Kvernhatten, 590m (Kvennhatten)

Fylke/Kommune : Brønnøy/Nordland
Maps : 1825-IV Velfjord (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Maps : 1825-I Tosbotn (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary Factor: 327m
Hiked : Jul 1997, May 2003, Nov 2003, Aug 2005
See also : Middagstinden
See also : Breidvasstinden
See also : Hardangsfjellet
See also : Øyrtinden
See also : Straumsfjellet
See also : Dalaunfjellet
Kvernhatten seen from the road

Kvernhatten seen from the road

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Kvernhatten is one of the lower Velfjorden mountains, located above Lake Sausvatnet. Kvernhatten is from time to time part of "Fjelltrimmen" - 10 mountains that hikers are encouraged to visit during the year, and the route described on this page was properly marked because of "Fjelltrimmen". Throughout the years, the locals have visited Kvernhatten by a number of routes in addition to this one.

The mountain massif that stretch from Råkfjellet via Engelvikfjellet, Øyrtinden and Snøfjellene block the eastern views, but the coastal view is excellent. Kvernhatten was always popular mountain because of the views and even more so as the trail has been part of "Fjelltrimmen".

Primary Factor

Kvernhatten (M711: 590m, Ø.K.: 590,47m) has a primary factor of 327m towards the higher Landfjellklubben (662m). The saddle is found just N of Lake Grunnvatnet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartver (5m contours), you cross the 265m contours on the high route, but not 260m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 263m.

Trail descriptions:

Notes: Class ratings are in reference to YDS. Click here for more information.

The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.

Highway RV76 - Kvernhatten (all seasons)

Difficulty : Class 1 (YDS)
Exposure : None
Comments : Some boggy fields
Distance : Approx. 2,9Km to the top
Time : Approx. 1,5 hours to the top
Starting Elev.: Approx. 25m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 565m

Map of the area
Map of the area
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Detailed map
Detailed map
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From the RV76/RV17 junction at Skillvika outside Brønnøysund, follow highway RV76 for approx. 34Km. Along the way you have passed the places Hommelstø and Sausvatn. The trailhead is found at the end of a long stretch just before the road curves to the right. When Kvernhatten is part of "Fjelltrimmen", the Vassbotnet parking and the trail will be signposted. The parking area is located 50m before the trailhead, on the right-hand side of the road (if you come from Brønnøysund) and has room for 5-6 cars.

The route

If not signposted, the tractor road can be hard to see at first. But it is there, approx. 50m SE of the parking area. The tractor road switchbacks upwards on the south side of Forhatten. Above 130m elevation, the road forks. Go right and follow the road to road end. Continue on forest trail (boggy) and subsequently follow Kvernhatten's northwest ridge all the way to point 486m where the trail turns eastbound and runs directly up to the summit. The ridge route also involves crossing of a meadow that gets quite boggy after rain. Descend your ascent route. Landowners disapprove of hikers during the autumn moose hunting season.

Trip Report Aug 2 2005

My August vacation had begun and while I would go off hiking and climbing cool mountains, my dog "Troll" would spend the month up here in the north with my mom. I had a great week up here, visiting lots of nice mountains. Due to a seriously nice party with friends the night before, I didn't feel for going anywhere else but to our local mountain Kvernhatten. I brought along my dog. In a sentimental mood, I invited the dog to come along for our last hike before I headed out on my August adventures. My dog is obviously not of the sentimental kind and responded with an "absolute" sit-down at the beginning of the trail.

Troll entered the backpack 11:25AM, where he remained until we reached the summit 1 hour later. We were not the best of friends by then, and while Troll (well realizing this) tried to become invisible next to the summit cairn, I sat down and reflected on the events taking place here nearly two years ago.

My dad (born 1938) grew up here and from his kitchen window, he could see directly up to the Kvernhatten summit. This was "his mountain", throughout his lifetime. After a series of cardiovascular accidents during the 1990's, a number of muscles were partly paralysed. He could walk, but had to drag his foot along the way. Apparently, he wanted to visit "his mountain" one last time, but had problems finding people who wanted to come along. Quite naturally, given his condition. So what do you do? One autumn day in 2003, he set off on his own and phoned us from the top of the mountain. Proud from top to bottom.

He nearly made it all the way down, but a massive cardiac arrest forced him to give up. By this time, we had called friends who formed a search party. It had turned dark, but it didn't take long before they found him. Our friends kept him company until the ambulance arrived. He never regained consciousness and passed away at the hospital.

Everyone knew how much he wanted to reach this top, one last time. In my mind, I believe this has to be the best of endings. These were some of my thoughts when I left Kvernhatten this nice autumn day. Troll followed willingly along, knowing there would only be downhill from now on.

