Cader Idris

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A tremendous hill with a very impressive Corrie (Cwm Cau). On a sunny day the water in this lake is bright turquoise. There is an excellent and long climb rising from the lake on the huge buttress to the left. The circuit of the main corrie is a must.

Elevation (feet): 2,927
Elevation (meters): 892
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Latitude: 52.699722
Longitude: -3.908611
Best months for climbing: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Nearest major airport: Manchester
Convenient Center: Dolgellau

Thanks to foinaven and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 28 trip reports for Cader Idris.

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  • Log #19320 - by Stephanie White on Sep 27, 2006
    I climbed this mountain with my Duke of Edinburgh group. Apart from the cloud, the views were magnificent. I would highly recommend this walk. We stayed at the summit in the stone hut, although it...
  • Log #13144 - by Holli Redfern on Mar 03, 2004
    Me and a friend went on holiday to Snowdonia for five days and decided to walk to the summit of cader idris, bearing in mind that it was heavily snowing the whole time we were there it could've been...
  • Log #13145 - by Nicki Sailsbury on Jan 20, 2004
    I wasn't fit enough to sumit on my last attempt but I'm going with an experienced group of walkers in April and hope to enjoy the high of making to to the top.
  • Log #13146 - by Paul Wright on Jan 19, 2004
    Probably my favourite top in Snowdonia, I've climbed all the main footpaths to the summit over the past ten years or so. The western slopes are fairly smooth and grassy, but the other elevations are...
  • Log #13147 - by Fabian Reichelt on Sep 14, 2003
    A nice walk on a day with mixed weather - the summit was covered in clouds. I (+ my brother) walked via Pony path and foxes path.
  • Log #13148 - by martin parfitt on July 15, 2003
    myself and two friends have been talking about doing this for some time and last weekend we finally had the nerve and the weather. went up late afternoon on saturday, reached the summit late evening...
  • Log #13149 - by David Craik on July 09, 2003
    A truly awesome trek - very easy to underestimate in terms of distance, weather, time and altitude. Being rather unfit, we took the Rhiwgwredydd path from Llanfihangel (Easy side)joining the Pony...
  • Log #13150 - by Simon and Cath on May 28, 2003
    Scrambling on the Cyfryw Arete, grade 3S***. 1st pitch of 5 was desperate due to weather conditions - wet and slimy rock!! Great challenge, great day, enjoyed it all the more by the time we were in...
  • Log #13151 - by penny farthing on Mar 19, 2003
    The best Welsh mountain! try a crossover from Cader Gates to the Pony Path! Brilliant climbing as well "Idris Corner" E2 5b - find it try it! happy climbing!
  • Log #13152 - by Julie Tonks & Nikki Turner on Mar 18, 2003
    The summit was covered in cloud but we had a great time climbing up and met some really nice people that made the clim all the more enjoyable.Thanks to everyone who sang happy birthday to me at the...
  • Log #13153 - by steve on May 07, 2002
    excelent day for a treck up cader idris my second time up after 17 years first time for my wife, sister & husband. never saw a thing 17 years ago this time so clear could see snowdon.
  • Log #13154 - by Sue & Philip Powell on Apr 29, 2002
    Ascent from Ty Nant via Pony Path. Descent from summit via Foxes Path. Weather mixed - low cloud, snow & sleet, high winds. Visibility between storms good.
  • Log #13155 - by tommy yorke on Apr 28, 2002
    i climed this with my school and getting 3 hours sleep that night didn't help. we split up in to 2 groups and climed 2 diffrent ways. i fell in a stream at the bottom and had to the walk...
  • Log #13156 - by Chris Vincent and Vicky Pritchard on Apr 15, 2002
    An excellent day with brilliant views, fell in love again, didn't follow the fence after 3rd peak so had to tramp a bit of heather to get back to Minffordd.
  • Log #13158 - by gareth jones on Feb 12, 2002
    cader idris,a magical mountain,no summit cafe here to spoil the view.if you only climb one welsh mountain climb cader.
  • Log #13159 - by Rich Wilkins on Oct 03, 2001
    Managed to avoid a wild west gun battle with the criminally insane landlord of the 'Ponderosa'. Licked the peak in about 90 mins from the car park. Barbeque at summit was excellant. Only bad point...
  • Log #13160 - by Nick Davies on Oct 02, 2001
    Good points: the views, the challenge and the beer and steak the night before. Bad points: fell in the river on the way down!
  • Log #13161 - by Mark Pritchard on Aug 30, 2001
    Wow, I can see my house from up here (well, on a clear day with a big telescope!!!) What a great walk
  • Log #13162 - by Mike Hemsley on Aug 29, 2001
    Walked up the mountain via the Minffordd path over all the summits and down the Pony track to Dolgellau nine year old Jessica took it all in her stride.
  • Log #13163 - by David Hails on Aug 06, 2001
    We waited till the weather had cooled down a bit, and started our climb at 3:00pm. It got a bit cloudy towards the top, but we still had a clear view. A good walk, easier coming down than going up -...
  • Log #13165 - by katie on June 25, 2001
    "duke of edinburgh we hate you" quickly turned into "duke of edinburgh we love you!!" when my group reached the summit!! it was tough carrying a full 65 litre ruksack up but my...
  • Log #13168 - by David Glyn Lewis on Feb 13, 2001
    A magnificent and mystical place that used to be my playground.
  • Log #13169 - by C.M. Kennedy on Jan 02, 2001
    I make this entry in honor of my father, John P. Kennedy, who did this climb with me two months before his 70th birthday. Perhaps an inspiration to others.
  • Log #13170 - by tywyn cadet force on Dec 17, 2000
    It's easier getting down than getting up but its great fun if you stay at the youth hostel on the north side the night before as we used to do. If anyone was in the local cadet force hi !
  • Log #13171 - by Saxon Venture Scouts, Ashton Hill. on Oct 03, 2000
    We started with 11,(4 Scouts,4 Venture Scouts, two leaders and a 6year old Beaver Scout) Less than half way up we fell to 9, and only five reached the summit (two scouts, two venture scouts and a...
  • Log #13172 - by Steve Copeland on Apr 22, 2000
    I went up the Minfordd path from the car park, weather forecast was very good. On the climb of the backwall of Cwm Gau it started raining. Very strong winds and driving rain on top. Moral of the...
  • Log #13173 - by jacob Gloor on Dec 01, 1999
    During family holiday to Fairbourne - empty sandy beaches, narrow guage railway, easy parking and a chip shop - I was dropped off on the North side of Cader Idris and made my way towards Foxes Tarn....
  • Log #13174 - by richard bragg on Oct 11, 1999
    Best way up is Mynffordd path from the South East side. Steep walk up through woodland opens up to Cwm Cau where you can picnic. Upto this point you are sheltered from weather that predominantly...