Heather Terrace is a wonderful trail route to summit Tryfan mountain, particularly at sunrise.
Most of the loop is a reasonably comfortable walk for us, with some scrambling required at the very top.
We’ve spent many mornings sat at various points along Heather Terrace watching the first light pour into Cwm Tryfan valley.
1. Parking at the end of the A5 straight before Llyn Ogwen, we head through the stile and cross the wet lowlands towards Little Tryfan, a slab rock popular with climbers. On reaching Little Tryfan the path takes a right directly towards Tryfan and starts climbing immediately.
2. The path eventually turns to the left and Heather Terrace itself cuts diagonally across the east face of Tryfan. This is an incredibly beautiful trail, particularly at sunrise. At the North Buttress there is the option to turn sharp right up the last gulley, cutting out the south section, but Heather Terrace is well worth completing in good weather for the continued views.
3. On reaching Bwlch Tryfan, there’s a dry stone wall that links Bristly Ridge and Tryfan. We follow a short section of the wall to the right and then begin summiting Tryfan over the boulders. The final plateau before the summit has some breathtaking drops and views.
4. On this trail route we descend via the West Face Gulley, keeping Brag Rocks on our right leads us to the path that descends to Llyn Ogwen from the Bochlwyd Buttress area. It’s a short walk alongside Ogwen on the road back to the car.