clock-wise from Skjærsjøen
|Estimated net time||2½-3 hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but the route is a little cumbersome in terms of navigation, and it goes through a lot of wet and partly boggy areas.|
|Drinking water||You cross a couple of streams.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (August 2012).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||235 metres|
|Vertical metres||515 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||9.2 km|
Assuming you arrive Steinkjer from south on road E6 start measuring when you exit the small tunnel "Måsørtunnelen" in Steinkjer:
- At 2.6 km you exit the tunnel "Eggetunnelen".
- At 8.1 km turn left onto road 17, signed for "Namsos".
- At 18.3 km turn right where signed for "Dalbygda".
- At 18.5 km fork left.
- At 18.8 km pay toll at unmanned booth (NOK 80 per 2012).
- At 19.0 km fork left.
- At 19.4 km turn right.
- At 24.9 km fork right.
- At 25.5 km fork right.
- At 27.6 km turn right where signed for "Bleia".
- At 29.4 km park on the car park on the left hand side of the road.
Start your walk by crossing the small bridge-like installation on the opposite side of the road to the car park. You will find some paths in the beginning, but you soon need to bear a little right and head directly south. After approximately 500 metres you should start to turn a little left (east) and continue across the marsh areas north of the forest. After almost 2 km you need to turn right (south) and start heading uphill. Find your best route south and then south-west, noting that there are a number of small valleys that will require some small de-tours as some of them have quite steep sides. The most difficult of these valley crossings is the last before the summit, and you have to identify the best route based on personal evaluation. The summit is marked by a proper cairn.
Descend by heading back down into the first valley and then turn left, following this valley towards west. You will find a track going down here. You will need to leave this track at some stage since it is heading too far south relative to your trail head, but you should not turn right (north) before you're below most of the forest. Following the track for approximately 1.5 km will give you a long stretch of march ahead of you, which is easy to follow. Continue another 3-400 metres when the track turns left for the second time, and then turn right and head north. When you reach the gravel road turn right and walk back to the car park.
02. August 2012
Njål and me had decided to spend the last few days of my summer holiday by visiting our friends in Steinkjer; Torill and Einar, with their boys Martin and Sondre. We left home Thursday morning and arrived Egge 16:30 after a relatively slow drive thanks to tourists with no inclination to look in their mirrors and let drivers past. It's quite annoying when people can be so ignorant that they do 30 km/h in 80-zones and don't let the queue pass them; no wonder there are accidents because of hazardous over takings.
After a nice meal served by Torill we agreed that Einar and me would get some exercise done, and that Jønnemsklumpen would be a nice view point to visit. Einar knew the area very well from skiing, but wasn't sure about the summer route and had a suspicion that it might be quite wet. And the hike did indeed turn out to involve a fair bit of marsh, but the ground was relatively firm so walking and jogging was easy enough. A small issue we had with the chosen route, thanks to trying to short-cut a little compared to the normal skiing route, was that we had to cross a number of small valleys with some steep sides, and hence had to throw in some extra metres in order to get around the steep sides.
From the summit we had excellent views all around, and I concluded that if the route to this top had been a little less cumbersome it would definitely deserve a lot of hikers.
For our descent we decided to try an alternative route, by heading down the gully just north of the summit. We found a vague path here, but unfortunately this path took us far too west compared to what we wanted, so eventually we decided to leave the track and head directly back to our car. This worked fine, with more marsh of course, and after a little more than two hours of fine hiking and a lot of talking we were back at the car.