|Karl Johan Toppen from
Karl Johan Toppen
|Estimated net time||Less than one hour.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (December 2012).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars at trail head.|
|Start height||35 metres|
|Vertical metres||95 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||1.7 km|
From Sandesund bru, the large bridge on road E6 just outside Sarpsborg, drive approximately 7 km south to junction 4 (Solbergkrysset). When you get to road 110 turn right and follow 110 1.9 km in the direction of Fredrikstad. Turn left where signed for "Karls°y" and drive 3.2 km to where you have a number of houses on your right side. Turn right onto the road called "Falla", and drive 300 metres to the top of the road. Find parking on the right hand side without blocking for other cars.
Start your hike by following an old forest road directly uphill, and then fork left onto a path after 30 metres. After 80 metres you get to an open field, and you can see an area of large boulder less than 100 metres above you. Follow the path around the open area and you will find a path going into the forest a little left of the large boulder. This path is marked with red-white ribbons and will take you west through the dense forest, then north to a more open section. After a small descent you get into a spruce forest, and a little into this forest you meet a wider path. Turn right and then turn sharp left after 30-40 metres, in the path junction. Follow this wide path approximately 100 metres to its end, and turn right onto a smaller path that will take you up to the summit area. You will see a number of old military installations, and if you turn a little left you will get to the small summit cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
24. December 2012
Easy am hike before family gathering. I started my hike by going off-path, but mid-way into the ascent I found a path taking me to the summit, which I was also able to follow all the way back to the car.
I was surprised to find a number of military installations around the summit, built by the Nazis during the second world war. Apart from this the only other thing to be seen was trees so I didn't hang around for long.