• Rødsfjellet
  • 526 m
  • Primary factor 288 m
  • Hordaland, Norway
  • Location: North (GPS on the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 1
  • Climbed April 15, 2012.


How to get there:
Drive south from Bergen to the village of Os. Make a left in the main traffic circle (in the centre of the village). Drive 1.3 kilometer, turn left and continue to kilometer 8.4.
There is parking for 2 cars about 50 meter before this trailhead, on the right hand side of the road. One car may park on the left side of the road just beyond the trailhead. There is also a small side road, just opposite of the trailhead, with parking options for another 2 cars. The trailhead has a very visible sign saying Rødsfjellet and Møsnuken. The location is N60:14.441 E005:33.148, elevation about 93 meter.
Route description:
From the sign next to the road, follow a forest road that descends slightly, then runs gently uphill above the local farms as it traverses in order to gain the saddle between Rødsfjellet and its higher neighbor Møsnuken. Just as the forest road levels off, you will arrive at a very well signed trailfork. Trail A to Rødsfjellet is marked as a red route, it forks right at this point. There are also signs for Møsnuken (blue route) and a second option, trail B, to Rødsfjellet. For the latter two, one needs to continue further along the forest road.
In fact, if one continues along the forest road, one will first see a well signed trail to Møsnuken, forking left. A bit further along, there is an equally well signed trail (white markers) that goes right and provides option B for climbing Rødsfjellet. It is strongly recommended that one hikes one way up and then takes the alternative trail back down.
This is a round trip hike that is well suited as a family hike with children. Both trails are very well marked all the way. Trail A (the red marked) has a pretty view to the Samnanger fjord, while trail B (white marked) initially runs very nicely in more of a forest. Higher up, both trails will cross open mountain landscape including some small, but very nice ponds. The two trails merge just before the summit. Pay attention on your return hike, in order to follow the trail that you did not take on the uphill climb.
See also the excellent WEB pages of Arnt Flatmo.
I left my car at 1215 and followed the nice forest road to the trail fork. Here, I took the red trail (trail A), uphill to my right. The weather was pretty good, some sunshine and some clouds. The view right to Samangerfjorden was also quite nice.
I arrived at the summit cairn by 1315, so one hour hiking time. I registered in the summit book and noticed, that unlike Gråfjellet, were I was visitor number 2 for the year, this book had many entries, including several from today. After about 10 minutes, I started back down. The red and the white trail runs together for a short stretch, then they split. There is a small sign there. Otherwise, just look for the white (or red) markers. Taking the white trail back down was also very nice. It ran by a tiny lake that looked good in the early spring. Right next to it was another pond, still covered by a thin layer of ice. I was back by my car at 1415, so a 2 hour round trip.