Location: North 60.45336, East 005.76576 (GPS on the summit)
Difficulty: YDS class 2
Attempted September 26, 2015.
climbed April 2., 2017.
How to get there:
Drive E-16 from Bergen and exit right at Vaksdal (immediately after
a long tunnel). Drive right, then fork left and go right in a tiny
traffic circle. Go through 2 small tunnels, then take the first road left.
Shortly thereafter, again make the first possible left fork. You will
now see a dirt road running uphill. There is a sign saying that this
road may only be used with the permission of the (local) owners. There
is parking for one car on the left side, immediately after this sign.
Location N60.46527 E005.74517, elevation about 90 meter.
Follow the road as it finds its way uphill. There is a sign part way up
that directs to a trail if you prefer this to the road. Either way is fine,
they meet as they arrive at lake Bogavatnet (467 meter).
Shortly before the road reaches lake Bogavatnet it makes a sharp and very
distinct left turn. This is just after you complete the very steep section
of the road that begins just after the road (concrete here) crosses a pretty
big creek that cascades down from your left hand side.
Leave the road at this bend and cross the small creek, then head uphill to reach
s small plateau (called Neverhaugen), where you find a trail that runs up the main
valley on this side. Cross the plateau and aim for the pretty distinct and
obvious route that runs up some sort of ramp-like terrain near a small creek.
Continue quite steeply uphill to reach the main crest. The summit with the cairn is
located a short distance ahead.
I had time for a relatively short hike today. My choice was Storenuten
above Vaksdal. I read a short trip report, clearly indicating that this
was a less than 3 hour trip. Unfortunately, I did not look at any map,
thinking that as long as I found the trailhead, it would be obvious.
Leaving my car at 1240, I headed up the dirt road and soon reached lake
Bogavatnet. There, I met a local guy that knew the area. I asked him where the trail
to Storefjellet would be. Unfortunately, I said Storefjellet having forgotten that
the proper name was Storenuten. Even more unfortunate, there existed a Storefjellet
as well, trouble being that this mountain is quite far away compared to Storenuten.
I ascended the first hillside, followed a
creek and arrived at a local highpoint.
The terrain was now flat with many small lakes,
no distinct mountain except far in the
After quite a bit of walking, I arrived at a trail register
I could seee the mountain now, but
it looked like walking all the way to the summit and
back from here might take another 2 hours that I absolutely did not have to my
disposal. I signed the register, then turned back.
On the return hike, it was now easy to see
where I should have been. The hike back
went well, a nice view
downslope to Bogavatnet and the fjord below. I was back
at my car at 1445, a total trip time of 3:05, roughly as planned.
A new attempt on this summit. My previous attempt (see above) ended up hiking
in an absolutely wrong direction. I parked at the same spot and started hiking
at 1210. Walking up the road, I almost had forgotten how steep it is after
crossing the cascading creek. Arriving at the bend, I left the road and crossed the creek.
Next followed a rather steep and slippery slope before I connected with the
trail that ran across on the small plateau. The next section looked steep, but certainly
one could safeguard the route with respect to avalanche danger. I advanced up the slope,
partly in snow, partly on snow free terrain. Higher up, I avoided the steep snow
and traded it for some slight scramble. Soon, I was on the top plateau and
in a couple of more minutes the cairn
came into plain view. Arriving there
at 1325, so 1:15 up. I stayed around only 5 minutes, then descended along the
same route. I was back down by my car at 1420.