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Huldra Epic Escape

Ål, Ål kommune, Buskerud, Norway
22.9km|1241m ◢ ◣ 1485m|07.01.2016

Description

Are you ready for what is probably the country's (Scandinavia's) longest hike from the high mountains to the lowlands? Do you think 1100 meters in altitude difference and that almost 35 km of a total of some thirty are on the path sounds fat? Huldra was a seductive and mysterious female creature without very much clothing and with beautiful shapes that lured young men to the mountains and which no one saw again, hence the name. Everything can't be just #Enduro with a pickup and the lousy 10 minute run down a wooded hill. If you are #Enduroist then you should still make the trip as the whole run could easily have been turned into a world-class fat Endurorite with 2 SS over 15 minutes a little shorter by 10 minutes, and a "sprint" of 5 minutes. If you end up in Endurobeina then things will be worth the trip. After a trip with a chairlift, a 15 km gravel climb and an hour's push, you are up at 1350 MOH and look out over the Skaraplatå which divides Hallingdal in half with Ål and Hallingskarvet on one side and Hemsedal, Skogshornmassivet and Golsfjellet on the other. The trail starts a little rough from the top, but from the top you see a flat about 100 hm further down and to the right of the small pond you get the first downhill on a great trail which is about 5 km. When this is done you are down on the plateau and you can start to stretch a total of 15 km consisting of classic AM biking with a little up and down. This lot has everything from some of the saddest knot imaginable, something quite in the middle of the tree, but also longer parts of high quality cycling. In short, this party will be something like this: After the first descent at Trettestølane (the municipality of Ål and Hemsedal meet the name. There they have been arguing and arguing for centuries and are guaranteed to continue with it; long marked "trillesti" which belongs to a (gravel) round which Hemsedal tourist office has marked. This is an affliction, deep narrow animal steps, lots of basketball stones interrupted by wet marsh that is rather poorly pitched. The bright spot is that it is only 2 km and relatively quickly completed and that the next stretch of road after a few hundred meters on gravel is superfast and flowy, almost 4 km long. This begins after a small climb up to Breisethovda. After this lot, a small gravel section descends to a T-junction where you turn right towards Gaurhovd. There are two paths over the next hill. One starts at the top before a small pond and the other (on the GPS track) up to the left on a small gravel path after the pond and the right one at the top of the small climb. One comes across on both, but I think the latter is the best option. There are some horses on this stretch of trail, so some absolute riders are not this party anyway. When you are over Køyrehovda as it is called it is a few km on gravel. On the GPS track it breaks into the left on the gravel about after 2 km towards Habbesett because my legs were not hip on a (nice) path over Syningen (Height just after where the trail goes left). You can only cycle 100 200 m straight ahead and push up on Syningen and you get a path all the way to Habbesett. Just keep left after the descent from Syningen and you come out onto the gravel road the GPS track goes on just before Habbesett. The path from here follows mainly parts of "Skaraåsen around" (http://trailguide.no/3) so simply refer to it for further descriptions. I would still be allowed to add that the party from here to the gravel before the descent towards Gol is of a very high class in terms of flow. Due to the provisions on landowner conflicts etc. on this page I have chosen to censor the last 600 HM down to Gol and the official continuation from here will be the gravel down to where the path in here called "Riksveg 7" starts and continue on this absolute altar down to the valley floor. Fine it au. PS: Softis and or Beer at Skysskroa in Gol is mandatory after a trip like this. The trip is best enjoyed in July, August but may be biking in June if the snow did not fall so thick the winter before. September can also be a hell of a month on the mountain, but as you know it can quickly turn out not to be. Disclaimer: On such long trips it is difficult to get completely clean GPS tracks without detours, boom trips and shortcuts (ref gravel to Habbesett instead of the path over Syningen and other small detours), but expect it to be okay.

Access

Take the 8 seat in Hemsedal to the top, follow the green trail down to Skigaarden and hook up on the dirt road towards Ål. Turn left towards Fagerdalen as the rises on Fanitullvegen begin to take off. Continue a long climb and a small descent on the rough and loose gravel road towards Fagerdalen. The path begins inside behind the right-most seats.

Høyt oppe, go flowen inne med Lauvdalsbrea, Blåbergi og Reineskarvet i bakgrunnen
Photo: Ulf Martin
Fremdeles på vei ned første "SS"
Photo: Ulf Martin
Himself på vei ned fra Breidsethovda
Photo: Ulf Martin
Syningen med Skogshornmassivet i det fjerne
Photo: Ulf Martin
Ut på eventyr i 8 seteren
Photo: Ulf Martin
Syningen, Hallingskarvet i det fjerne
Photo: Ulf Martin
Nytes avkjølt......
Photo: Ulf Martin

Latest reviews

4/5
Peter Seidl rated Huldra Epic Escape very good. Great trail, but it definetily has two sides! You will find some parts that are quite rough, bumpy, or wet and not so fun to ride. But it is cool to power through these parts, then you will get rewarded with amazing sections of flow trail!30.jul.2020
4/5
Andreas Birk Birkeland rated Huldra Epic Escape very good. Første delen er trilling i lang tid, tar litt fra opplevelsen, men når du når toppen er det flere fine nedkjøringer med flyt og knot. Bør være litt fjellgeit for å få maks glede av denne.15.sep.2019
5/5
Patrick Schneider rated Huldra Epic Escape epic. Veldig fin tur, litt trilling og grus for å komme seg opp til start, men som tidligere nevnt vel verdt det :) masse flyt og kos15.sep.2019
5/5
Gunnar Westholm rated Huldra Epic Escape epic. Noe trilling. MEN det er det verdt!3.jul.2018
2/5
Antti Ollila rated Huldra Epic Escape ok. My expectations were high about this trail. I was waiting for an epic trip with my bike. We took local bus from Gol to Hemsedal ( 55 nok/ person and 25 nok/ bike) and chair lift (80 nok) up to the mountain. Scenery in the whole trip is amazing, but that is the only thin good in the first 20 km. Unless you really love gravel roads and pushing your bike. Partly there is no trail or the trail is so small that it is quite hart to push your bike. And there is a lot of rocks. Rest of the trip is much better. Trails are mostly really nice, of course there is some parts that really wet and muddy or otherwise not so epic. There is also some gravel road parts, but nothing to long. Most of the trail are single tracks and nicely technical. I could say that trails are 50/50 medium and difficult. Was it worth it? Would I do it again? Lets just say that It´s not going to be on my to do list for next year. If you like an adventure, go for it. You can do much better trips in the same area, without too much pushing the bike. If you decide to go, take hiking boots or endurro bike with you.30.jul.2017

Latest reports

Simen Berg reported the conditions at Huldra Epic Escape as very good. Overraskende tørt30.aug.2020
Peter Seidl reported the conditions at Huldra Epic Escape as very good. Only a few wet parts. Some are also overgrown, but mostly very good conditions.30.jul.2020