• Middagshaugen
  • 332 m
  • Primary factor 173 m
  • Location: North 60.67839, East 005.74389 (GPS at the summit).
  • Vaksdal, Norway
  • Difficulty, YDS class 1
  • Climbed on November 1. 2020


How to get there:
Drive E-16 from Bergen. Continue E-16 past Trengereid towards Voss. Continue passing Dale, but then turn left at Dalseid, onto Hwy. 569, signed for Romarheim. The road crosses the fjord at Straume and continues to the small community Stamnes. The road curves left, you pass a small (private) bridge that crosses left, take the second road right, it should be named Stamnesvegen. Parking is a problem near the trailhead, there may be space for one or two cars. There is a better place to park about 150 meter up the road on your right. This location is N60.66690, E005.75798, elevation about 30 meter.
Route description:
Continue up the road, then turn right, the road climbs in a few turns before reaching the trailhead at location N60.66818, E005.75689, elevation about 80 meter.
An old farm road forks left and uphill. Follow this road until you get to a signed fork. First, one trail forks left, then another trail signed for Middagshaugen, forks right. Take this trail, climbing uphill. The trail ascends in this steepish hillside, traversing to reach a small valley with a creek. Cross and ascend into more gentle terrain with wet meadows. The route circles around a small hill on the right before climbing the final hill to reach Middagshaugen. This is a fine viewpoint, the side facing the fjord is almost vertical. The first viewing area has trail registers, however one must continue along the cliff a bit more than 50 meter to reach the highest point.
There is an annual hill running competition from the Stamnes village to Middagshaugen in August.
This was my second hike of the day, I started at 1430. It had been raining on and off all day, the trail would be wet and slippery. The trail is well marked and I arrived at the summit after 45 minutes. The highest point is not marked and located a bit further along the cliff. Very good views, one can see the fjord system on both sides of Osterøy. Looking south to Stamnes, one also can see how the fjord extending towards Voss branches east.
I spent about 10 minutes on top before returning. On the way back, I met a young woman. She was local and wanted a hike before the day ended. It would begin to get dark before she would be back.