Baksidevassberget Hiking Trail
Enjoy sweeping views of Rondane National Park from an accessible peak
- Destination: Rondane National Park
- Season: June-October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 5.7 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 200 meters
- Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours
If you are looking for a short and easy-going trail, hiking to the top of Baksidevassberget from Smuksjøseter is an excellent choice. From the top of this accessible peak, you will have far-reaching views of the western part of Rondane National Park and the enveloping vast plains. In the south, you will see Formokampen Mountain as well as the faraway mountains of Jotunheimen National Park.
There are two trails leading to the top. Choose between a longer trail with a gradual ascent or a shorter but steeper alternative route.
While driving along the main road E6 in the Gudbrandsdalen valley look for the sign to Høvringen about a 15-minute drive north of Otta. From the main road, there is a 6-kilometer drive up to a fork in the road just before you reach Høvringen. Bear right at this junction and after two kilometers look for a sign to Smuksjøseter on the right side of the road.
Immediately after turning off to the right you get to the toll booth for driving the road to Smuksjøseter. You need to pay 40 NOK by cash here or if you don’t have cash, pay by credit card when you get to Smuksjøseter. Follow this road for five kilometers until you reach Smuksjøseter.
Take the train from Oslo or Trondheim to Otta. From Otta there is a local bus going up to Høvringen and Smuksjøseter. Note that this bus only operates during summer. It is also possible to ask Smuksjøseter for private transport all the way from Otta. This costs 240 NOK during summer and 320 NOK in the wintertime.
From Smukjsøseter follow the road back towards Høvringen to the end of Høvringsvatne Lake. From the end of the lake continue along the road for about 600 meters until you see a small parking lot by the road. From here look for the blue marked trail going up to Baksidevassberget.
There is a steeper trail going up closer to the lake as well. This trail is not marked, but it is easy to follow. From the lake follow the road until it takes a sharp right turn. This is where you will find the start of that trail going up to Baksidevassberget.
Bring water as there are no water sources available after leaving Høvringvatnet Lake.
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