Tryfan has been on my bucket list of places to hike for a while now. My friend, which has hiked the North Ridge before have said that this is an exceptionally excellent route to challenge yourself on with navigation skills, steep hill walking and scrambling. Perfect walk on a sunny day, with a most beautiful sunset view.
This past weekend I have been invited to tag along for a camping weekend in Llanberis Campsite, to join in with some climbing and an opportunity to hike to the top of Tryfan. The weather looked incredibly good so had to seize the moment.
Directions to get to the best parking spot to hike the North Ridge of Tryfan is following postcode LL24 0EU and park either on side parking or spots or close to the road on the side. There are also some free parking spots a bit further toward Pont Pen-y-benglog, but that will add just under a mile of walking by the road to the start point of the hike.
The starting point is right at the LL24 0EU car park stepping stones going right and up next to cobblestone fence, then slowly follow the path to the East side of the mountain. The path then takes many different turns. We were lucky enough to be following a family that has been there before, meaning we did not get lost, but if you have an OS map, the path is very clearly marked out on it. With the small help of offline Google maps, there is no way you could get lost. Of course, it helps if the viability is good too.
It took us forever to gain the height, particularly because my legs are not as strong as Lizes my hiking buddy. She is physically very strong with really good endurance so I’m sure if I was not there she would shoot up the mountain. About 1 hour and a bit in is when the exciting scrambling part started. Some of it was a bit spooky and exposed, and since we were not sure where the actual path was at the ridge, we ended up making our own.
When we have reached the summit, the sun was shining, and the view made me feel a little emotional. It was one of these moments where the surroundings just made me remember why hiking in such locations makes sense. The views are like nothing you will ever see anywhere so every step up is worth the while. Also, it’s a brilliant exercise 😀
At the summit of Tryfan, there are two very distinct rocks which are called Adam and Eve. The challenge is, when you reach the summit, to jump from one rock to another. Now, I honestly don’t know how safe this is, but it’s intimidating with very uncomfortable drops on each side. I think only very relaxed or stupid people would do this. I know I was stupid but just had to get it done. Jump itself is not that hard, it’s more of a mental challenge. If you are a tall person, this would be more like a big step so very easy indeed. For me, it felt like I was jumping for my life. I got it done in the end so I was super proud of myself 😀
On the way back we have chosen a slightly less dangerous route and again we have come across some beautiful views of the valley to the East of the mountain, and some very pretty plants such as Heather, English Stonecrop and different types of Fern and moss.
We got to the car just after the sun had set. I think it would have been an incredible view if we stayed up and waited for the sun to disappear behind the mountain landscape.