Storåsen ("The big hill") is a forest area just east of Ravnanger, located centrally on Askøy island Many locals refers to the top as "Dronninga" (The Queen), but this is not quite accurate. While the "Dronninga" elevation is approx. 188m, the high point (approx. 190m) is found approx. 300m further south. The name "Dronninga" refers to a huge old pine tree that once was found here. A plaque has been put in place "in memory of" the pine tree. Also make sure to sign the "summit log" - a book named "Dronningboka". It is found in a mailbox on the top. It is worth while visiting the true high point, as the views are better than from "Dronninga".
The main trailheads are Ravnanger (west) and Ask (east). Wide forest roads will take you far into the forest, and only the last bit runs on normal forest paths. A number of trailsigns will prevent you from taking the wrong turns. Ravnanger is perhaps the most popular trailhead, and parking is also easier on this side. You have good possibilities for making a round trip of your hike.
"Dronninga" also offers good climbing routes. At one point in time, this web page contained a climbing guide.
Askøy island has no tops exceeding 300m elevation, but there are 4 hills that have a primary factor exceeding 100m; Kolbeinsvarden (231m - 231m), Ospåsen (170m elev. -147m pf), Storåsen (190m elev. - 137m pf) and Folleseåsen (166m elev. - 116m pf).
Storåsen (M711: 190m, Ø.K: Highest contour is 190m) has a primary factor of 137m towards the higher Kolbeinsvarden (231m) Two saddles have been found; a) In Skiftedalen and b) NW of Tiurleiken. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 55m contours on the high routes, but not 50m. The saddle heights have been interpolated to 53m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Ravnanger - Dronninga/Storåssen (all seasons)
From Bergen, drive to Askøy (toll road). Once across the Askøy (toll) bridge, follow highway RV562 "Ravnanger". Once out of the Stongafjelltunnelen tunnel, drive 7,2Km on RV562 and turn right when you have a gas station on your left-hand side. Drive 50m and turn right onto the "Litleåsen" road. Follow this road 200m up to "Ravnanger Legesenter". Park there.
Go back onto "Litleåsen" road and follow it straight ahead. Pass a gate and walk on gravel road past a few houses. You meet another road, which is signed "Dronninga". Turn left and follow the "Dronninga" sign all the way to the top of "Dronninga". Note that the very last part of the trail runs on a forest path. Fixed ropes are found here, but it is certainly not steep. I assume that this part of the path may feel awkward when icy.
Storåsen high point:
Half-way between the ropes and "Dronninga", notice a narrow forest path that runs southbound on the forest ridge. Follow this for approx. 150- 200m and you will arrive on a small hump with better views than from "Dronninga". This point is a couple of meters higher than "Dronninga".
Return your ascent route or follow signs to "Haugland", which is not too far away from Ravnanger. Either you end up at the bus terminal or by a gas station closer to Ravnanger.
Trip notes July 10 2005
I was totally defeated by allergy this week-end, but fortunately it was raining this Sunday morning. I had a good hike to Kvitanosi the day before and didn't mind too much that the fog was now covering the mountains. A good opportunity for checking the lower, nearby tops.
I drove to Ravnanger and asked around for the trail. A local guy did his best to confuse me. Among other things he told me that Ospåsen (further north) was Storåsen. I decided to trust my basic instinct and ignored the newly aquired information.
Further asking around produced results, and I was pointed to a trailhead near Ravnanger Legesenter. We (the dog and I) then followed an excellent forest road nearly all the way to the top (the last part was a forest path). I had been told that "Dronninga" was the high point (guess by who), but when I saw the plaque on top, I wondered how likely it was that a famous pine tree stood exactly on the high point. I found a narrow path going south on the forest ridge, and discovered the high point. Approx. 2m higher than "Dronninga", and with a better view. I considered a round trip via Haugland, but returned the same way and headed up to Ulriken instead.
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