Skaphornet from Haralddalen


Estimated net time 2½-3 hours
Difficulty No difficulties, but expect a tiny bit of bush fighting.
Drinking water Running water at trail head and by the cabins at Haralddalssætra.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (July 2013).
Parking Room for 2-3 cars at trail head.
Start height 340 metres
Vertical metres 520 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 5.0 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Skaphornet trail head in Haralddalen.
  Route towards Skaphornet from Haralddalssætra.


From the intersection of road E39 and 60, a few hundred metres north of Grodås, drive E39 12.7 km in the direction of Kvivstunnelen and Ålesund (north), and turn left to Sunndalen. Drive 400 metres and turn left across a narrow bridge, and then make sure you fork left onto "Sunndalsvegen" after another 1.1 km. Drive another 1.0 km and turn left (uphill) immediately after a farm, where a wooden sign says "Harald-dalsætra". Note that parts of the road from above this is quite steep, but the quality is good. Drive 1.3 km to the top of a long steep hill and turn left. Then drive 900 metres to the end of the road. Park here, or a little further down if there's no available space.

Locate the path going up into the forest, on the right hand side of the stream when looking uphill. Follow this fine path all the way up to the cabins at Haralddalssætra, at 460 metres. Turn left before the first old cabin, cross the stream and head uphill towards east. Continue east all the way up to the pass, or a little north of the pass, at 610 metres. From here turn left and walk directly north to a little below the summit plateau. Here you will find some cliff bands requiring some finer navigations unless you want to scramble. When on the plateau head north-west to the summit, which is marked by a small cairn.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



21. July 2013

It was a pretty miserable day, but Kjetil and I had planned to go hiking so just had to choose something that might be below the mist. Skaphornet was the candidate we ended up with, and we were a little optimistic since the summit was just touching the mist when we first saw Skaphornet after having come through the Kvivsvegen tunnel. But by the time we started our hike the mist closed in and from above 700 metres we had very poor visibility.

Because of the poor visibility and because of me not keeping an eye on the GPS we made a real mess of the descent, and ended up doing a major de-tour across rough terrain. And when we realised our mistake and tried to short-cut back to the right route we just ended up in even rougher terrain with some very steep sections. At the end we had to give up any thoughts of short-cuts and come all the way back to our ascent route. This consumed a lot of time, and we also got pretty wet.

But back at the car we hadn't lost all spirit, and after having changed into dry clothes we decided to have a go at Kamben, above Bjørke.

Photos 21.07.2013