Heidalsmuen is a dominating mountain, located between the Øst-Jotunheimen and Rondane mountain regions, between highways RV51 (Valdresflya) and E6 (Oslo-Trondheim) and between the valleys Muradalen and Heidal. The views are tremendous from this mountain, and large parts of southern Norway can be seen from this mountain.
The gentle, rounded shape of this mountain allows for ascent from all sides, but the typical ascent routes are from the north, west and south. This web-page describes a route from the south, which is without comparison, the shortest route to the top.
This is a very nice area for skiing. In addition to the other nearby tops (Storhøi and Saukampen), one can ski towards the eastern Valdresflya mountains - Sjugurdsjøpiggen, Sikkildalshøi, Dyrtjønnhøi, to name a few. And without road crossings.
Thanks to high mountain (toll) roads, the mountains in this region is very accessible. The Stålane - Kværnbru road runs between Storhøi and Heidalsmuen, connecting Muradalen and Heidal, and offers a high start (1090m) towards either mountain. If you drive up Muradalen, you can follow mountain roads all the way up to 1030m elevation.
Heidalsmuen (Norge 1:50,000: 1745m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 1744,80m, UTM 32 V 517886 6833521) has a primary factor of 962m towards the higher parent mountain Sikkildalshøi. The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 514243 6824683) is found south of Lake Muvatnet. Point 783m southwest of Lake Muvatnet is found in wetlands, which drain towards the north. Nearby, a stream comes from Buvasshøi and drains south. The saddle is found between this stream and the wetlands, and we'll let point 783m represent the saddle point.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Bilbensætrin - Heidalsmuen via the south ridge (summer/autumn)
From Otta, follow E6 southbound 11Km. Turn right towards "Randsverk/Heidal" (RV257) and follow this road 26,9Km. Turn left towards "Muradalen". This road turns into gravel after 9,8Km and after 12,5Km you reach the self-served toll booth (NOK 40,- for passenger cars per Aug. 2006). After 17,5Km you reach a junction. Turn right and drive to road end (4,1Km) - Bilbensætrin. Find parking here.
From Valdresflya, follow RV257 eastbound 4Km before you turn right towards "Muradalen".
Locate a visible path heading northeast. Follow this path to 1100m elevation and aim for Heidalsmuen's south ridge. On the ridge, you will find a ridge path (and cairns in the boulder area) that you can follow all the way up to a viewpoint at 1660m elevation. From this point, pass a "false summit" (1736m) and continue the remaining 600m to Heidalsmuen summit.
Descend your ascent route, or; head northbound and gradually descend to the west. At 1270m elevation, you will cross a vague path that runs along the west side of the mountain. You can follow this path all the way to a cairn, where you have view back to the trailhead. The path continues, possibly traversing the mountain side and joins your ascent route up the south ridge. We chose to leave the path here, descend southbound into awkward terrain and join the road 700m west of Bilbensætrin.
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