5½ hours there and back.

Average Time: An average hill walker will take between 5½ and 7 hours to reach the summit and return to the starting point via the Ranger Path.

Grade/Difficulty: Rugged hard mountain walk on very uneven ground. This route is the second easiest route up Snowdon and I have seen dog walkers, but the Ranger Path should not be underestimated. There’s no scrambling on this route and only one rocky section that’s easy enough to walk up.

Start/End: Opposite YHA Snowdon Ranger: what3words.com/loud.cork.billiard

Hazards: Uneven ground, loose stones here and there.

Parking: The closest car park is opposite the YHA Snowdon Ranger building: what3words.com/dent.future.cabs

Facilities: Toilet block in the car park (currently portaloos as of April 2024)

My Rating: This is one of the quieter routes up Snowdon and I’ve been up here before in the Autumn and only seen a handful of people on the path. In my opinion, it’s perfect for those who want one of the easiest routes up to Snowdon but wish to avoid the crowds.

Explore The Route: Read my full write-up on the Snowdon Ranger Path.

Map (Expandable)

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My Video

Photos of the Ranger Path

Pyg Track/Miners Track Circular

Length: 7.4 miles/11.9km there and back.

Ascent: 704m.

My time: It took me just over 3 hours there and just over 2 hours back for a total of just over 5 hours.

Average Time: Most will complete this circular route in 5½-6½hours.

Grade/Difficulty: One of the shortest routes up Snowdon but more rugged than the Llanberis or Ranger Paths. Graded as a hard mountain walk.

Start/End: Pen y Pass car park what3words.com/copycat.flattery.spending

Hazards: The zigzags are a known accident spot in winter. Otherwise, the usual mountain hazards are present, loose rocks, and potential falls from height.

Parking: See my parking map.

Facilities: Toilet block and small visitor centre at Pen y Pass car park. The summit cafe has a shop and toilets but is closed out of season and during bad/windy weather.

My Rating: This is an excellent choice for those who want a route a little more rugged than the Llanberis or Rangers Path but still want to go on a popular route. The views down to the lakes make this one of my favourite ways up Snowdon and it’s the shortest path as well. Most walkers I’ve seen go up the Pyg Track and down the Miners but in reverse is also possible.

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Photos of the Pyg & Miners Track

Rhyd Ddu Path

Length: 6.75 miles/11km there and back.

Ascent: 860m.

My Time: I completed this route in just over 3 hours to the summit and then just over 2 hours to descend for roughly 5½ hours in total.

Average Time: The average walker will take 5-7 hours to get to the summit and return.

Grade/Difficulty: This is one of the more rugged walking routes up Snowdon with a single short section where you may need to use your hands briefly to aid yourself up over some rocks.

Start/End: Rhyd Ddu train station.

Main Hazards: Getting lost (esp on descent), loose stones and wind/exposure on the ridge at Bwlch Main.

Parking: Pay and Display car park by the station – what3words.com/quilt.punctuate.slept

Facilities: Toilet block in car park. The summit cafe has a shop and toilets but is closed out of season and during bad/windy weather.

My Rating: This is one of my favourite routes up Snowdon because it’s more rugged than the Llanberis and Ranger paths but not quite as difficult as the Watkin Path, it’s also the quietest main route up Snowdon and has some of the best views. If you want to get away from people but want a longer route with more ruggedness, consider the Rhyd Ddu path.

Explore This Route: Read my guide to the Rhyd Ddu path up Snowdon.

Map (Expandable)

Download file for GPS

My Video

Photos of the Rhyd Ddu Path

Watkin Path

Length: 8 miles/13km there and back.

Ascent: 1015m.

My Time: It took me 3½ hours to get up to the summit and just over 2½ hours down for a total of around 6 hours.

Average Time: 5½-7hr there and back.

