|Steimsnibba from Hauge
|Estimated net time||4-5 hours|
The whole route is marked by red paint, and most of the route is on path. The lower section of the ascent from Hauge crosses a few sections of slippery rock when wet.
|Drinking water||You cross a few streams along the route.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage at the summit. Else very patchy (July 2010).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars at trail head, but you should ask for permission to park.|
|Start height||160 metres.|
|Vertical metres||1140 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||9.8 km|
Start your hike to Steimsnibba by heading through this gate, at Hauge.
From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and then exit onto road 60 just south of Ålesund. This road is signed for Stranda. Follow road 60 to the Magerholm ferry port and get the ferry across to Aursneset. From Aursneset ferry port follow road 60 for approximately 35 km to where you get to a T-junction. There is an Esso petrol station on the right hand side of the road (per 2010). Turn right here and continue 27.3 km along road 60, towards Stryn and Hellesylt. You're now above Hellesylt and should turn left where signed for Geiranger. After 800 metres turn right, following signs for Vollset. Then turn left after another 400 metres. Follow this road 4.5 km and turn right onto a gravel road where signed for Haugestølen. Find parking somewhere along here. You might be able to park up by the barn, but if so you should ask for permission.
Assuming you have parked all the way up by the barn you should walk back a few metres and then cross the gate. From here you will follow a route marked with red paint all the way to the summit. At the start of the route you cross a number of sections of slippery rock, and the route is also a little boggy in a couple of places.
When you get above the forest the path soon turns right (west) and heads up to some old wooden buildings at 700 metres. From here proceed upwards on the marked path until you get close to a stream coming down from left (west). Here you will see red paint indicating you should turn left, despite the path continuing straight ahead. You should turn left here, following the red paint. There is no path, but the terrain is relatively easy to hike. When you get further up there are some short sections of path, but navigation is easy thanks to the frequent markings of red paint. The last few vertical metres is on boulder.
Just below the summit you will see a nice stone cabin, and there are a number of cairns around the summit. The highest point is located east of the stone cabin and is marked by a cairn.
Descend by reversing you ascent route down to the buildings at Haugestølen (at 700 metres). Proceed another 150 metres, and then either continue on your ascent route, or drop a little and cross the stream on a small bridge in order to ascend via the alternate route to Storstein. When you get down to the road at Storstein turn left and follow the road 450 metres back to your car.
31. July 2010
The plan for this Saturday was Slogen, and the main point was to let our youngest son visit this fine mountain. The party was also to include my friend Håvard, who was going to spend the week-end at our cabin, on his way home to Bærum from a funeral at Molde. But the miserable weather on Friday made us postpone Slogen to a later week-end. However, Håvard still wanted to do Slogen, so the plan was that he and me should drive to Øye and do a direct ascent of Slogen from there. But even before we got into the car on Saturday morning we realised that this was not a good day for Slogen, thanks to low clouds and also fog. We therefore decided to do Steimsnibba, which was in the same direction as Øye.
When we got to our trail head not far from Hellesylt we could see the summit of Steimsnibba, so decided to have a go. As it turned out we were lucky with the weather, with only a few drops of rain and very little fog. However, all the mountains in the neighbourhood were covered with clouds and fog throughout most of our hike, so the views were very limited. At the summit we got a few seconds of visibility into Sunnylvsmolskreddalen valley and Tverrfjellet, but that was just about it when it comes to views.
Because of the many sections of slippery rock during our ascent we decided to
descend via the more southern route through the forest. This proved a good
decision, despite the fact that Håvard managed to slip and hurt is elbow on one
of the few nasty sections. The down-side was that I had to run the 650 metres
back to the car. But we do anything for good friends ...