Haugafjellet seen from Sævareidvatnet
Haugafjellet is located on Fusahalvøya (peninsula) between the higher Rødsfjell (589m) and the lower Håvikamulen (482m). The views from these peaks are quite good. Well known peaks as S. Gullfjellstoppen, Ottanosi, Gjønakvitingen, Våkefjellet, Fusafjellet, Våganipen, Hovlandsnuten and Tysnessåta are easily identified. You will also have an unobscured view towards Ulvanosa and Englafjell in Uskedalen, as well as mountains near Jondal on Folgefonnhalvøya.
Haugafjellet is easy to hike via a good forest trail in Sævareiddalen valley and a good path up the Haugafjellet north-east ridge. This route should fit everyone and the mountain deserves a visit. Haugafjellet (Hill Mountain) is perhaps a good name. Haugafjellet is half hill and half mountain. But as long as the summit breaks out of the tree line and offers wonderful views, it is safe to call Haugafjellet a mountain.
Haugafjellet (M711: 541m, Ø.K: 540,94m) has a primary factor of 268m towards the higher Bergsfjellet (521m). The saddle is found W of lake Sævareidvatnet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 275m contours on the high route, but not 270m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 273m.
Note: Class ratings are in reference to YDS (Yosemite Decimal System).
Note: The trail described below is not necessarily the easiest trail to this mountain.
Sævareid - Haugafjellet (summer/autumn)
From Bergen, follow highway E16 to Trengereid. Exit right onto highway 7, drive down to Samnangerfjorden, pass two tunnels and exit right onto highway 48 (Tysse). Follow highway 48 for approx. 34,9Km (passing Eikelandsosen) and exit right onto highway 549 (Sævareid/Baldersheim). Follow this road for approx. 5,8Km and exit right towards Solheim. Drive approx. 150m and exit right towards Solheim. Drive 300m up this road and locate a small power transformer building. One car can park here. If taken, locate parking elsewhere.
Follow the gravel road from the transformer building. The road turns quickly into a forest trail. Just as you are about to head into the valley, follow a path indicated by red paint. This path begins just by the first creek you cross. The path joins the wider forest trail higher up. Follow this trail all the way to lake Sævareidvatnet. Enjoy the steep cliffs below Grøntuva on your way up the valley. Parts of this forest trail can be muddy and wet.
When you arrive the lake, notice the bridge to your right. The route to Rødsfjell begins here. Do not cross the bridge. Instead, continue on the trail for a few more yards until you see timber used for getting boats into and from the lake. From this timber, head straight towards the mountain. Behind the pine forest you will find a steep route that takes you onto the Haugafjellet ridge. The path up this route is not very visible and you may have to make it up on your own.
Once up in the pass between two ridges, you will see a vague, but visible path that leads you upwards. Haugafjellet consists of a series of ridges that you have to get on, and off. From where you intersect the ridge, you have 3 larger and some minor ridges that you must cross. The path in general runs from the beginning of the ridge and up to the next. Once on the summit plateau, head SW until you arrive the summit cairn. Interestingly, there is one bush up there, and it obscures the summit cairn from your ascent angle. Descend your ascent route.
After a successful climb on Kvamshesten the day before, I was aiming for a mountain just below the snowline. Våkefjellet near Hålandsdalen was the target for this Sunday. As I was about to get into the car, I noticed how icy the road was, and I decided to put on stub tires. I lost one hour in this process, but knew it was worth it. The roads down in Hålandsdalen were surely iced down. On my way to Indre Arna, the Police had blocked the road. Some power mast had fallen down, or something. I decided to take the ferry from Hattvika to Venjaneset. As I arrived Hattvika, the ferry wasn't leaving for another 30 minutes. Darkness comes early in this season, and I gave up on Våkefjellet. On my way across Fusafjorden I decided to hike Haugafjellet. That was nearby, and I would have all the time in the world.
I knew the trailhead from my hike to Rødsfjell in December 2002. Troll tried to explain that he had done all the walking for the week-end on our trip to Kvamshesten yesterday. We left the car 13:15PM and I carried him for a little while. When I put him down he had forgotten all about the protest. Thank God for short-term memory. I didn't think there would be a trail up to Haugafjellet. I imagined a nightmare up along cliffs and through bushes. I went to the very end of the north-east ridge and started hiking from there. After crossing two ridges I suddenly found a path. It became obvious that this would be an excellent walk up the ridge. Even Troll seemed to enjoy the path.
The hike was quite uneventful but still great. The views just got better for each step upwards. When we finally reached the summit 14:45PM I could enjoy the familar mountains in the horizon while Troll was chewing on his favourite lunch meal. We left the summit 14:55PM and was back at the car 15:55PM.
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