• Skagsåsen
  • 972 m
  • Primary factor 440 m
  • Hordaland, Norway
  • Location: North 60.10465, East 009.08850 (GPS on the summit)
  • Climbed January 20. 2017
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2


How to get there:
This mountain is located near the valley Numedal, on its east side, where the valley makes a distinct bend. The location is north of the village Veggli, near the southern end of the lake Kravikfjorden.
Locate the road Vergjedalsvegen forking east from Hwy. 40 at location N60.084471, E009.114245. Drive this road about 4 kilometer, where there is a clear road-fork. Go left, across a bridge and about 400 meter from this fork, a smaller road turns sharly left. In winter, this is the trailhead, location N60a12024, E009.12432, elevation about 420 meter.
In summer, this road may provide access to Skagssetre, this would be a much shorter hike. There is also a trail from the north that may provide good access in the summer, but it has not been checked out.

From the trailhead, go west, then south-west as you ascend the hillside directly towards the local poit marked 936m, at the map. The terrain is rugged near the top and one should keep a bit right before ascending the final slope to the main summit.

I had driven from Geilo where the traditional eScience winter-school had just ended. We had then had 4 days at Geilo with temperatures around 5-6 Centigrade, really unheard of in mid January. The snow cover in this mountain region of Norway is thinner than I can ever remember. Almost no snow along roads and on farms and hillsides. When I parked at the trailhead, it became obvious that this climb would be on foot - skiing was out of the question.
I left around 1200 and walked uphill. The terrain was not bad and I quickly made the summit plateau area. Here it became obvious that there were several small tops and that the terrain up here was indeed quite rugged. However, I soon discovered a reasonable approach and made the summit around 1400, 2 hours.
Surprisingly good views all around. This quite unknown top commands a pretty large area around. I spent about 10 minutes before beginning my descent. The return hike took 1:10, with arrival back down by my car at 1520.
I next drove to Blefjell, my plan was to stay overnight at the DNT-hut Sigridsbu.