Crib Goch Hike

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970 m
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The Crib Goch hike in Snowdonia National Park is a thrilling climb across jagged spires and razor-thin ridges to the peak of Snowden. This climb may not be for the faint of heart, but it’s a rewarding challenge for those looking to sharpen their scrambling skills and enjoy expansive views over the green-laden mountains below. This route can also be done as a loop to enjoy the serene lakeshores below the adrenaline-pumping summit.

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Route Description for Crib Goch Hike

Snowdonia’s ultimate scrambling summit shouldn’t be underestimated, as this hike involves serious exposure. While it’s a Class 1 scramble (meaning not technically demanding), it’s very steep and requires careful footing in places. We don’t recommend attempting to climb Crib Goch in inclement weather. Some careful route finding might be required as you begin your climb.

The hike to Crib Goch is truly exhilarating and an excellent way to sharpen your scrambling skills while enjoying superb views! The hike begins by splitting off from Pyg Track. You’ll follow a well-travelled path that leads directly to the base of the mountain. You’ll start by making your way up blocky slabs, the line bottlenecking as you approach the ridge. The exposure at this point isn’t yet intense, but pay attention to your route-finding and make sure you look well ahead at where you intend to go.

Once you crest the ridge, the route will be much clearer but the exposure becomes considerable. Watch your footing as you traverse the ridge. You can either stay right on top or drop off slightly to the left and use the crest of the ridge for stability. You’ll find some wider, flat spots to take a breather if needed. Enjoy sweeping views over the lakes and mountains below, including Llyn Llydaw, Glaslyn, and Moel Cynghorion. Look behind you to spot Glyder Fawr.

Walk 200 m across the top of the ridge and then begin your departure. From here, the summit of Snowdon is not far ahead and you can take the obvious route that lollipops over the summit and down past Lyn Lyldaw if you’d like to challenge it. If not, turn back and return the way you came.

Frequently Asked Questions

How dangerous is Crib Goch?

While not highly technical, Crib Goch is a highly exposed trail, meaning that falling off the path could have severe consequences. Hikers have been injured and even killed in the area, so we don’t suggest trying this route unless you are adequately experienced. To mitigate as much risk as possible, it’s best to hike with poles and only attempt the trail in dry conditions.

How long is the ridge on Crib Goch?

The actual ridge walk portion of the Crib Goch hike is only 200m long, but it’s very exposed for the duration of this portion.

How fit do you need to be to walk up Snowdon?

There are several different trails that you can take up Snowdon. The easiest of them requires only basic fitness, but routes like Crib Goch should only be attempted by more experienced hikers.

Insider Hints for Crib Goch Hike

  • There’s a cafe on top of Snowdon called Hafod Eryri, so grab a cup of tea while you’re up there!
  • If you prefer a cafe on the ground, stop by Pen-y-Pass after your hike
  • You can hike Crib Goch as an out-and-back, but we recommend continuing across to Snowdon and descending past Llyn Llydaw for an exceptional roundtrip
  • From out of town? The nearby Snowdonian Mountain Cottage is a great place to rest your head
  • If you’d like to camp nearby, try Cae Gwyn Campsite just north of the trail
  • Anything else you think is nearby and worth a visit from a visitor

Getting to the Crib Goch Hike Trailhead

To get to Crib Goch from the north (Llanberis), take A406 southwards for km and park near the trailhead. The route begins immediately here. From the south (Pen-y-Pass), follow A4086 northwards for km. You can also park at Pen-y-Pass and walk to the trailhead.

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