|Estimated net time||2-2½ hours|
|Drinking water||Running water in a couple of places in the first part of the route.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (September 2012).|
|Parking||Room for one car at trail head, and more cars within reasonable distance.|
|Start height||330 metres|
|Vertical metres||420 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||6.0 km|
Assume your starting point is the junction where road 660 turns south from road 62, in Eidsvåg, approximately 53 km east of Molde and 35 km west of Sunndalsøra. Drive 4.7 km on road 62 in the direction of Molde and turn right immediately before a double garage. Drive straight ahead after 40 metres and continue up to the unmanned toll booth 900 metres from road 62. Pay the fee (NOK 20 per 2012) and continue another 1.6 km to where there is room to park one car on the left hand side of the road. You will also find a wooden sign for "Rødhesten" here. Park on the small car park.
From the car park you will see a vague path heading uphill. Follow this path, which is also marked by wooden poles with red paint, south-west and then west through a small valley. After approximately 1.5 km the path and red poles end and you will see a cairn up on the highest point to your right. Find your best route up to this cairn, from which you will just see another cairn towards north-west. Walk across to the second cairn, from where you will have a fine view of the rest of the route. The summit is located further north-west, and is the slightly distinct double-top with a cairn on the outer of the two tops. The quickest route is one which is more or less a straight line, and the terrain offers relatively easy hiking.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
09. September 2012
I was on my way home from Sunndalsøra and wanted to go for an easy hike. Rødhesten seemed to be a good candidate, and I located a path thanks to advice from a woman exercising along the forest road going up to Reitasetra. The hike was a little longer than I had expected and when I got to the cairn at 639 metres I thought I had reached the summit. But for once I had downloaded a waypoint for the summit to my GPS, and a quick check showed me that I had another 750 metres to go.
At the summit I had fine views all around, and spent a few minutes taking photos and in general enjoying outdoor life. Then back to the car and the drive back home.