This is a good, solid hike with a big reward at the top. No wonder it is so popular...
I came early in the morning on a Saturday. I was at the Rowardennan car park by 8 am (note: £3 for all day parking, and you need small change for the machine). There are toilets to use before the walk - it is a very nice convenience. I started at about 8:30 and reached the top at 10:20 or so. The path is a "highway" - even in poor weather and low visibility, it is entirely safe to follow it to the top.
I walked on a day after it had rained very hard. Still the path was dry. I would give the bog rating a "1.5" - compared to other places, there is really nothing to worry about. Of course, wear waterproof shoes, but even without that, you should be fine in dry weather.
Also a note: this is a great climb for kids, younger ones even. The path is safe, wide and there are no drop-offs anywhere except at the top.
Like said, come early...if you wish to be alone at the top. On my way down, I must have met over 50 people...who must have started at 9:30 or 10 am.
Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.