The Knutshoe ridge
Do not confuse Knutshøe/Knutshøi/Knutshø by lake Gjende with the Knutshø mountains on Dovrefjell. Knutshøe by lake Gjende is a long ridge that cuts between lakes øvre and nedre Leirungen. The northwest side of the ridge falls down to lake Gjende. The ridge is popular amongst hikers, and you will find a well worn path across the ridge.
Knutshøe is a good alternative to the more famous neighbour ridge Besseggen. From a litterature perspective, there is a debate if Peer Gynt was thinking of Knutshøe instead of Besseggen when he spoke of "Gjendineggen". Parts of the Knutshøe ridge is steep and airy in places, but does not let this prevent you from visiting this fun mountain when you are passing Valdresflya.
Knutshøe has a primary factor of 427m towards the higher Bruskardknappen. The saddle is found at the east end of the ridge, where the 1100m contours meet. The saddle is interpolated to 1090m.
Note: Class ratings are in reference to YDS (Yosemite Decimal System).
Valdresflya - Knutshøe (summer, autumn)
From Valdresflya Vandrerhjem, drive northbound approx. 10Km and locate a turnout on the left hand side on the way down Vargebakkan. The trail begins here.
Cross the river Varga via bridge and follow unmarked, but visible trail in direction of Knutshøe. The trail follows for the most part the high ridge. The initial section is steep. Look closely for the trail. One may contine over the summit and return to the trailhead via path in Leirungsdalen valley.
It's been too long since I did this hike, and the details have escaped me.
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