Til Høgd'n Hiking
- Destination: Vang
- Season: April–November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 5.1 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 590 meters
- Duration: 2.5–4 hours
About Til Høgd'n
The trip to Leirholshøyden is exciting, steep and full of history. When you get out of your car and look up the steep mountain, you might wonder if you have arrived at the wrong place. I can assure you that it is accessible and quite harmless. To your right you will see the creek Drøsja which pours out over the steep rock. To the left, in the vertical wall, you see Langåne coming from Knappetjednet.
The trail up the old mountain farm road that women, preferably the young girls, on the Leirhols farms "jumped" up at night and down again in the morning, often with milk pails in hand or wading belts. The pastures on Leirholshøyden were spring and fall pastures. The girls went up at dusk, milked, and spent the night in the hut. Early the next morning there was another round of milking, getting the cows to the pasture and then to climb downward to get down to the farm in time to be included in the work day. A hard life, and maybe the girl even had a suitor at night! It was customary, especially on weekends, that youngsters strolled to the pastures and made their way to the girls. Many good deals were likely made in those beds.
While sitting and enjoying the view at Kvilestein, you may wonder how they got up the cows here? I can tell you that they took the turn on Remmisåsen with the cattle. But sheep and goats could certainly do this walking path. The trail goes over the rock phyllite that provides a rich soil with a plethora of wonderful flowers.
The trail gets up at Leirholstølen. A great place for a picnic with great views across Vang. From here, go west along the marked trail towards Knappetjednet (1008 meters above sea level) and Vennis. Shortly before the pond the trail parts. Turn left onto Knappen (1000 meters above sea level), the view here is amazing! This windswept viewpoint is an experience. In September, the entire plateau may be red from alpine bearberry.
Check out eldmølla.no to book the spectacular sauna at Leirholshøgda.
From Knappetjedn you go down and down and down. A little further down the slopes you will get to the tufts after Øvrestølen, which has served as the long pasture to Sparstad.
A bit further down you get to the lowest mountain pasture, which has the great namnet Rysseflat. The pasture was used until 1936.
Once you have passed over the fence, the marked path swings to the left (southeast).
After a long hike, it can be nice to take a break to rest at "the table of Knut", a warm, cozy space with great views of the town Vang.