Haugfjellet is a top that is difficult to notice, being a high point in a large forest that becomes a bit anonymous between the higher mountains Engsetfjellet, Lebergsfjellet, Liafjellet and Nihusen. The forest roads in this region are frequently used for recreation, but the high point is most likely seldom visited. There are no distinct paths leading to the top, which isn't marked in any way.
The route described on this page runs from Fyllingsvatnet. You can drive all the way to Skodjestølen (toll road), if you want a shorter hike. You'll pass Apalviksætra on this route, and you may have noticed that a road runs directly to Apalviksætra. But this road is not open to the public.
Haugfjellet high point does not offer any particular views, as high trees block most of the view. Note that there are two points of almost the same height on the summit plateau. Høgnosa (or Sætrefjellet - depending on the map), UTM 32 V 386518 6933608 is at least 365m high. 366-367m is probably a more precise estimate, making this top 1-2m lower than Haugfjellet high point, 183m to the west. The 365-367m point is found 70m east of the 362m trig. point found on the 1:50,000 map.
Haugfjellet (Norge 1:50,000: 367m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 368m, UTM 32 V 386701 6933591) has a primary factor of 180m towards the higher parent mountain Engsetfjellet (535m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 387179 6935168) is found near Brautesætra by Lake Mevatnet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 185-190m, interpolated to 188m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Fyllingsvatnet - Haugfjellet
From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 20,2Km and turn left towards "Skodje". Drive 2,4Km and turn right towards "Engsetdal". Follow this road 3Km and you will see the forest road toards Steinsetsætra/Skodjestølen on your right-hand side. Park here, or drive 1,6Km up to Skodjestølen. This is a toll road, and the fee for passenger cars was NOK 20,- per Sept. 2006.
From the parking by the road to Engsetdal, follow the forest road 1,6Km up to Skodjestølen (stay right in the forest road junction after 1,3Km). Follow a visible forest path running southeast to Apalviksætra (approx. 600m).
From Apalviksætra, follow a visible path eastbound (the same path you're already on) and you will run into a tractor road. Turn left onto this tractor road and then immediately right, as the tractor road forks. The tractor road runs south of the Høgnosa forest ridge and climbs gently upwards, alongside the ridge.
The tractor road ends at approx. 280m elevation. Head northeast up towards the forest ridge. Then head east, beneath and alongside the forest ridge, and you will arrive Haugfjellet after crossing a meadow. The high point is not marked, but is obvious in good weather. Consider visiting Høgnosa (365-367m), 183m to the west before you head back to your ascent route.
You can walk on a forest road all the way to Apalviksætra. After you leave E39 (signed "Skodje"), drive 1Km and turn right towards "Solnørdal/Furlia". Drive 1Km and turn left onto a gravel forest road which is locked by a gate 100m ahead. The distance up to Apalviksætra is 2,9Km.
An off-road bike allows you to make a roundtrip on the forest roads described above, also including the tractor road that runs towards Haugfjellet. Don't expect to be ON the bike between Skodjestølen and Apalviksætra (600m).
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