Hallenuten from Bakkestølen (ski)


Estimated net time 45-60 minutes
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water No access to running water during winter.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route, but a bit patchy through the forest (February 2012).
Parking Room for a couple of cars at trail head.
Start height 704 metres
Vertical metres 145 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 2.0 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Hallenuten trail head by Bakkestølen.


Drive road 52 approximately 4.5 km north from Hemsedal centre. Turn right where signed for Grøndalen and drive 2.0 km to where it is signed for "Fagerset" towards left. Cross the small bridge, pay toll (NOK 20 per 2012), and drive in total 1.3 km along this narrow road, to the end of the ploughed road. Park on the left hand side of the road immediately after where another road forks off to the left.

Start skiing by following the unploughed road less than 100 metres before turning right off the road. Ski clock-wise around the dense spruce forest and then south-east towards the summit. There are a number of areas with less dense forest. Follow the west slopes to the summit, which is marked by a trigonometric point marker a few metres east of the highest point.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



24. February 2012

We had been at Hemsedal since Sunday afternoon and I was yet to have skied something proper by Friday. Hence I was extremely keen on something more than a bump this last day before heading back home. But the wind was as strong as it had been all week, and so strong that the Hemsedal ski-centre was closed, so I soon realised that at best I would have to settle for one of the smaller tops. But this didn't tempt me a lot, so instead of getting into the car I did a couple of hours cross country skiing during mid-day. When I got back to our rented cabin at Huso I had to go to Gol to pick up our car which had had its windscreen replaced. But before getting a lift to Gol I packed gear for skiing, just in case I found something of interest (I had two candidates on my list).

After having picked up the car I tried my first candidate, a small top above Gol, but this proved to be a top with dense spruce forest so was abandoned before I got out of the car. I then decided to drive back towards Huso, and had more or less decided to just go back to the cabin and watch ski-jumping on television. However, a last minute moment of inspiration took me past the Huso exit and towards Hemsedal and towards my second candidate; Hallenuten. I didn't know much about this top, and upon approach I started to sense that the north-west slopes that looked ski-able on the maps would be covered by dense forest.

As it turned out there were several open areas through the forest on the north-west side of the mountain, and skiing to the summit was quite easy. And it was made even easier when I found some old (foot) tracks that I could follow. When I got close to the summit I followed the summit rim counter clock-wise to make sure I found the highest point, and also to explore if there were any points which would give me some views. The best view point was found on the south-east side, and this was also where the old tracks ended.

After having located the trigonometric point I took a couple of photos and skied back down to the car, and then back to Huso for sauna and a nice dinner.
Photos 24.02.2012