|Estimated net time||3-3½ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but navigation can be a little tricky from the end of the forest road to the summit ridge.|
|Drinking water||Several streams along the route up to 480 metres.|
|GSM coverage||At best very patch through the valley, else OK (September 2012).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars around trail head.|
|Start height||36 metres|
|Vertical metres||670 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||10.0 km|
The forest road towards Heggdalshornet.
Drive road 659 to Brattvåg, drive through Brattvåg centre, and turn right to continue on 659 to the ferry port in Brattvåg. Get the ferry to Dryna (not to Harøya/Fjørtoft).
From the ferry port at Dryna drive 4.9 km to a T-junction and turn right where signed for "Ramsvik". Drive 5.0 km and turn right for "Molde", and drive across the bridge and through Midsund centre. At the top of the hill, 1.5 km from the junction where you turned right for Molde, turn right towards Heggdal. Drive 13.8 km and find parking on the right hand side of the road a little before a small bridge at the bottom of a small hill.
Start your walk by walking back up the road approximately 40 metres and turn right on to a gravel road leading up amongst the houses. Follow this gravel road a couple of hundred metres and continue straight ahead up a forest road. Stay on this forest road 2.2 km and turn left onto a forest road going uphill. After 60 metres, at the top of the hill, a vague path goes off right. Follow this path across the marsh, in a south-west direction, aiming a little left of the small top on the right side of the gully below the saddle between Oppstadhornet and Heggdalshornet. If you stay on the right side of the stream you're likely to find an animal track through the forest. A little before the top of the gully, and wherever you find it suitable, turn left and head up towards the west ridge of Heggdalshornet. Ypu will find a path up here, vague at the beginning, which can be follow to the summit. The summit is marked by a large cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
21. September 2012
I hit the ferry straight from work this Friday, determined to bag Heggdalshornet and get the 19:25 ferry back home. This seemed to work out well, but when I chose the wrong direction in the forest road junction 500+ metres south of lake Heggdalsvatnet, adding an extra 1+ km to my hike, I mentally started to prepare for the 20:55 ferry. But I pushed quite hard up to the summit, and at the summit I considered my odds to be at least fair in terms of catching the early ferry.
At the summit I enjoyed some nice views, but it was cold and windy, and it started to rain as I approached the summit. The rain continued throughout my descent, but didn't really pick up before I was safely back in my car. And I got to the ferry port with a little bit of margin for the 19:25 ferry.