|Estimated net time||1½-2 hour|
The section through the forest is short, and the forest is not very dense.
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water during winter.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage at trail head, else at best patchy (February 2011).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||297 metres|
|Vertical metres||325 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||4.1 km|
From Ålesund drive road E39 to Sjøholt. Drive through Sjøholt centre, and turn right onto road 650, signed for "Geiranger" and "Stordal". From this junction drive 12.4 km to Dyrkorn, and turn left shortly after having exited the Dyrkorntunnelen tunnel. Follow the road as it zigzags uphill, until you get to a junction 1.4 km after leaving road 650. Take the left most exit, and drive another 1.3 km to where a road takes off to the right. This road is signed, amongst others, for Gjerdsstølen. Drive 300 metres along this road until a car park where the road does a sharp left turn. Park here.
Start skiing by following the forest road running east from the car park, signed for Gjerdsstølen. Stay on this forest road until you cross the power lines, 730 metres from the car park. Turn left and head directly north, staying a little right (east) of the power lines. As you get closer to the forest you will find corridors of open through the forest, and after a 20-30 metres short stretch through a not very dense forest you're above the forest. From here continue north, up several hills separated by some small plateaus. The direction is quite obvious, and eventually you will see the large summit cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
13. February 2011
I was due to drive some of the boys to Ørskogfjellet ski-centre this gorgeous Sunday, so I decided to hike a mountain in that area. Given the constraints that it had to be something I got ascend using snow shoes, since my knee isn't ready for any Telemark skiing yet, I ended up choosing between Verahornet and Bolleberget. A last second decision went in favour of Bolleberget.
After having left the boys at Ørskogfjellet I drove to Dyrkorn, and was pleased to find the road up to Ødegård well ploughed and easy to drive, all the way up to the car park at the start of the forest road Gjerdsstølsvegen. From here I was able to follow some ski-tracks along the forest road, making hiking in the knee deep powder a little more easy. The loads of soft snow made me a little concerned about the hike from the forest road and towards the summit, but I decided to take one small section at a time, and these sections where in some places down to as little as 20 steps.
Finding a route through the forest proved very easy, and it turned out there was only a stretch of 20-30 metres that qualified as forest, and even this was a fairly open area, which would allow for relatively comfortable downhill skiing if the snow was as favourable as today.
When I got above the forest I thought I was within short distance to the summit, but it proved to be just a plateau before the next section of uphill. This repeated itself another two times, before I eventually saw the summit cairn. I was now at the relatively large summit plateau, and up here it was more wind packed snow than proper powder, but no ice like we had experienced at Litleskjerdingen the day before. All in all the snow throughout my hike was very nice for descent skiing.
At the slightly windy summit I took a number of photos and signed the summit
register, before heading back down, enjoying the warming sun into my face.