Grade/Difficulty: Hard mountain walk. The Watkin Path is one of the harder routes up Snowdon and has the most height gain as the car park is near sea level. I have seen several people turn around at the scree section as it’s very loose underfoot and difficult to navigate in low clouds.

Start/End: Pont Bethania Car Park – What3Words: https://what3words.com/vocab.proudest.self or LL55 4NR (within 100m)

Hazards: Steep upper section over loose scree. Getting lost on the upper section during fog.

Parking: Pay and Display car park at what3words.com/vocab.proudest.self. The layby near the cafe is free, but don’t park directly opposite the cafe or houses as this is parking for residents.

Facilities: Toilet block in car park. The summit cafe has a shop and toilets but is closed out of season and during bad/windy weather.

Camping: The nearest campsite is Hafod y Llan. Also; Llyn Gwnant is within walking distance.

My Rating: This is my favourite route up Snowdon; it’s long, has lots of height gain, the pools and stream are stunning, there are several ruins along the way and the upper section is steep with some loose scree and a tiny bit of scrambling.

Explore More of this Route: Read my complete guide to the Watkin Path here.

Map (Expandable)

Download file for GPS

My Video

Photos of the Watkin Path

South Ridge

Note: This route is sandwiched between the Rhyd Ddu Path and the Watkin Path, and can be reached via either. This description assumes a start on the Watkin Path.

Length: 8 miles/13km there and back.

My Time: It took me 3½ hours to get up to the summit and just over 2½ hours down for a total of around 6 hours.

Average Time: 5½-7hr there and back.

Grade/Difficulty: Hard mountain walk.

Start/End: Pont Bethania Car Park – What3Words: https://what3words.com/vocab.proudest.self or LL55 4NR (within 100m)

Main Hazards: Navigation could be an issue in fog as this is a quiet route. It joins the Rhyd Ddu Path and there is an exposed ridge at Bwlch Main.

Parking: Pay and Display car park at what3words.com/vocab.proudest.self. The layby near the cafe is free, but don’t park directly opposite the cafe or houses as this is parking for residents.

Facilities: Toilet block in car park. The summit cafe has a shop and toilets but is closed out of season and during bad/windy weather.

Camping: The nearest campsite is Hafod y Llan. Also; Llyn Gwnant is within walking distance.

My Rating: I usually take this route in descent back to the Watkin Path as it avoids the loose scree section on the upper reaches of the Watkin Path. Overall, I prefer the Watkin Path but the South Ridge makes for an excellent descent and circular route.

Map (click to expand)

Download file for GPS

My Video

You can see me descending the South Ridge near the end of my Watkin Path video:

Photos

How Long it Takes to Reach The Summit of Snowdon Depends…

Everybody moves at different speeds and some folks require more rest than others.

Also, some walkers are slow going uphill but feel confident to pick up speed going downhill.

Some need to go really slow on exposed ridges due to a fear of heights and others just like to take their time to enjoy the views.

If you’re unsure of how fast you will move, I suggest setting off no later than 8 hours before sunset, this should give you ample time to descend before it gets too dark – don’t forget there is still some light for 45 minutes after sunset.

A Warning

The times on this page are estimates and assume you are going up in good weather and are of average fitness.

In snow and icy conditions, many of the routes up Snowdon become treacherous and will take significantly longer.

I have excluded scrambling routes from this list but if you want to know more about scrambling up Snowdon, explore my guides here:

The Snowdon Horseshoe

Crib Goch

Y Gribin on Snowdon

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About Daniel Woodley

This guide to how long it takes to walk up Snowdon was created by Daniel Woodley, aka The Bald Scrambler.

From walking along beaches and kayaking down rivers to making his way up mountains and even jumping out of planes, Daniel has a love of the outdoors, but scrambling is his real passion.

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Daniel Woodley

Daniel Woodley aka The Bald Scrambler

Have fun, keep safe. Hopefully I’ll see you on the mountains one day

By The Bald Scrambler

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