|Estimated net time||One hour.|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, and the whole route runs on forest road.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (August 2014).|
|Parking||Room for a few cars around trail head.|
|Start height||188 metres|
|Vertical metres||155 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||4.2 km|
Start of service road towards Bjørnlihaugen.
Start measuring from the round about east of Molde centre where roads E39 and 662 intersect (this is approximately 0.8 km along E39 from the ferry port). Drive E39 east in the direction of Trondheim:
- At 3.2 km, in the round about, turn right towards Åndalsnes on road 64.
- At 18.8 km turn left onto "Bergsvikvegen".
- At 19.8 km fork right and pay toll (NOK 20 per 2014) in the unmanned toll booth.
- At 22.7 km find parking on the left hand side of the road where a service road goes off right at an acute angle.
Start your hike by following the service road south. This road is closed by a chain after 100 metres, so cannot be driven. Just below the summit, where the service road turns right towards a building, continue straight ahead on a short stretch of path, up to the summit registration (a post box located on a tree). The true summit, which isn't marked in any way, can be found another few metres west.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
03. August 2014
This was my third hike this warm Sunday, after first having hiked Horga and then Vesleskåla, Skåla and Skålaksla together with Amund. He had had his share of hiking after the Skåla hike, and judging on the number of cramps I was having I should also retire for the day. But Bjørnlihaugen isn't a top I can justify to drive to from Brattvåg, and given the fact that I was right at its foot steps I couldn't resist the temptation to pay it a visit. It also helped on the motivation knowing that it would be an easy walk on gravel road all the way to the summit.
I decided to walk quite slowly in order not to risk anything in terms of cramps, but when the muscles were feeling fine after having got around half-way I gradually started to pick up the pace a little. And after a short summit stop, including a couple of photos and signing the summit register, I did easy running most of the way back down to the car. Next on the agenda was a stop at the first place that could sell me a cold drink, before the drive back home.