|Høgenhei from Krabberød
|Estimated net time||30 minutes.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route.|
|Parking||Room for one or two cars at trail head.|
|Start height||68 metres|
|Vertical metres||80 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||1.1 km|
Drive road E18 south from Oslo, through Vestfold county. From where E18 does a 90° left, and road 18 leaves for Porsgrunn, drive approximately another 11 kilometres. This is 1.7 km after the end of Grenlandsbrua bridge. Exit right towards road 354, signed "Stathelle", and drive back along E18. Stay right in the junction after 500 metres and drive through the tunnel. Make sure you go left in the junction 500 metres after the tunnel, which will bring you under the old bridge. Drive 440 metres downhill from the junction and turn left onto an unsigned road. Then turn left onto Storåsveien in the T-junction after 50 metres. Drive this road 400 metres uphill, and turn right immediately after a short metal tunnel. Find parking close to the 4-way junction up on the flat start of the road.
Start your walk by walking 100 metres up to an old concrete building (bunker). A path starts on the right hand side of the bunker. Follow this path through the forest, and make sure you stay right of the power line when you get out of the forest. The path will take you up to a cliff band east of the summit, from where the path is marked by blue paint on the trees. You will find a mast and a number of wooden buildings in the summit area.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
29. January 2013
I was on my way from Oslo to Langesund for a funeral and had already hikes Nordbykollen this morning, and made a failed attempt at Veitåsen an hour later. When I stopped at the petrol station below Høgenhei to fill up my car with diesel the temptation to have a go at Høgenhei got too big, and I drive across to Krabberød to have a go. Thanks to an old lady I got directions on where to start my hike, but because of the snow I didn't see the path she had mentioned and ended up doing two de-tours. When I found the path marked with blue paint, just below the summit, I saw vague tracks in the snow and assumed I would be able to follow these track back down to the car.
The summit didn't give me much view because of trees and thick fog, but I did get the opportunity to admire the west wall above road E18 and the petrol station I had visited a few minutes earlier.
After a short stop at the summit I followed the tracks back down to my car, and hence managed to track the path. And back at the car I got myself ready for the last few kilometres of my drive to cousin Tom and his wife Brith, where I would stay the night before tomorrow's funeral, and where a number of the family met for a nice evening meal.