|Estimated net time||3½-4 hours|
|Drinking water||Access to drinking water from the river around trail head, and from the stream close to the path up to the saddle.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (May 2009).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park at trail head.|
|Start height||418 metres|
|Vertical metres||895 metres for the roundtrip|
|Trip distance||6.8 km|
|Route photo||Start of Storhornet path at Habostadsætra.|
From Ålesund drive towards Magerholm and then take the ferry across to Aursneset. From the ferry drive road 60 across Strandafjellet to the >T-junction above Stranda centre (there is an Esso petrol station here per May 2009). Turn right at this junction, towards Hellesylt and Stryn, and drive 1.9 km. Turn right where signed for "Engeset" and follow this road 4.2 km until you get to an unmanned toll gate. Pay the fee (NOK 25 per May 2009) and continue up the forest road. After 800 metres the road forks and you should stay right. 3.7 km from the toll gate you will find a car park on your left hand side. Park here.
Start walking by crossing the foot bridge next to the car park. On the other side of the river you turn right and walk 300 metres south-west to the buildings at Habostadsætra. Pass the first buildings and locate a path going off to the left through the forest. This path can be followed all the way to the summit.
At first the path will take you through the forest up to the saddle between Storhornet and Leirvasshornet. From the saddle you turn left (east) and walk on the right (south-east) side of Storhornet's south-west ridge. After not long the path will climb towards the top of the ridge, and from here you follow the ridge all the way to the summit, which is marked by a proper cairn.
The descent is best done by following the ascent route.
23. June 2013
A Fjellsetra week-end with family and colleague Mark. After a grey and wet Saturday, and with a forecast of the same for Sunday, we didn't have any big plans. But when the clouds started to lift a little we decided to go for a hike. And we decided to drive across to Stranda and have a look at what the weather was like there, and then deciding where to hike, with the two options being Skurdahornet and Storhornet.
With promising conditions we decided to hike Storhornet, which proved to be a wise choice; almost all of three hours outing was done in sunshine, and apart from clouds limiting the otherwise nice views this was an excellent Sunday.
30. May 2009
We were spending this Whit week-end at our cabin at Fjellsetra, and after a day of work on the cabin this Saturday I wanted to take advantage of the very nice weather and get myself above 1000 metres. I had had Storhornet in my mind all week, and saw no reason not to have a go at this fine mountain. The only uncertainty was the amount of snow, but the only way to find out was to actually go there!
At trail head I met a nice lady, who could tell me that it couldn't be much snow at Storhornet because she knew people who had already been there this year. When I asked her about crossing the river, she told me that there was no need to walk 1 km along the valley, as it says in the book "Fotturar på Sunnmøre" (at least my version of it), but that I should instead use the bridge right next to the car park where we were standing. She pointed out the location of the bridge, since it cannot be seen from the car park, and off I was.
When I got to Habostadsætra I met a father and son (I assume), whom I asked if they had been to Storhornet. They confirmed this, and could also tell me that there was hardly any snow at all. They then pointed me to where the path starts. They wished me "enjoyable hike" and I thanked them for this and their guiding. After I had walked less than 100 metres I heard someone shouting behind me, and it was the two guys I had just talked with. They were waving they arms for me to come back, and I soon realised that I had passed the start of the path. I waved my thanks, and at last I was on my way!
The path up through the forest was steep, and I soon had to reduce my pace, but reduced pace means more time to enjoy the views, and fine views it was, in particular when you get above the denser part of the forest. A little before the saddle I had to pass two small sections of snow, but this was something like 10 metres in total. Around the actual saddle I had to pass a field of something like 100 metres of snow, but the snow was relatively firm and caused no problems nor delays. The whole south-west ridge was free of snow, and the boulder was very easy to walk.
At the summit I signed the registration book, took a lot of photos, enjoyed a small piece of chocolate, and certainly making the most of the truly fantastic views from this mountain.
Back at the cabin Sigurd joined me for a short swim in lake Nysetervatnet, which offered a cooling 13°C. Perfect!