Raudlifjellet hidden behind Solbakkafjellet
When watching the mountains between Bergen and Os from Gullfjellet, Raudlifjellet is far from the first mountain that catches your attention. But Raudlifjellet offers a nice high forest ridgewalk with great views towards the Fana and Bergen mountains. One also has a decent view towards Mønuken, but the views towards Gullfjellet and Sveningen massifs are obscured by trees.
Many names seem to apply for this mountain/high forest hill, dependent on which map you read, or whom you talk to. Some refer to the entire ridge as Nordhordalandskulten. Those who live by Tømmernes refer to the mountain as Tømmernesfjellet. A little further south, the mountain is known as Selafjellet. On top of this, the summit register says Ørnahaugen. But as always, I stick with the M711 series, and the 396 summit is referred to as Raudlifjellet.
"Nordhordalandskulten" indicates that the mountain used to mark the border between Nordhordaland and Sunnhordaland. The kommune border between Bergen and Os runs across the ridge.
Raudlifjellet (M711: 396m, Ø.K: -, N60 16.262 E5 28.382) has a primary factor of 318m towards the higher Sveningen (842m). The saddle is found S of lake 65m. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 80m contours on the high route, but not 75m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 78m.
Note: Class ratings are in reference to YDS (Yosemite Decimal System).
There are a few trails that leads to Raudlifjellet. The route described below is class 1 all the way. Handholds may be required just before Nordhordalandskulten on a section of rock that might be slippery after rain, but nothing that could raise the classification on this trail.
Tømmernes - Nordhordalandskulten - Raudlifjellet (all seasons)
From Bergen, follow highway E39 towards Os and Stavanger. Just before Søfteland, exit left over a bridge just after a gas station on the right hand side of the road. The road is signed "Tømmernes". Drive 300m and exit right onto a narrow forest road next to a red barn. Drive approx. 100m and find a place to park.
Cross the stream over a bridge and follow a wide forest road upwards. Approx. 500m after the bridge, the forest road ends, and it is not clear where the trail begins. The map even has a gap at this point. But seek left, cross the stream and go upwards with the stream on your right and a high ridge up on your left.
After a few minutes, start seeking back towards the stream, and you will pick up the vague trail. The trail will slowly move away from the river and you are eventually joining the ridge up to your left. Approx. 600m after you crossed the stream, you arrive at a small, open meadow. Continue approx. 100m, and locate a vague trail that runs down to the river. Cross the river and climb straight up until you join a trail that come in from the left.
Very soon, you should see a winter tent in the forest. The next task is to get up on the high ridge. Follow the trail past the tent and when you arrive a small lake, the trail turns left and joins the main ridge trail (coming from the south) in a small saddle. A distinct hill is up on your right when you arrive the saddle.
From here on, follow the main ridge trail all the way to Raudlifjellet summit. At the beginning of the high ridge, you will arrive at a small cairn. Great south views from here. The trail continues to Nordhordalandskulten summit, marked by a red/white trig. point. It is approx. 900m from the first cairn to Nordhordalandskulten. The marking on the ridge trail is very good. Red/white paint on trees and rocks. The trail is also much better (still narrow) than you've encountered so far. From Nordhordalandskulten, continue approx. 700m to the Raudlifjellet summit, where you can sign the register. Descend your ascent route.
This trail is best enjoyed after a *long* summer's drought. After rain, prepare to get soaking wet, unless you wear water-resistant trousers and boots.
Except from the unforgettable trip to Trollvasstinden early January, the beginning of 2003 has been quite miserable, in terms of weather. This Sunday was no exception, but I just been hiking Ulriken way too many times in January already. I *had* to get myself a new mountain. Raudlifjellet qualified for two reasons: a) It was nearby, and b) it was a "ranked" mountain, in terms of primary factor.
At 13:00PM, we left the trailhead at Tømmernes, and I was pleased to find an easy forest road leading up towards the mountain. The forest road quickly ended, and I was out in the bush looking for the trail. I put Troll in the backpack to save him for drowning. There were ponds everywhere. On the way upwards, I met a couple who pointed out the route to the high ridge. I was very happy about this encounter, probably saving me valuable time. I didn't bring a map, as my map for this area is totally worn out. The couple had an orientation map for this area, and I made a note to get me one of those.
On the high ridge, Troll was back on the ground. The trail was easy to follow. I blessed and cursed the high trees on the ridge. Cursed, because they blocked the views. Blessed, because they were shelter for the winds blowing across the ridge. After 1,5 hours, we arrived the Raunlifjellet summit, and signed the register. I was quite surprised when I saw a book full of names. This was clearly a popular hike. I signed in as number 12 in 2003.
Rainshowers came and went. I was so wet that I didn't care about the rain. Troll took the lead on the way down, and struggled over wetlands and pits. He was quite eager, and I gave the doctors a few more cynical thoughts. Every now and then he stopped and looked back at me. To make sure I was catching up. This made me smile. I told him that I would be lost up here without him, and he happily bounced around and continued the routefinding.
We arrived at the car 15:35PM, and Troll went immediately to sleep. I decided to give him good nursing and tranquility for a couple of days. And he certainly didn't have to come along for the Ulriken hike I was planning when returning to Bergen.
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