Jacob’s Ladder Hiking
Go deep into the forest
- Season: May–October
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 24.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 500 meters
- Duration: 5–7 hours
About Jacob’s Ladder
Jacob's ladder brings you down several ladders deep into the canyon of Store Bumla. It is a great decent and has some awesome views. The ascent up to De Pene Tjerna (The Nice Looking Ponds) is a very cool experience as well.
The entire hike brings you into an area of old and mysterious woods. You will find dark spots of spruce, lighter areas of pine forest and open areas with lakes, ponds and marshes.
You need a car to get to the trailhead. Drive to Vikersund and cross the river and go North. You will find a sign that says "Breilivegen" on your right-hand side. You need 50 NOK in cash to get past the first toll station. Drive along the road until you see a sign for "Djupengrop" on your right-hand side. You will need another 30 NOK for this road. Follow the road all the way to the top and park in the parking lot.
From the parking lot continue on the gravel road for about 400 meters. Follow the even smaller gravel road going up to the left and pass a red cabin on your right-hand side. 100 meters after you pass the cabin the blue marked trail starts on the left side of the road.
Follow this trail going past Gudbrandstjern and a bit later a small round pond. When you see the second pond a bit further down from the trail start looking for a trail taking off to the right. Follow this trail all the way to Lunnaas and (open) free cabin.
From Lunnaas follow the path that crosses the creek and going south along a small lake. After about 700-800 meters you need to leave the main right-hand and find the right-hand path (can be hard to find) going southeast towards a small round pond.
From this pond you need to leave the path and find your own way up to "Bjønnestillinga". It is a quite open area and you can see the small peak all the way up there. Once up at the peak follow the path that leads to Jacob's Ladder. When you are down in the canyon just follow the rope on the other side and head towards the blue marked trail by "De Pene Tjerna". Now you can just follow the blue marked trail all the way back to the trailhead. Make sure you have some extra time to enjoy the great views going down to "Lårvika".
In this area you will have snow quite late in the spring, therefore you will most likely need to wait until May to do this hike. Snow might be back in October so take a look at the weather forecast before you go.
- There is a outhouse at Lunnaas, but otherwise you need to use nature’s toilet.
By Espen Oldeman Lund
Outtt developer and hiking enthusiast
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