We did the classic "lets go and ride Snowdon in early October" thing this weekend.
First off, I can't believe how busy it was. The summit area from the top of the Pyg track to the station was rammed - elbow to elbow. It was like Oxford Street in December. I tried riding down from the summit station but had to give up - it was just too damn busy, and in the face of so much animosity from the walkers, it wasn't worth the grief. I really, really wouldn't recommend doing it of a weekend if this is what it's usually like.
Anyway - onto the Ranger path. It would appear the days of lovely loose drifty hairpins have ended. They're obviously about to start work armouring the trail and to that end have heli'd in loads of bags of rocks. Which they've dumped in clusters on the corners making the trail impassable to all. So everybody is walking/riding down the steep grass banks and tearing that to shreds instead, which all seems rather short sighted. (I understand them not wanting to carry the rocks very far, but dumping the bags on the banks would allow them a clear work area, and not trashing the grass - especailly given the current footfall levels). It is all still rideable if you're comitted, but you need to be prepared to take some very cheeky lines. Did properly piss me off at the time.
It wasn't all bad though - the bit where you come out of the clouds down the back of Cloggy, above the lake is still magical, and the gnarly steepy gully bit lower down is still lots of fun (and doesn't look like it's going to get modified).