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Tryfan North Ridge Summit

Tryfan North Ridge is one of the finest scrambling routes in Wales, and when combined with Bristly Ridge offers a fantastic day out.

Officially a Grade 1, but moves can be taken to suit any Grade along the route, keeping everyone entertained!

Parking: Tryfan Car Park (Google Maps)

Route Map

The route moves South East from the car park until the ridge can be gained properly. It then offers entertaining scrambling of any grade up and over the summit of Tryfan. The descent route on the map is fairly straight forward, taking the path to Llyn Bochlwyd, then keeping right at the fork. An optional extension of Bristly Ridge can be included to add extra scrambling, gained via Sinister Gully.

Approach

From the car park at the edge of the A5, your view of Tryfan will be dominated by the Milestone Buttress. The route follows the stone wall on the left hand side up to the base of the buttress, and then trends left up the boulder field for roughly 100m, where you can then turn right and begin scrambling.

Approach to tryfan north ridge
Approach to Tryfan North Ridge via the left side of the buttress. Milestone Buttress (Grade 3) and Gully (Grade 1) are alternative approaches.

The Scramble

You can really take any route you like as you go up the ridge, just be wary not to stray too far left or right as you can end up in steeper gullys.

The key sections of the route are the Cannon Stone (SH665598) which marks the start of the ridge proper and a classic photo opportunity, the Notch which is a slight down climb into a gap, the North Tower which can be taken head on for a higher grade of scramble, and the stone jump between Adam and Eve.

Cannon stone on Tryfan North Ridge
The compulsory Cannon stone photo.
Direct route behind Cannon Stone
This is the direct scramble behind the Cannon Stone which is an optional Grade 2 addition.
Cannon Stone direct scramble
Direct view of the scramble behind the Cannon stone.
steep section of North Ridge
The steepening route up the North Ridge.
North Tower on Tryfan
This is the North Tower. The official route is up a gully to the right, but a Grade 2 alternative can be taken more centrally, involving an awkward ride between a narrow gap that feels exposed.

North Tower up close
The start of the central route on the North Tower.
View of Adam and Eve
The Adam and Eve stones in the distance on the North Ridge.

Jumping the Adam and Eve Stones to gain the "Freedom of Tryfan"

Descending from the South Ridge
Descending from the South Ridge summit, with Glyder Fach and Bristly Ridge up ahead.

Optional Continuation – Bristly Ridge

This grade 1 scramble naturally follows on from the North Ridge route, and provides a fantastic route to the top of Glyder Fach.

Read our full route guide of the Bristly Ridge scramble here.

Descent

Descent can be made via Bwlch Tryfan, following the path down to Llyn Bochlywd, then follow the boggy line down towards the car park, which turns into a more defined route about half way down.

Recommended Guidebook & Map

The best guidebook for this route is the excellent Scrambles in Snowdonia Cicerone book by Steve Ashton, available on Amazon in paperback or ebook here.

The best map for this scrambling route is the OL17 Ordnance Survey Map – Snowdon / YR WYDDFA, which is available on Amazon here.

Recommended Scrambling Guide: (coming soon)

Recommended Accommodation

You can find accommodation for any budget in the area on Booking.com here.

Route Info

Distance3.88 km
Elevation554m +/-
Duration3 - 4 hours
Grade1***
TransportCar - Tryfan Car Park

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Route Contributed by: Matt Jackson

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