|Hananipa from Skulstad
|Estimated net time||2-2½ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, the whole route is done on road and path.|
|Drinking water||The only reliable source of running water is from the stream in the valley north of lake Skulstadvatnet.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route except at the start of the valley north of lake Skulstadvatnet (August 2011).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at trail head.|
|Start height||340 metres|
|Vertical metres||410 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.9 km|
From Bergen drive east (either via road E16 north of the city, or via road 580 south of the city), to where roads E16 and 580 meet at Indre Arna. Continue east on road E16, approximately 9.7 km to the round about where roads E16 and 7 meet. Turn left here, and drive down to the fjord towards Trengereid. After 700 metres, in a left curve, turn right where signed for "Skulstad". Follow this narrow road uphill for 2.4 km to where there is a car park on the right hand side of the road. Park at this car park. 700 metres after leaving the main road make sure you don't continue straight ahead but turn right.
Start your hike by following the road uphill for 130 metres and turn right. Walk 450 metres along the gravel road until you get to a concrete dam. Turn left and follow a path on the left hand side of a fence, on the left (west) side of lake Skulstadvatnet. 460 metres along this path you get to the start of a valley, and should follow the signed ("Hananipa") path directly north into this valley. 650 metres along this valley the path to Hananipa does a sharp right, and is again signed for "Hananipa". The path now climbs onto a ridge and can be follow all the way to the summit. The summit is a distinct little top and has a small cairn. Approximately 100 metres north of the summit you will find another cairn and a summit registration book.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
23. August 2011
Day #2 of my 3-day Bergen visit with work, and a lovely day. Hence I decided to hike a new mountain, although I had already hiked Hamrefjellet in the morning. Hananipa had been on my to-do list for my next Bergen visit for quite a while, and proved to be a very fine hike.
If I had known the hike to Hananipa was as short as it proved to be I would
probably have continue to the other mountains in the area, but I hadn't studied
any routes or maps further than to Hananipa, and I didn't feel like messing
around in this area. So after the summit visit, including a walk across to the
point 711, which holds the summit registration book inside a plastic bag, inside
a metal box, inside a red plastic bucket, inside a cairn, I headed back down. I
met two other hikers during my descent, and briefly nodded a "hello" to them.