Route: From Snowdon Peak
Posted On: 2020-09-04, By: supranihilest
Info: I "traversed" to "South Snowdon"/"N 2" by scrambling down Snowdon's south ridge to a double set of couloirs. It's Class 2+ to this point and there's a big cairn on the saddle here. Most people descend to the right/west, but I went left. It looks improbable and there's a couple of trees blocking easy viewing, but there's a large downward ramp here. It's covered in loose rubble but it's entirely Class 2 until it dumps into the talus field below Snowdon's southeast face. It was loose enough that using the handholds on the wall next to me was useful. Keep following the ramp and if you ever get into anything that's harder than Class 2 or Class 2+ know you're in the wrong spot. From the talus field at the bottom cross the basin on grass, heading towards the southernmost notch in the Snowdon/"South Snowdon" connecting ridge. Ascend the talus here (be careful, it's loose and easy to roll rocks onto hands/feet) through the notch and turn left to ascend to "South Snowdon"'s summit. To descend head northwest down "South Snowdon"'s talus laden slopes until you're on grass, then north under the ridge and Snowdon. You'll cross some wet areas and numerous slabs. Eventually the terrain drops away, and you'll find relatively easy passage by heading northeast past a small tarn under Snowdon and then down steep grass/talus and a couple of short, easy slabs until you're back in the forest, where you can reconnect with the trail that eventually connects to the Crater Lake Trail. The two photos show the descent route off Snowdon that I used.