Cycling Electric Mountain, Wales
Ride 4.8 miles gaining 1,775’ at 6.9% average grade (7.7% climb only)
This is the second Top 10 Wales Most Epic Bike Climb that begins near the lovely village of Llanberis in Gwynedd, northwest Wales (Llanberis Pass is the other). Before traveling to the UK in 2022 for our second trip to document its top bike climbs, we asked Simon Warren (100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, UK) what his Top 10 Most Epic Climbs were for Wales (along with England, Scotland, and the UK as a whole). Simon listed Electric Mountain as the sixth most epic Welsh climb and Llanberis Pass as #7.
Aerial photo from start looking southeast from the northwestern edge of Llyn Padarn.
Llyn Padarn is a glacially formed lake in Snowdonia, north Wales.
Beginning on a Lakeside stone bridge, you’ll start ascending on a road as narrow as they come, with no line of sight ahead. Fortunately, this road seems to be almost solely traveled by residents of the numerous rustic houses that line the street. It had the feeling of riding back in time and I can imagine that not much has changed in hundreds of years in this area.
There are a series of turns that take you out of the residential area and up onto the high mountain. You’ll be greeted by the eternal Welsh wind here, you can bet on that. The rains came and went sporadically on the day we rode Electric Mountain in early June 2022.
This typically remote Welsh road takes you through lush green forest, to farm towns, and quickly leads you to a gate. At this point, the road starts to pick in grade, farm life, and weather.
As you climb the wind howls, and you can expect gusts that could knock over a light rider. From the top you can meet folks working on the damn and see the rolling green hills. The cows wander and the wind is no joke on this one, but it is well worth it to see the change in scenery and the epic view at the top. There are a few turns, and if you don’t pay attention or have the PJAMM App, you can easily miss a turn.
The summit point is marked by a Dam. There were some industrial workers at the summit when I got there, but when I tried to chat with them they said they only spoke Welsh. 😞