|Estimated net time||4-5 hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but a little steep if ascending the final hill from south-east.|
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water up to Hoemssætra.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (February 2014).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||235 metres|
|Vertical metres||725 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||9.0 km|
Hoemstinden trail head at Sakselia.
From Ålesund drive road E39 to Sjøholt and continue across Ørskogfjellet. Leave E39 onto E136 and drive 7.8 km to Tresfjord, to where the road starts to turn north (just before the exit to Øvstedal). Continue on E136, and start measuring from here:
- At 4.9 km turn right where signed for "Daugstadsetra".
- At 5.5 km fork left just before a small bridge.
- At 5.6 km turn right.
- At 5.8 km pay toll in unmanned toll booth (NOK 40 per 2014).
- At 7.4 km park on the car park where the road turns a little left.
Start your hike by crossing the wooden bridge below the car park. Continue south on the path, which is marked by a mix of red and blue paint, all the way up to the small houses at Hoemssætra. From here turn right and head south-west up to south of the small lakes Åvatna. Ascend Hoemstinden out on the right hand side of the south-east slopes, which is a little steep but not difficult. When the terrain levels continue the last 200 metres to the summit, which is marked by a small cairn. Note that there is a registration book located on a small top 20 metres north of the summit.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
09. February 2014
I did this hike together with Kjetil, on a fairly nice Sunday. There was some ice and hard snow along most of the route, but with "soft" crampons we had no problems, and the hard snow probably made the hike across the marsh north of lake Trollvatnet easier than during normal summer conditions. When we got to the base of the final hill we decided to hike directly up the south-east slopes.
After a windy summit stop we descended via the path down the south slopes, but this path seems to vanish half-way down the slopes, and we concluded there's no path from Hoemssætra and up to the south slopes.