|Skoften from Kolberg
|Estimated net time||1-1½ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but the south-west ridge is very steep and a fall will hurt. But there are many ropes that can be used if you feel the need for it.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (January 2014).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at the car park by trail head.|
|Start height||65 metres|
|Vertical metres||320 metres for the roundtrip|
|Trip distance||2.9 km|
Assume your starting point is the round about east of Molde centre where roads E39 and 662 intersect. Drive 4.1 km east on road E39 and turn left in the round about, towards Eide. Follow road 64 5.8 km and pay toll (NOK 20 per 2014) when you exit the tunnel. Start measuring from the toll booth.
- At 4.1 km turn left (the sign for "Lindset" is only visible if come from the other direction, and note that this is 0.8 km after another exit to Lindset).
- At 6.0 km park on the car park on the right hand side of the road.
Start your hike by continuing a few metres downhill on the road. Turn right where signed for Skoften and follow the obvious path uphill, across slightly boggy ground. Cross two rough forest roads and turn left where signed for Skoften, at 130 metres. The path now traverses west up to 230 metres before turning right and going steep up the south-west slopes. This path will take you up above the forest, to "Eivinds plass", from where you have a good overview of the final 300 metres to the summit. At the summit you will find a cairn, a flag pole, a bench, and a summit register.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
01. January 2014
I had decided to get a kick-start to the new year by bagging a few new mountains already on the first day, and first on the agenda was Skoften. I got the first ferry in the morning from Vestnes (at 09:00), and was ready to start my hike at 10:00, with the expectation that I would be the first person on Skoften this year since there were no other cars at the car park. But around half-way up I met a woman coming down, so I assume she had been to the summit before me.
After a short summit stop I headed back down, meeting yet another woman, and then off to Skalten for the main hike of the day.