Moel Hebog and its outlying ridge give a splendid day out with interesting variations in terrain and some fantastic views all around.
The traditional route starts gently in Beddgelert but soon steepens as it winds up the hill side. Higher up it steepens even more and turns rocky. There is some basic scrambling on this section but it is never too difficult. At the far end of the summit plateau you will find the trig point and a stunning vista of the Porthmadog coastal plain.
A steep grassy drop off leads down by the wall to Bwlch Meillionen where the path sneaks through a curious rock ravine to arrive at a small pool. A brief rocky section takes you up to the top of Moel Ogof and then a similar rocky crown guards the top of Moel Lefn.
A steep path snakes down the northern end of the ridge to reach Bwlch Cwm Trwsgl – the route then hangs a right into Beddgelert forest. There is potential to get lost here but those with a sharp eye will spot the direct path through the forest. Once back on the main road, all that remains is a stomp back into Beddgelert.
This is mountain terrain so always Prepare Well and Know Your Limits. During the winter season, typically from late October to April, there is a high probability that snow and ice will be encountered under foot. In these conditions ice axe and crampons are essential. Click the Safety & Access button below for more info.
Moel Hebog is normally approached from Beddgelert; there is large public car park here.
Safety & Access
Enjoy the Mountains Safely. Here are a few words of advice from Snowdonia’s Mountain Safe Partnership.
1. Prepare Well
have the right equipment with you for the best and worst-case scenario! You’ll need a map and compass, torch, food and drink, whistle, first aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone.
2. Have the latest weather and ground information.
Check the Met Office Mountain Weather forecast for Snowdonia before you set out and be prepared to turn back if the weather worsens – the mountains will still be here for you to enjoy the next time you visit.
3. Dress appropriately
the weather and temperature can change dramatically between the foot of the mountain and the summit. You’ll need strong walking boots, several layers of clothing including warm ones, gloves, a hat and waterproof jacket and trousers.
4. Know where you're going
Plan your route before setting off and ask for local advice. Have a map and compass and know how to use them and choose a route which is suitable for you and your group’s experience and fitness level. Find out how long it should take and when it gets dark.
5. Know your limits
whilst being very enjoyable, getting out into the mountains can be hard work – challenge yourself but be aware of the fitness levels, and experience of the group as a whole – not just your own.
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Hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.