|Skardhornet & Humpen
|Estimated net time||3-4 hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but a little cumbersome in steep sections with bush.|
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water up to the dam at 560m.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage at trail head and both summits; else quite patchy (May 2014).|
|Parking||Room for several cars around trail head.|
|Start height||326 metres|
|Vertical metres||905 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||6.8 km|
Start measuring from roads E39/60 junction approximately 2 km north of Grodås, at the east end of lake Hornindalsvatnet, and drive E39 in the direction of Ålesund.
- At 13.6 km turn left where signed for "Fyrde".
- At 14.5 km turn left where signed for "Straumshamn".
- At 22.3 km turn left where signed for "Høydal skule".
- At 24.1 km pay toll (NOK 30 per 2014) and fork right across a bridge.
- At 27.2 km find parking at the end of the road.
Start your hike by following the forest road a little into the valley. Cross the stream on a bridge and follow the path signed for Rindalsætra up to the dam at the north end of lake Heimste Rinddalsvatnet. Cross the dam and find your best route through the bush up to Skardhornet's north ridge. It's probably best by turning a little right (north) after you've crossed the dam. Once on the ridge follow it all the way to the unmarked summit of Skardhornet.
From Skardhornet descend back down to the dam, cross it, and turn right onto the path. Follow this path to a small cabin, approximately 120 metres, continue a few metres past the cabin, and find your best route uphill through some steep bush. This isn't very enjoyable terrain, but it's less than 100 vertical metres.
Descend by reversing your ascent route down to the dam, and then back down to the car park.
31. May 2014
Saturday afternoon hike together with Kjetil, in reasonably sunny conditions. The north ridge of Skardhornet had some steep snow, with at least some danger of us sliding down into the valley. I had brought skiing poles for this hike, and as a precaution when descending we took one pole each to be used as a ice axe substitute if we started to slide. But we didn't encounter any problems and got back down to Heimste Rinddalsvatnet without any problems.
The next section of the hike, up to Humpen, offered some nasty bush in partly steep terrain, and after some initial route finding we eventually walked more or less straight up. This top doesn't have much to offer other than being a top with a primary factor >100m. After a short summit stop we headed back down to the car, and then the drive back to Fjellsetra for me.