• Høgstefjellet
  • 464 m
  • Primary factor 194 m
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Location: North 60:29.587 East 005:18.329 (GPS on the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 1
  • Climbed November 20, 2010.


How to get there: From central Bergen, go north on E-39 to Åsane. Continue to the first traffic circle (this may change when Ikea gets its new building completed.) and exit left towards Salhus. Locate the intersection between Hwy. 267a and Hwy. 564. Drive Hwy. 564 in the direction of Salhus, about 2.9 kilometer and look for a small road that goes right while you are on a downhill section of Hwy. 564. This road is Baugtveitvegen, there is a small sign with a hiker on it. Turn right and drive this road as it climbs steeply up a slope with hairpin curves. Just before the hill is completed, locate a turnoff to a small parking area on your right hand side. Park here, this is the trailhead, location N60:29.501. E005:17.359, elevation about 180 meter.
Route description: A round trip hike is recommended, this can be done equally well in each direction. Go back to the small road and continue until it ends (short distance). A big trail continues up and into the trees. Shortly there is a trail fork, continue straight. (the right fork goes to the dam of Baugtveitstemma (242m). The trail continues on the north side of this lake, then climbs to a broad saddle between Høgstefjellet and Tellevikafjellet (391m). There is a trailfork here, turn right, descend to the lowest point in the col, then ascend the gentle ridge towards Høgstefjellet. Høgstefjellet has two summits of nearly equal height. The first one (slightly lower) has a small cairn. It is located at N60:29.623. E005:18.200. The next and (likely highest) summit is about 150 meter farther along the trail.
The descending trail avoids cliffs by staying on the east side. Furher down there is a trail fork and a sign saying Baugtveit (pointing right). Follow this route, the trail is very clear and gets you back to the road just below the parking trailhead. A short trail can be followed in order to avoid the road (last 50 meter).

Comments: I did this hike with my son Tor Erling. He had just returned from Oslo after looking for an appartment, as he begins his new job on December 1 (Snarøya near Oslo).
We started out at 1340, made the summit at 1435. A very good view. One can see the flame from the Mongstad refinery. Perhaps more interesting, one can see several of the offshore oil platforms as well. After taking photos, we left the summit at 1445 and returned to the car by 1530.