Manfjellet from Nord-Heggdal
|Estimated net time||4-5 hours|
|Difficulty||Partly cumbersome because of heather in some sections above 360 metres. Steep terrain down to the saddle between Myrsethornet and back up to Manfjellet, but no difficulties under normal conditions.|
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water below the saddle between Myrsethornet and Manfjellet.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route, but patchy around the end of the forest road (April 2014).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars at trail head.|
|Start height||35 metres|
|Vertical metres||935 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||10.8 km|
Start measuring at the ferry port at Dryna, and drive road 668:
- At 4.8 km turn right towards "Ramsvik".
- At 9.8 km turn right towards "Molde".
- At 11.3 km turn right towards "Heggdal".
- At 25.1 km park on the right hand side of the road a little before a small bridge at the bottom of the hill.
Start your hike by walking 70 metres back up the road and turn right onto a gravel road. Follow this road past the house and head up the hill next to the second house. Turn right in forest road junction 40 metres after you've crossed a bridge, 900 metres after leaving the main road. Walk 1.4 km on this road and turn right onto a rougher forest road where signed for Myrsethornet. This road turns into a path after 200 metres, and you should turn left and head uphill 260 metres after the forest road junction. There's no proper indication of where to head uphill, but it appears to be a vague path that vanishes after a few metres. Despite the lack of a path the forest offers relatively easy walking, and will take you up above the forest at 360 metres. You now have a good view to Myrsethornet, and after having crossed a flat area (more than 100 metres wide) you can walk straight up the steep south slopes of Myrsethornet. When you get up to the wide summit ridge you will find the true summit almost 300 metres north-east of the group of cairns located at the south-west end.
From Myrsethornet head south-west to the cairns and pick up the vague path that will take you down to the saddle between Myrsethornet and Manfjellet. From the saddle find a route you're comfortable with up the steep south-east slopes of Manfjellet and then turn right and head north to the summit, which is marked by a small cairn.
From Manfjellet head south down the south slopes and then gradually turn left (South-east and later east) in order to get back to where you came out of the forest while ascending Myrsethornet. From here reverse your ascent route back to the car.
05. April 2014
The plan for this Saturday was to visit my last three PF-100 tops in Midsund. I started with the main hike of the day and visits to Myrsethornet and Manfjellet. This was a "proper" hike in terms of horisontal distance and vertical metres, and in particular given a fair amount of slightly cumbersome ground, with heather and soft snow.
The hike up to Myrsethornet was a little strenuous but else straight forward. Then the descent down to the saddle between Myrsethornet and Manfjellet, which is straight forward despite relatively steep terrain. But getting up to Manfjellet from the saddle wasn't so straight forward, and I needed three attempts before I managed to find a low-risk route in the steep snow. When I eventually got above this section it was an easy walk in partially sunny conditions to the summit.
From Manfjellet I headed down the south slopes, across a long section of snow, and then down to the forest road where I had come up while ascending. Down at the forest road I jogged all the way back to the car as I was sensing that I might manage to squeeze in also Drynjahatten before I had to be at the ferry port for my ferry back to the main land and a boys-14 football match.