Tryfan via the North Ridge

The ascent of Tryfan via the north ridge is a fine grade 1 scramble, but is not to be underestimated.  I personally struggled in a few places on the route, as I don’t have a great head for heights, and found getting grip on the rocks tricky; I was happy when the descent from the summit was complete.  Many people rank this is one of the best scrambles around though, so if you have a head for heights and more confidence in scrambling than I do, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

As always, this route should be used as a guide only – there are many possible routes through the rocks and gullies, but this will give you an idea.  You could also start and end the walk in any of the different car parks along the A5 in the Ogwen Valley.

Distance: 4.00 miles
Time: 4.50 hours
Ascent: 690 m
Grade: Hard *
Activity: Walking
OS Map: OL17

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Tryfan Elevation
Tryfan Elevation


*Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended only as a guide to the route. You should always take the relevant map and a compass with you and check weather conditions before setting out. The grading of routes is from my experience of them and may differ to your expectations.


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