|Estimated net time||2-3 hours|
|Difficulty||The route isn't difficult but expect to have to use your hands a few places along the summit ridge (in particular on the north side). Apart from this the route is fairly tough given there's no path and some cumbersome boulder in places. But don't let any of this stop you; it is NOT a difficult hike.|
|Drinking water||You will find water in the stream running along the forest road where you park, and there are a few streams higher up that are likely to provide water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (September 2015).|
|Parking||Room for several cars along the road a little before you get to the Løviksetra car park.|
|Start height||477 metres|
|Vertical metres||500 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||3.5 km|
From Ålesund drive road E39 to Sjøholt and continue across Ørskogfjellet. Leave E39 and continue 5.4 km towards Åndalsnes on E136. Turn right where signed for "Løviksetra" and drive 500 metres uphill to the unmanned toll booth (NOK 40 per 2015). Drive another 3.2 km to a little before the end of the road and park on the right hand side of the road.
Start walking by heading 120 metres back down to the first curve, where a path is signed for "Eidhammarsætra", but instead of heading downhill walk uphill (north-west) towards the saddle between Gjølbotntinden and Blåtinden. Turn left when you get to the saddle and follow the ridge the final 50 vertical metres to the summit, which is marked by a small cairn.
From Gjølbotntinden continue 50 metres south before turning left (south-east) and follow the south-east edge of Gjølbotntinden back down to 780m. Turn more left in order to avoid some of the boulder and then gradually turn right when you get to 650m, and follow your ascent route back down to the car.
27. September 2015
Trond contacted me on Friday and asked if I wanted to go hiking with him on Sunday, and my response was the usual "if my health is OK then I'm good to go". On Sunday morning he sent me a text message, saying he would pick me up a little after 09:30, and a little before 10:00 we were on our way towards Tresfjorden. We had two options, Gjølbotntinden and Litleskorka, and decided to wait until we got to Tresfjorden before making a decision on what mountain to hike. As we were driving south along the west shores of Tresfjorden we agreed that the weather around Litleskorka was a little dodgy and headed up to Løviksetra in order to hike Gjølbotntinden.
The route to Gjølbotntinden is a little cumbersome, with no path and a fair bit of boulder, but since I wasn't in mood for breaking any speed records we had a reasonably OK hike. At the summit we could see that the weather was improving, but also that there was fresh snow down to approximately 1200m in the inland mountains.
After a relatively short summit stop we continued down along the south-east edge, across some wet and slippery boulder, but again we didn't have any strict time limits so no running needed. Back at the car we were soon joined by a hunter who thought we had been looking for sheep, but a quick explanation of our business clarified the purpose of our walk.