Tryfan's North Ridge and over the Glyders to Y Garn

There is plenty of parking along the A5 between Tryfan, and the car park at the Café/Toilet area at the western end of Llyn Ogwen. It is probably better to park closer to the café area than walk along the road to the start. This avoids the road walk after the descent from Y Garn. Bus services run along the A5 between Bangor and Betws-y-coed.
(photo:  Tryfan, with the start of the route, a rock gully, on the left)
Tryfan, with the start of the route, a rock gully, on the left
Pass through the gate at the parking lay-by just below Milestone Buttress, then follow the constructed stone path up alongside the wall for a short distance to below Milestone Buttress. Here the route turns left and ascends up a steep rocky section. (There are a variety of scrambling routes that can be taken on the way up off to the right.)
(photo:  Looking back to Llyn Ogwen from the north ridge)
Looking back to Llyn Ogwen from the north ridge
Continue over the rocks until the ground levels, then take a right up the chute leading onto the broad ridge. (Continuing straight on here leads round to the Heather Terrace.) Again, there are a variety of routes to choose from, some involve more scrambling than others. However, continue up without deviating east/west until the first level area is reached.  Here on the western side is the protruding rock know as The Cannon ..... a popular place to be photographed!
(photo:  'The Cannon' on Tryfan's north ridge)
'The Cannon' on Tryfan's north ridge
The ridge starts to narrow as height is gained and the next level area is reached. There are two options now. Either a scramble straight up, though careful route selection is needed, or a path to follow to the left which leads out onto the eastern side of Tryfan, then along to a gully below the North Peak area. The aim is a small platform area below the North Peak.
(photo:  Tryfan's North Peak)
Tryfan's North Peak
From this area, a scramble leads up to the North Peak. This scramble can be avoided, however, by going right and following a rocky path around the peak. From here, it is a small drop down, then a gentle scramble to the main Central Peak ..... and the Adam and Eve rocks, one of which is the true top of Tryfan (not sure which!). (Entertainment by walkers is generally provided as they jump from one to the other.)
(photo:  The final section to the top of Tryfan)
The final section to the top
(photo:  Jumping across Adam & Eve .....)  Jumping across Adam & Eve .....
Descend over the Far South Peak to Bwch y Tryfan, cross over the wall stile, then follow the steep scree path to the left of Bristly Ridge to reach Glyder Fach.
(photo:  Bristly Ridge, with the scree path to the left)
Bristly Ridge, with the scree path to the left
 The Cantilever stone can be found to the left, and if a clear day, there are excellent views over to Snowdon and surrounding peaks. Continue on the rocky path to Castell y Gwynt.
(photo:  The route ahead to Glyder Fawr)
The route ahead to Glyder Fawr
 A path skirts around to the left of Castell y Gwynt, or a route can be taken over the rocks. Both lead to the same path that goes up to Glyder Fawr. Follow the path up the hill, passing through an area with rocks jutting up like fingers out of the ground, to reach the summit of Glyder Fawr. (The route can be shorten before Glyder Fawr by descending Y Cribbin, however it is initially a narrow short ridge and a scramble down.)
(photo:  The rocks of Castell y Gwynt with Glyder Fawr beyond)
The rocks of Castell y Gwynt with Glyder Fawr beyond
From Glyder Fawr, continue down a steep zigzagging path to reach Llyn y Cwm. (There now is a second option to shorten the walk by taking the path adjacent to Twill y Du (The Devil’s Kitchen) which descends to Llyn Idwal) From Llyn y Cwm, follow the path west over the broad ridge as it climbs to the peak of Y Garn. The path is gentle at first, becoming quite steep before reaching the summit.
(photo:  Y Garn from Glyder Fawr)
Y Garn from Glyder Fawr
(photo:  Snowdon range in the centre distance) Snowdon range in the centre distance
From Y Garn, continue north-west for a short distance, then follow the path right that descends a ridge towards Llyn Idwal. A level section is reached, followed by a short descent to Llyn Clyd area. The path continues down to Llyn Idwal, steep and loose in places. After passing through a gate close to Llyn Idwal, take the faint path off to the left over a grassy area of Pen y Benglog.
(photo:  Looking down into the Ogwen Valley from Y Garn ..... in the only bit of sunshine all day)
Looking down into the Ogwen Valley from Y Garn
Cross over a passing point in a wire a fence, then follow the path down to the gorge that exits into the car park at the Information Centre on the A5. Follow the road back to the parking area at the start.
(photo:  Looking back to Y Garn (on the left) from near Llyn Ogwen)

Looking back to Y Garn (on the left) from near Llyn Ogwen

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