Trælneshatten is located 5,5Km east of Torghatten - the famous landmark southwest of Brønnøysund. The mountain is very accessible and is every so often included in "Fjelltrimmen" - 10 mountains that people are encouraged to visit during one year.
The views are quite astounding, despite the modest height of the mountain. There are landmarks in every direction, from Torghatten, Trollvasstinden on Vega, Lovund, Dønnamannen, Syv Søstre, Storfinnkneet, Vistmannen, Vistkjerringa and Heilhornet. To name a few. In addition, you have a clear view towards Brønnøysund.
The name of the mountain relates to the place Trælnes west of the mountain. "Hatten" is a popular suffix for mountains with a "hat-looking" appearance, and perhaps most used in northern Norway.
The trailheads for this mountain vary. In 2005, the trailhead was located along highway RV17 while in 2003 the trailhead was found near Nystad on the road to Dalbotn. The route from highway RV17 is described on this page.
Trælneshatten (M711: 567m, Ø.K: 567,32m) has a primary factor of 349m towards the higher Ryptinden (585m). The saddle is found N of Lake Vassbotnvatnet (Roddalsskardet - Ø.K.) Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contour maps), you cross the 220m contours on the high route, but not 215. The saddle height has been interpolated to 218m.
My GPS reported 569m over a 10-minute period (top of cairn), on point 33 W 370413 7255619.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Trælnes - Trælneshatten (all seasons)
The trailhead is found approx. 1Km north of the bridge across Nordstraumen (Berg). The Fjelltrimmen guide also states that the trailhead is found 0,8Km after passing "H. Sund Møbelfabrikk" at Trælnes (when you come from Brønnøysund). You see the parking area from highway RV17. Note that the "Fjelltrimmen" sign is only in place if the mountain is part of that year's list of mountains, and if this is the trailhead in use.
From the parking, follow a tractor road eastbound until you see the red paint on the trees that mark the start of the trail. You may have to cross an electric fence (sheep) here. After a short hill, the trail enters rougher terrain and switchbacks up along a sharp ridge. Hands may be needed for support here and there. Above this ridge, the terrain levels out before the main hill begins at approx. 200m elevation. The trail is marked all the way to the summit cairn.
This was indeed a family hike; my mom, my dog and myself. My mom attempts to collect the "Fjelltrimmen" mountains and Trælneshatten was a mountain that she hadn't done this year. I was totally fine with a "soft" start of my vacation in northern Norway. I had been on the road for 26 hours, visiting Vetlafjellet in Voss kommune and Kula and Litlhornet in Bindal kommune on my way to northern Norway.
It turned out to be a very nice day. It took us about an hour to drive to the trailhead and we were ready to go by 10:50AM. Troll was thrilled to have both of us as company and ran in circles. After having hiked the lower section of the mountain, which included a slightly awkward route along a sharp ridge, my mom said she preferred the 2003 route from the east.
A few hikers were on the way down the mountain and I put Troll in the backpack. I had forgotten the leash back home and didn't want to get yelled at. Not this early in the day. A rule is a rule, regardless of whether the dog runs around or not. The first guy asked why I was carrying the dog. "There are no sheep on this mountain", he said. And Troll was back on the ground again.
We reached the top 12:03PM and were blessed with fantastic views. I have a particular fascination about Helgelandskysten (the Helgeland coastline) and could have stayed up here for hours. It was T-shirt weather, the first day of the vacation and my 4th mountain since I left Bergen. Life can be grand at times!
We were back at the car, safe and sound by 13:25PM.
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