Pictures from the Aug 2 2005 hike:

1. View on the way to Kvernhatten (1086KB) 2. A bird keeps watching me (94KB) 3. Summit panorama from Kvernhatten (1408KB) 4. Summit panorama from Kvernhatten (1485KB) 5. Middagstinden seen from Kvernhatten (214KB) 6. Andalsvaagen mountains seen from Kvernhatten (467KB) 7. Vega mountains seen from Kvernhatten (232KB) 8. Where I grew up (183KB) 9. Saus - lots of family here (607KB) 10. Troll on Kvernhatten (261KB)

Pictures from later in the day, visting the place in Brønnøysund where my mom's new house is being built.

11. Torghatten seen from RV76 (222KB) 12.  Ramntinden (272KB) 13. Ramntinden (277KB) 14. The construction yard (320KB) 15. Good views from the construction yard (936KB) 16. Nice beach (867KB) 17. Somna mountains (643KB)

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Trip Report May 25 2003

I was on a quick visit in Velfjorden, located east of Brønnøysund in Nordland Fylke. This is where I lived from age 2 to 6, and where I have spent at least 25 great summers and other vacations. The purpose of the trip was to bring the dog back to "reality". He had spent nearly two months in great tranquility up here, and I was wondering what kind of shape he was in. I had decided to take him on a hike to Kvernhatten the same day, and get my answers there.

It was forecasted rain in the afternoon, but the weather was gorgeous. The trailhead was only a couple of kilometres from our place, and there was a "Fjelltrimmen" parking sign along the road. Very convenient. The forest road started only a few yards from the parking. Already in the steep forest road, I could see that Troll was not quite sure if this was how he wanted to spend the afternoon. It was clearly warm, and his tongue was touching ground.

At the place where the forest road forks (the trail follows the right fork), Troll decided to take a rest for an infinite period of time. I had no backpack, and carried him in my arms for 5 minutes. The pause did him good, and he kept a good pace up the trail in the pine forest. The trailbreakers had done a good job. The trail was easy to follow, and red "T" markings appeared everywhere. Out of the pine forest, we crossed a small meadow that is guaranteed to be soaking wet after rain, before we started to head up a long ridge in a birch forest. The ground was moss, and Troll's strength quickly vanished. I carried him halfway up the ridge, until the Moss got harder. Now that Troll had the summit in view, he found the motivation to finish the hike in style. We both welcomed the stream just below the summit, as one gets thirsty up here, on a warm day.

The views from above the birch forest gave promise of greater views from the summit. And I was not disappointed. A chilly wind cooled us both down, and I layed down flat on the summit, just enjoying life. It took us 1h:5m to the top. Troll was running in circles, looking for his regular summit lunch box, but there was none. Troll uttered serious disappointment. I took a lot of photos on top, especially towards Heilhornet, which I am about to hike later in 2003. This was clearly a popular mountain. I signed in the guestbook as #10 that day, and more hikers were on the way up the mountain. After 25 minutes on top, we headed down, and Troll showed no sign of a two-month rest. A wonderful afternoon hike, recommended to anyone who is driving from Brønnøysund towards highway E6.

Pictures from the May 25 2003 hike:

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1. View towards Flatmo, from the forest road (142KB) 2. Summit appears, below the birch forest (186KB) 3. Anddalshatten captures the attention (120KB) 4. Below the summit (142KB) 5. Troll finds the day quite hot (161KB) 6. The higher neighbour mountains (455KB) 7. Sea view from the summit (337KB) 8. Troll and the summit cairn (162KB) 9. Heilhornet seen from Kvernhatten (75KB) 10. Sausvatn, where I grew up (145KB) 11. Saus, where I have friends and family (184KB) 12. Hardangsfjellet (98KB) 13. Somna mountains seen from Kvernhatten (250KB) 14. Troll gets ready for descending Kvernhatten (198KB)

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Other pictures from the car:

1. Torghatten seen from Bronnoysund (118KB) 2. Anddalshatten seen from Velfjorden (124KB) 3. Velfjorden mountains (314KB) 4. Tosenfjorden and great mountains (267KB) 5. Middagstinden, by Tosenfjorden (98KB) 6. Torghatten seen from Skillvika (102KB) 7. Donnamannen and Syv Sostre, seen from Bronnoysund (120KB) 8. Vega seen from Bronnoysund (136KB) 9. Mosaksla and Anddalshatten seen from Bronnoysund (102KB)

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Pictures from the Nov 29 2003 hike:

1. The ridge is in view (136KB) 2. Sunrise or sunset. Hard to tell (110KB) 3. Heilhornet seen from Kvernhatten (91KB) 4. Summit view from Kvernhatten (317KB) 5. Summit view from Kvernhatten (426KB) 6. Zoom view from Hardangsfjellet 7. Zoom view from Grøndalsfjellet 8. Kvernhatten

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