|Dusetind from Pålsbudammen
|Estimated net time||2½-3 hours|
|Drinking water||You cross a small stream close to the power line, but the quality of the water is dubious.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (July 2012).|
|Parking||Room for a few cars around trail head, or on either side of the dam.|
|Start height||765 metres|
|Vertical metres||485 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||9.2 km|
From the three-way junction (Geilo, Nesbyen, Rødberg) north of lake Tunhovdfjorden, drive 4.2 km west in the direction of Geilo. Turn left where signed for "Pålsbu" and drive 2.5 km to a junction after the second of the two bridges below the Pålsbudammen dam. Turn right here and then make sure you drive straight ahead after 200 metres, and drive another 300 metres to an old gate. You will see a forest road going uphill on the left hand side of the road. Finding parking can be a little difficult, and you need to make sure you don't block for other traffic if you park along the road.
Start your hike by following the forest road uphill. Then fork left onto a path marked with red paint after less than 200 metres. This path crosses the forest road 100 metres later, and you should continue on the path on the other side of the forest road. When you get out of the forest, 1.9 km from trail head, you get to some old wooden buildings at Turrhaug. Immediately after these buildings a forest road starts, but you should continue to follow the path marked with red paint which starts to the right of the forest road. 350 metres from Turrhaug the path crosses the forest road and you should turn right and follow the forest road 550 metres to where a path forks off to the left. This path is easy to follow and will take you all the way to the summit, which is marked by a cairn.
Descend by reversing the ascent route.
31. July 2012
The weather forecast for this Tuesday wasn't very promising so Håvard and I decided to postpone to some later year our plan to hike Reineskarvet. And since Håvard was more keen on doing cabin maintenance than hiking, I set off for a hike which wouldn't consume many hours in terms of driving and walking; Dusetind.
By looking at the available maps I wasn't able to identify any paths to this top, but a path up to Turrhaugnatten seemed like a good start to get up to a reasonable altitude, and I assumed hiking to Dusetind from somewhere along this path would be an easy hike. But it turned out the off-path ground from south of Turrhaugnatten was covered by small bush, making hiking very cumbersome. But when I got to where I crossed the power lines I spotted a path heading towards Dusetind, and from here on the hike was as easy as one could hope for.
Just before I got to the summit it started to rain lightly, and at the summit the precipitation had turned into light hail. This lasted throughout my short summit stay and for the first 5-10 minutes of my descent. But my descent was made easy by being able to follow the path all the way down to the marked path south of Dusetind, and from joining the marked path it was an easy walk back to the car.