Klubben seen on the road to Tysso
Klubben is a forest hill located on the west side of the Tyssedalen valley. Tyssedalen connects the small Tysso community with the large lakes in the central parts of Osterøy. Klubben falls in the shadow of the much higher Høgafjellet (highest on Osterøy), and based on the lack of a summit marker and trails, this hill is probably not often visited, although the northern views are not bad.
The Nonkletten and Sørkletten hills north of Klubben are probably more frequently visited. A marked trail runs from Tyssedalen to Sørkletten, which I believe is a part of "Osterøytrimmen" - a defined set of hills and mountain that people are encouraged to "collect". Klubben is the highest point in this region, but Sørkletten is also a ranked top with a primary factor of approx. 108m towards the higher Klubben.
Klubben has a primary factor of 179m towards the higher Høgafjellet. The saddle is found just east of Anorkletten. The last adjacent 5m contour lines (Norgesglasset detail map) are 175m. The saddle has been interpolated to 173m.
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.
Lake Osvatnet - Klubben via Tyssedalen (summer/autumn)
From Bergen, follow highway E16 towards Oslo. Shortly after Arnanipatunnelen (tunnel), exit right towards Osterøy. Pass the toll station on the other side of the bridge (fee is NOK 40,- for passenger cars per Sep 2003). From the toll station, drive approx. 9,9Km and turn right in a roundabout. Follow highway 567 to Tysso for approx. 25,8Km.
Alternatively, from the roundabout after 9,9Km, drive 5,4Km and in Lonevåg exit right towards "Hatland". Follow this road for 11,5Km to Fotlandsvåg (after 6,3Km you pass the Tveitafjellet trailhead). From Fotlandsvåg, turn right and follow the road to Tysso for 6,6Km.
You are now in the center of Tysso with a large building on your left. Turn right onto a narrow, paved road, just before the bridge in front of you. You see a pipeline coming down alongside the road. The road is not signed. Follow this road upwards for 1,1Km (stay right in a Y junction along the way) and locate a forest road to your right. Find parking here.
Follow the forest road upwards. When the road takes a dive into a crossing stream, cross via a bridge on your right. Approx. 1,2Km up the valley, you pass a green mailbox on a tree on your right hand side. The marked trail to Sørkletten takes off to the right. Continue on the road you were on, which now turns into a forest trail. On the other side of a long meadow, before the trail climbs, you pass the "Høgafjellet" and "Vare" trailsigns. Follow the trail towards Vare, to the right. The trail climbs up to the pass between the western pass between Høgafjellet and Anorkletten (the hump to your left in the saddle is called Haldorkletten. The name is not on the map).
When you are in the saddle, turn right and hike straight up into the forest. Within few minutes, you join a crossing path. This trail runs in parallel to the path you were following, from the point where a boggy meadow forces the trail to run under some trees. This is shortly before you arrive the saddle. So you may hike up and join this trail whenever you want, from this point and to the saddle.
Follow the path inside the forest in SW direction. Up to your right are some cliffs that you need to bypass on the left. The path will take you around these cliffs. The path is less visible from here on. Expect to hike off-trail. Set a course that takes you to the meadow between Klubben and Anorkletten. Then set course for Klubben. Return the same way you came.
I had been waiting most of the day for the rain to stop. By 16:00, it cleared up, and I gambled on that it had stopped raining on Osterøy also. I had some remaining forest hills to do, and picked Klubben as the target for the evening. I had a very hard time choosing the trailhead. This hill could be reached from a number of locations. My first choice was from Vare, but a cliffband on the map signaled trouble. I knew those cliffbands on Osterøy, and I decided on Tysso as the starting point. This was an area I knew from earlier hikes to Høgafjellet.
Halfway to Tysso I drove into a "wall" of rainshowers, and put on the raingear when I arrived the trailhead. It had been a while since I used those, and I couldn't exactly remember when. It had obviously been a good summer. I left the trailhead 17:35PM. The forest road was suitable for slow driving, but after 10-15 minutes of walking, the road was flooded by a crossing stream. When the forest road ended, the trail was soaking wet. The off-trail terrain was even more wet, so I decided to stick with the trail as long as possible.
At the pass between Høgafjellet and Anorkletten, I left the trail to avoid descending down to lake Gardstjørni. I started hiking up the forest, left of the east cliffs below Anorkletten. Just as I joined a forest path, a herd of 5-6 deer scared the daylights out of me. And perhaps I scared them equally. Their pace could indicate so. I followed the path which took me around Anorkletten, and then I lost sight of the path. Putting up markers in the terrain for my return, was of no use. The GPS had very bad coverage below the steep Høgafjellet cliffs. I could only rely on getting familiar with the area. Fortunately, there was no fog, and the visibility was good.
From the meadow below Klubben, it was just a matter of following the best route upwards. I reached the summit 18:40PM, which was not marked in any way. I had a fairly good view to the north, but the western and southern views were blocked by trees. In the east, the steep walls of Høgafjellet blocked any view. I quickly turned around, managed to follow my route back to the pass, and I arrived the trailhead 19:25PM.
When I started writing this web-page, I discovered that Sørkletten, which I had easily ignored, was a hill with primary factor of more than 100m. Which in turn means that I have yet one more hike from lake Osvatnet to do before I can "sign off" this region.
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