Utvikfjellet from Brusdalshjellen
Utvikfjellet
 
     

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Estimated net time 1-1½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water Unknown, but probably nothing.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (December 2009).
Parking Room for 3-4 cars where the path starts, but you're not allowed to drive here if driving from south (from Brusdal). Probably possible to drive to the start of the path if driving from north.
If driving from south you might be able to park by the last houses, but you do have to ask for permission (and don't be surprised if permission isn't given).
Start height 117 metres
Vertical metres 165 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 3.4 km
GPS-file X (descent only)
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Route photo

  Trail head is behind red barn, and if permission is given you can park there.
  Start of path to Utvikfjellet.
  One of many blue ribbons marking path to Utvikfjellet.

 

From Ålesund drive road E39 towards Åndalsnes, approximately 10 km from Moa. Turn left where signed for "Brusdal" and continue straight through the junction, driving 1.0 km until you get to a few houses. Here you will see a sign stopping you from driving further, and you have now reached Brusdalshjellen. Ask permission to park somewhere around the houses, or alternatively drive back a few hundred metres.

From the houses at Brusdalshjellen walk along the forest road 500 metres. You will now see a small car park on the right hand side of the road, and a path to your left. The start of the path is marked by a blue ribbon around a tree. Follow this path, which is marked with blue ribbons all the way to the summit. The summit is not easy to locate amongst the trees, but when the path makes a sharp right at the summit plateau you are close to what can be assumed to be the highest point.

The descent is best done by reversing the ascent route.

 

 

24. December 2009

The sole purpose of this hike was to bag another mountain, and to do it in as short as time as possible. The latter almost got a severe blow when I realized I wasn't able to drive as far as I wanted, and almost got a second blow when the local was very reluctant to let me park where the signs told me that further driving was prohibited. His claim was that I was on private property, but "in my world" I would then expect one or two signs indicating this, and I never saw such signs (admittedly I didn't look very hard ...). Anyway, the local was kind enough to let me park, in particular on me promising to be parked for only around 45 minutes.

I walked along the gravel road, looking out for blue ribbons to mark the start of the path, and when I saw some plastic thing close to the road, and something that resembled a path underneath the snow, I headed into the forest. Since I didn't see a second indication that I was on the right track I started to get that uncertain feeling, but decided to continue, and assumed the blue ribbons I had read about on Westcoastpeaks.com was gone by the time I got there (almost four years after Arnt's hike). Eventually I realized I was on the wrong track, in particular since the highest point in the area seemed to be in a different directions from where I was heading. As I changed direction towards what I assumed must be the summit I managed to break through the ice of a pond, and filled my boot with ice cold water. Instead of stopping and try to minimize the problem I decided to continue, assuming my thick wool socks would keep me warm enough to complete the hike.

After some cumbersome walking through bush I suddenly saw blue ribbons on the trees, and I was able to follow these to the summit (well, "summit" isn't a terribly clearly defined point for Utvikfjellet, but the path will take you to an area that contains the highest point). From the summit I returned back to the car, this time following the path that was marked by blue ribbons, noting that the blue ribbons were hard to miss, being placed 20-30 metres apart throughout the route.

Back at the car I was happy to notice that I had been away maximum 46 minutes, and I could drive home in time for hot chocolate and Christmas cake with friends and family.

Photos 24.12.2009