|Botnanuten from road-7
|Estimated net time||3-3½ hours|
|Difficulty||There are no difficulties, but the route is a little cumbersome after you leave the path at 750 metres.|
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (September 2011).|
|Parking||Room for many cars by trail head.|
|Start height||360 metres|
|Vertical metres||690 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||9.0 km|
From Bergen drive east to the junction of roads E16 and 580 close to the west end of the tunnel Arnanipa. From here drive 9.7 km to the round about where roads E16 and 7 meet. Continue approximately 33 km on road 7, to where you have a large car park on the left hand side of road 7, a few tens of metres from the main road. This is approximately 2.8 km after you pass the ski-centre Furedalen. You will find an information board close to road 7, with the name "Tokagjelet" as a heading.
From the car park follow the gravel road on the right hand side of the river, in total 1.5 km to a T-junction. Turn left here and walk 80 metres. Then turn right onto a wide path immediately after you have crossed a small bridge. Walk up to the wooden building and locate a path that will take you up through the forest.
When you get up to the final hill before the mast continue straight up to a small top and turn right. Leave the path after a few metres and head into a flat section leading towards a gully coming down from the south-west slopes of Botnanuten. At the top of the gully continue north, and you might find some small cairns, which will lead you to the summit. If you don't find these cairns just make sure you continue north and north-east. The summit is marked by a cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
29. September 2011
After having finished a two-day workshop at our Kvamskogen quarters I drove the short distance to Botnanuten trail head. I found trail head OK, but struggled a little to find the start of the path. Once I found it I made good progress up to 750 metres. From here I followed an OK path north, but after 700 metres it was pretty obvious that my route was not ideal. But instead of going back I decided to take on the steep west slopes of Botnanuten and got involved in some light scrambling and some nasty boulder covered by ferns. After this section I continued north-east on a route that was slight cumbersome.
When descending I decided to follow a more direct route back to the mast at 740 metres, and it turned out to be a little less cumbersome than my ascent. From the mast it was easy running back down to the car, meeting several other hikers down on the gravel road.
From the car I drove back to Bergen where I stayed overnight at Marith and Morten's, where I was treated well both in terms of nutrition and good company.