• Rotten
  • 438 m.
  • Primary factor 135 m.
  • Osterøy, Norway
  • Location: North 60.53493, East 005.56447 (GPS at the summit)
  • Difficulty: (YDS) class 2
  • Climbed June 1. 2013.


How to get there:
Drive from Bergen towards Voss on E-16. After Arna and the Arnanipa tunnel, exit right and cross the large Osterøy bridge. Measure from the far side of this bridge. Continue through the long tunnel and turn right near kilometer 4.7 At kilometer 10.7, make another right, the sign says Hatland. Then again at kilometer 13.6, yet another right, the sign says Fotlandsvågen. Then, finally, at kilometer 15.6, make a final right turn onto a small road. This road climbs in zig-zag curves. At kilometer 19.5, you will see some rather large farm buildings on both sides of the road. Look for parking here, it may be best to ask around in order not to block any farm work. This is the trailhead, location N60.53143, E005.57252, elevation 289 meter.
Route description:
The best place to start uphill is likely from location N60.53143, E005.57252, this is a bit before the road gets to the two large farm buildings. The beginning of the hike should look like this. Head more or less directly uphill on the open, but fairly steep farm field. There is some forest on your right hand side. When the terrain becomes flat, then go right and climb a small, local ridge. As you turn left along the top of this ridge, you will find a gate that allows easy passage through a fence. Follow the vague trail as it descends and turns more left. You will now discover a picnic table on your left hand side. From here, the trail is very well marked with blue painted sticks. There are also information signs posted to teach the visitor some basic facts about the area. The first such sign describes a very common landscape in Norway, a "myr" or bog. The sign tells that such terrain is formed in three different ways, but always as a result of a surplus of water.
Next along the trail, you will see a sign that points uphill where thetrail bends right. Higher up, you will come across another information sign, this time describing the "hjort", a local deer that is very common along western Norway. The trail is now going uphill parallel to an old stone fence. Soon, you will face the "crux" of the route, a slightly steeper and rocky section. There is even a thick rope with knots to be used if somebody should feel a need of assistance. This section is only a few meter and indeed quite easy. The trail makes it to a small hut and an antenna, then continues almost flat along the top ridge to the highest point. Just beyond the highest point, another cell phone antenna has been raised.
This was a very foggy day and I only had time for a short excursion. I arrived at the trailhead around 1340 and talked to a local farmer. I then headed up the steepish farm field and reached the top area without any troubles. Here, I bumped into a picnic table and a very well marked trail that lead directly to the summit. Arriving there around 1405, I took some pictures and left by 1410. I returned more or less the same way


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