|Estimated net time||2 hours|
Most of the hike is done on fine forest road. The last 700 metres is done off-path in open forest.
|Drinking water||No access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route, but a bit patchy in places (July 2010).|
|Parking||Room for a few cars at trail head.|
|Start height||205 metres|
|Vertical metres||190 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||8.1 km|
There are many route towards trail head, but these pages assumes you arrive trail head from west on road 21. Either drive north on road 21 from Ørje, or you can turn left where signed for Skislett on road E18 a little before you head south on the west side of lake Rødnessjøen. Whatever route you follow drive road 21 east/north-east at the north end of Rødnessjøen. From Jåvall (the intersection of roads 21 and 125) drive approximately 11.5 km to where road 21 crosses lake Langvann. This is 300 metres after you enter Rømskog municipality. From here drive another 2.0 km and turn left onto a gravel road. Park immediately after leaving road 21.
Start walking by following the gravel road left, past a gate. Fork left after 500 metres, and continue straight ahead at the four-way junction 1.4 km later. Continue another 1.3 km, and at the highest point of the road, after a long stretch, turn right onto an old forest road. This forest road runs north-east and then directly east for 230 metres, getting considerably more visible when it starts to climb. When the forest road ends head directly east through the forest to the summit. The summit is marked by a small cairn, located behind a tree, on top of a small elevation.
The descent is best done by reversing your ascent route.
11. July 2010
I had arrived Sarpsborg on Friday night (actually early Saturday morning), and after a lazy Saturday I was very keen on some hiking this Sunday. After breakfast I suddenly got some inspiration to take on the long drive required to visit the high point of Østfold municipality, and after a 1½ hours drive I found myself at the trail head. For a change I was well prepared in terms of waypoints loaded to my GPS so I was confident I would find the summit despite the forest obstructing all views.
After the longish hike along the gravel road through the forest I found a suitable place to leave the forest road and head for the forest. Luckily there was an old (as in very old, and just visible) forest road heading my direction, and after 100 metres or so it became very good and took me up the steepest slope. And then it ended! From here I walked with the GPS in my hand, navigating towards the summit, which I more or less stumbled across. And to my satisfaction I found a small cairn located behind a tree, making me confident I had found the true summit. This was later proven when I got home and loaded my GPS tracks onto my PC.
Soon after I started my descent it started to rain, at times heavily, but it was
warm so some rain only helped to cool me down. As always when out hiking in
forests I kept an eye out for wild mushrooms, and around half way along the
gravel road I found a fine cluster of chantarelle, which I collected in the
small plastic bag I have learned to carry when hiking (in the event of me
finding berries or mushrooms). Then some more running, with a bag of mushrooms
in my hand, and a quick change of clothes before driving back to Sarpsborg.