These mountains are lower tops in a mountain region dominated by Heidalsmuen. They are easily accessed from the mountain toll road (Kværnbru - Stålane sætreveg) that connects Murudal and Heidal. A path runs from the road high point (Kvernbruflyi) up to Steinhø and continues towards Storhøi. Stålhø can be reached from the Brubakksætre cabins, a little towards the west. From here, you can also hike to Storhøi without having to pass Steinhø.
These VERY ACCESSIBLE tops give you a fine view towards Rondane and Jotunheimen from these tops, as well as other regions of southern Norway. Besshøe, Surtningssue, Glittertind and Nautgardstind are easily identified in the eastern Jotunheimen region, as well as Rondslottet, Storronden and Trolltinden in Rondane. Heidalsmuen is the landmark towards the south.
Storhøi (Norge 1:50,000: 1349m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 1348,78m, UTM 32 V 512478 6842828) has a primary factor of 324m towards the higher parent mountain Heidalsmuen (1745m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 515388 6839203) is found south of Kvernbruflyi (Lortholet). Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (10m contours), the saddle is with the range 1020-1030m, interpolated to 1025m.
Steinhø (Norge 1:50,000: 1337m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 1338,45m, UTM 32 V 513937 6841047) has a primary factor of 130m towards the higher parent mountain Storhøi (1349m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 513559 6841569) is found between Steinhø and point 1311m. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is defined as a fixed point - 1208m.
Stålhø (Norge 1:50,000: 1234m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 1231m, UTM 32 V 513004 6840257) has a primary factor of 100m towards the higher parent mountain Steinhø (1338m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 512882 6840776) is found just NW of Lake Ståltjønne. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (10m contours), the saddle is within the range 1130-1140m. Interpolation would give 1135m, but the saddle is only a fraction higher than the lake (1129,5m), just enough to prevent it from draining towards the NW. A more realistic estimate of the saddle height, is 1131m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Kvernbruflyi - Steinhø/Storhøi (summer/autumn)
From Otta, follow E6 southbound 11Km. Turn right towards "Randsverk/Heidal" (RV257) and follow this road 12,6Km. Turn left towards "Vestsida". Note that you have passed another "Vestsida" sign 4,6Km earlier. Drive 1,1Km to a junction where you follow the "Faukstad Bru" sign. At the next junction, turn right onto the Kværnbru - Stålane sætreveg toll road and follow it to its highest point (8,1Km). Pay toll at the self-served toll booth along the way (NOK 30,- for passenger cars per Aug. 2006). Find parking at the top of the road.
From the road high point, follow a visible path up to Steinhø (summit marked by a proper cain). Then follow another visible path to Storhøi (summit also marked by a proper cairn). The distance back to the trailhead is approx. 4Km. Return your ascent route, or include Stålhø upon return.
Stålhø is easily reached on path from Brubakksætre, 1,7Km west of the road high point. You can find parking down by the cabins. The summit is only 900m away, on good path. Note that you can also follow a path towards Storhøi from here, without having to pass Steinhø.
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