The north ridge of Tryfan is one of the finest scrambles in Snowdonia. Once started, interest is maintained along the crest of this splendid mountain. The route is only grade 1 but should not be underestimated. There are plenty of options to vary the route; indeed each ascent is likely to following a different line, such is the network of possibilities. As you might expect on a scramble as popular as this, the rock is heavily polished.
Keep an eye out for the Cannon – a jutting finger of rock which affords an obvious photo opportunity. The famous Adam and Eve blocks on the summit are another much-photographed feature.
The East face of Tryfan features a number of other worthwhile scrambles, although most are much harder than the north ridge. There are also some excellent grade 2 and 3 scrambles on Milestone Buttress and up the west face of Tryfan.
This is mountain terrain so always Prepare Well and Know Your Limits. All scrambles are more difficult and potentially more dangerous if tackled in the wet. During the winter season (i.e. typically from late October to April) there is a chance that snow and ice will be encountered under foot. In these conditions the routes will be significantly more difficult mountaineering challenges requiring winter climbing techniques and equipment. Click the Safety & Access button below for more info.
The normal approach is from the lay-by beneath Milestone Buttress in the Ogwen Valley. A rocky path leads up left from the crag to a shoulder and the start of the ridge proper.
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.
The publisher of this website accepts no responsibility for the way in which readers use the information contained therein. The descriptions and recommendations are for guidance only and must be subject to discriminating judgement by the reader. Advice and training should be sought before utilising any equipment or techniques mentioned within the text or shown in any of the photographic images. Scrambling is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in this activity should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.