|Estimated net time||1-1½ hours|
|Drinking water||Unknown, but not like to be any.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (April 2010).|
|Parking||Room for several cars around trail head.|
|Start height||228 metres|
|Vertical metres||245 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||2.7 km|
Assume you arrive Molde via the ferry from Vestnes. From the ferry drive 300 metres across the ferry port area, then turn right, following signs for road E39 towards Trondheim. Drive 500 metres to a round-about and turn right, still following signs for road E39. Drive 4.0 km along E39 and turn left onto road 64 in the round-about. 2.0 km along this road turn right, signed for "Eide", and then continue another 4.5 km. You will now see a sign for "Skarbakken" to your right. Turn left here, onto a gravel road, and drive 100 metres. Further driving is likely to be obstructed by a gate; if so park on the right hand side of the gravel road just before the gate. If you can proceed past the gate you will find ample parking another 100 metres along the gravel road. A third alternative is to park on the wide shoulder of road 64.
From the gate walk uphill along the gravel road to the bottom of the ski-jump. Walk on the right hand side of the ski-jump, e.g. by using the wooden steps. When you get above the ski-jump landing slope turn a little right and proceed towards the east ridge of Brekkelihaugen. Follow this ridge all the way to the summit. You will first get to the trigonometric point, which is marked by a small cairn, but the summit is located 60 metres north-west.
The descent is best done by reversing the ascent route.
NOTE: there might be a path along the ridge towards Brekkelihaugen, but when this hike was done the ground was covered with a lot of snow.
16. April 2010
I was due to travel with my son's boys-14 handball team for a tournament in Molde. We left Brattvåg after work on Friday and arrived Molde around 19:00. Since there were no matches on Friday night I set out for a short hike, and decided to pay a visit to Brekkelihaugen. I knew this hike would be along a ridge so assumed it to be free of snow, but was severely disappointed when I reached trail head; it was well above 50 cm of snow even down here. As I got up to the big ski-jump I immediately understood that this hike would be done through deep snow, but I decided to proceed and just make one step at a time.
Along the ski-jump's landing slope I took advantage of the snow-free wooden steps, and then turned a little right to get onto the ridge. From here on I was walking in knee-deep snow, and even up to my hips in a couple of short steep sections. But I decided to look at the bright side of things, enjoying being out, enjoying the fact that there was no rain nor wind, and enjoying the prospect of a new hill. So my only problem in life was some snow, which doesn't count as a problem for a short hike, and the fact that I knew there was no chance of any views because of the poor visibility.
At the summit it was very obvious that the point marked as 418 on the maps
wasn't the highest point but instead only the altitude where the trigonometric
point is located. After having visited the highest point, 60 metres north-west
of the trigonometric point, I almost immediately started my descent. And as
usual the descent through loads of snow is much easier than the ascent, in
particular since you know which places to avoid because of depressions. Back at
the car I drove back to the sleeping quarters at a local school, via a short
stop for a coke and a couple of rolls.