|Haugtua CCW from
|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
|Drinking water||Drinking water from the stream along the forest road at the beginning of the route.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (December 2009).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars at trail head.|
|Start height||25 metres|
|Vertical metres||355 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||3.8 km|
From the E39/E136 junction, at the round-about east of Ålesund, drive 13.4 km on roads E39/E136 to the road 661 exit to Brattvåg/Vatne at Digernes. From here drive another 2.1 km along E39/E136, and turn right onto a gravel road. This gravel road forks immediately, with one leg going right and one leg running uphill. Find parking beside the road, where it forks.
Start walking by following the gravel road uphill amongst the houses. After you have passed the last house the road turns into a forest road, and you turn right at the first junction, walking north-west. Follow this forest road in a western direction, along a stream, all the way up to lake Haugtjørna, approximately 700 metres in total. You will be passing a couple of forest roads forking off to the right, but ignore these. After a little less than 400 metres it might be worth paying attention to a rough forest road coming down from your left since this is where you will return on your descent.
A few tens of metres before getting to lake Haugtjørna you should turn left, off-path, and head up to the east ridge of Haugtua. This part of the route might look a bit steep and rough, but it is not difficult. When you get up on the ridge you will meet a path, and you can turn right and follow this path to the summit.
You can descend the same way as you descended, or you can choose to follow the path back down a bit further than to the point where you joined the path. Just make sure you stay left at any path junctions. When you get down to some forest roads follow the upper-most road, which might be quite boggy, and fork left in any junctions. After a little less than 1 km along this forest road you will join the forest road used for your ascent. Turn right here and walk back to your car.
23. December 2009
This Wednesday was the first day of my Christmas holidays, and after having hiked Heimste Synnalandsheia in the morning I was determined to get cracking on my Christmas-2009 plans of completing a few Skodje mountains. Sigurd (13) decided to join me for this hike, on a quite nice day, with some snow on the ground.
We didn't really know what the best route to the summit was, and ended up doing some steep off-path hiking, but nothing difficult, and actually quite enjoyable.