|Storetua from Holte
|Estimated net time||2-2½ hours|
|Drinking water||Several sources of running water along the path.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (March 2014).|
|Parking||Room for many cars around trail head.|
|Start height||170 metres|
|Vertical metres||460 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.8 km|
Storetua trail head at Holte.
From the junction between roads 61 and 654 on the island Gurskøya, approximately 18.7 km south on road 61 from the ferry port at Hareid, drive road 61 in the direction of Larsnes.
- At 9.1 km turn right where signed for Gursken.
- At 9.7 km turn right immediately after having crossed a small bridge.
- At 10.1 km turn left onto a gravel road.
- At 10.6 km find parking around the building.
Start your hike by passing the building on either side and pick up the path behind the building. Follow this path north, all the way up to a little below Storetua's east ridge, and then continue west up to the large cairn and registration point at the east end of the wide ridge. From here walk the 750 metres to the summit, which is also marked by a large cairn and holds a summit registration.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
01. March 2014
The fourth and final hike this Saturday, and I was starting to feel a little worn. And a rough chest hadn't helped. But it was partly sunny and I was very motivated, and as always when hiking a new mountain very eager to find out what to see, what to experience, and in general what it is.
At trail head I found the first coltsfoot of the year, and it quite nicely summarised my feeling of spring despite the fact that we hadn't had any snow so far this winter (ignoring the few days of minimal amounts of snow).
It was fine hiking up to the long and wide summit ridge, which was quite windy,
and I noted that a number of the other hikers out today turned around at the
registration point at the east end of the ridge. While descending I met a guy
carrying a large tripod, and on my request he informed me the drive back to
Hareid would take me 30 minutes. I thought it with be quite a bit longer so took
the opportunity to ask two ladies I met a little later, and they gave the same
answer. That made my planning much simpler, knowing exactly what I could do and
not do in terms of changing clothes and stopping for refreshments. And with
about 50 minutes until the next ferry I was able to move into dry clothes and
could stop for a well deserved Coke before getting home a little under 12 hours
after leaving home.