Rødsfjell (Røafjell)

  • Rødsfjell (Røafjell)
  • 591 m
  • Primary factor 348 m
  • Lindås, Norway
  • Location: North 60.21221, East 005.79405 (GPS on the 589m cairn)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2
  • Climbed June 15, 2013. (missed the 591 HP)


How to get there:
From Bergen, first drive E-16 towards Voss, take Hwy 7 (right) that forks from the traffic circle at Trengereid. Drive to Samnanger, then through the long tunnel that will exit at the river Tysseelva. Take Hwy-48 going right here. The sign will say Eikelandsosen and/or Mundheim. Continue until you arrive at Eikelandsosen, after a downhill you cross a small bridge all the way down by the fjord (the center of Eikelandsosen is still a bit ahead.) Measure from here as you continue along Hwy. 48. Roughly at kilometer 3.6, as you are heading uphill, there is a small sign pointing right, that says Rød. Take this small exit that forks off the main Hwy. approximately at kilometer 3.9. Immediately turn right again. Now follow this small road as it gains elevation, stay straight at kilometer 4.2. Drive through a small farm and more steeply uphill. Just as you approach a small building, turn right, you will see a trail-sign on the small house. The road is rougher now, one may find parking for one car near a fork where a tractor road heads steeply up left. If you see people on the last small farm, consider asking about where it is best to park. I parked at location N60.23662, E005.80092, elevation about 185 meter.
Route description:
Continue along the forest road and cross a small creek. Just beyond this crossing, a short cut goes up and off to your left. Follow this more or less along a vague trail until you get back onto the forest road. Turn left and follow the road until it ends on a small, local plateau. A small trail continues, there should be a sign saying Røafjellet. From here, the route is marked with red paint on trees and rocks. The trail is often hard to see, but the red paint is pretty consistent. It is fair to say that this is more a route marked with red paint rather than a trail. Continue uphill with the creek on your left. There is a fence, the gate is pretty high upon your right. The route levels off on a meadow. Continue along the right hand side, then cross the creek at the end of the meadow. Another uphill and then the trail traverses on the left side of a small pond. Next, a new meadow before yet another uphill. The trail sort of curves around a bit to the left, fairly flat, before coming to a small, local col. A trail runs downhill, however, the red marked trail bears to the right and traverses into a broad gully, then heads steeply uphill and into this big gully that becomes more distinct higher up. You have cliffs on the left side. Continue uphill, then more level. Note that the route turns left and climbs out of this small, local valley. You now gain a ridge and can see the mountain across a small valley. The route runs directly downhill to the end of a small pond at the bottom. Continue up on the opposite side along a reasonable route, the cliffs are steeper further right. Follow the red marks on gradually easier terrain and gain the small cairn at this (north-east) side of the summit plateau. You will see the main cairn to the south-west. This cairn is marked as 589 meter.
Note however, that the highest point on the map is marked about 100 meter further south-east.
I left the car shortly after 1330, quite optimistic as I had discovered a trail sign with my destination. This should imply that there would be a trail all the way to the summit, while I had been prepared to navigate without trails on this trip.
Heading uphill, it soon became evident that this was more of a red marked route rather than a trail. The red paint was pretty easy to find and I made good progress. Somehow, I missed the marker that showed how the trail would exit from the gully. I ascended up to the ridge and without seeing any red paint, decided to traverse left and cross the valley close to its saddle. This worked ok and I arrived at the big summit cairn at 1515.
After 15 minutes, I hiked over to the smaller and clearly lower cairn across the summit plateau. I considered making a loop to see the steeper face, but decided against it. This was a bad decision in light of my discovery back home that a point across in that direction may actually be about 2 meter higher.
I left at 1530 and followed the red marks more accurately as they crossed the small valley and led me back to the ridge where I had "lost" the route while ascending. I was back at the car by 1630, so one hour on the return.