Gråfjellet

  • Gråfjellet
  • 723 m
  • Primary factor 135 m
  • Hordaland, Norway
  • Location: North 60.46817, East 006.57551 (GPS on the summit)
  • Climbed May 4. 2019
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2

Information:

How to get there:
Drive Hwy. 7 (branching off from E-16 in Trengereid) via Norheimsund towards Granvin. About 6 kilometer after Ålvik (the place with speed-bumps), the road enters a tunnel. Just before this, exit left to Lussand. The forest road runs steeply uphill just before the local road crosses the creek. If you have a low clearance vehicle, find parking near the start of the forest road. If you have a high clearance car, then you may drive up this private forest/farm road.
Route:
Follow the forest road uphill. Cross one bridge and continue until just before the second bridge. Locate a small trail (or at least easy terrain) and walk uphill with the creek on your left hand side. Follow local clearings and small meadows until you reach a small lake, Veslevatnet at elevation close to 440 meter. From the lake, continue more or less directly east towards the summit. There may be a few steeper sections, but these can easily be circumvented as needed. The summit has a very nice cairn and excellent views of the Hardanger fjord.
Comments:
I arrived at Lussand around noon and started driving up the small forest road. This was a mistake, the road was more rough than my (low clearance) BMW appreciated. However, once you begin, it is tempting to drive until you find a place to park or turn around. Very slow and careful driving brought me up to the first bridge where a nice parking area revealed itself on my left. This is location N60.46403, E006.54856, elevation about 325 meter.
I left the car at 1220 and arrived at the summit cairn in 45 minutes, a nice and straightforward hike. Good views of the Hardanger fjord, both in the direction of Eidfjord as well as west, out the fjord. I stayed around for 10 minutes, then returned to my car in 35 minutes.

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