Nonklettfjellet (Nonkletten) is located above where Matresfjorden and Haugsværfjorden meet. These are two arms of the greater Masfjorden, a beautiful piece of Hordaland. Highway E39 runs by the foothills of Nonklettfjellet, and through a marked path up the forest, the mountain is very accessible to the public. Thew views are splendid, and the views change as you move around the mountain. This is despite the fact that Nonklettfjellet is surrounded by higher mountains all around.
This is indeed a hike for the public, and the mountain is also part of Fjelltrimmen 2005, organized by I.L Bjørn West. A register can be found in a box at the summit cairn.
The marked route runs up the north ridge, but it is also possible to hike the southeast ridge. I'm not sure if there are any paths on this ridge.
Nonklettfjellet (M711: 612m, Ø.K: 611,54m) has a primary factor of 399m towards the higher Tverrlifjellet. The saddle is found N of Trodalen (Dalsheia). Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 215m contours on the high route, but not 210m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 213m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Vassleitet (Hwy E39) - Nonklettfjellet (summer/autumn)
From Bergen, follow highway E39 northbound. After the Nordhordlandsbrua bridge, pay (NOK 45,- for passenger cars per May 2005) at the Toll station. Drive 61,5Km and turn left towards a gas station and a grocery store. Park by the grocery store.
Walk through a gate and follow a forest road that crosses the river. When you reach a forest road junction, turn right. Follow the forest road up a hill and turn left onto a path when you see the "Nonkletten" trailsign. The path climbs up the forest below the powerline and is marked with red bricks of wood in the trees.
The path gradually climbs up the ridge until you reach 400m elevation. The path now runs east of point 530m, and descends slightly into a small valley before continue climbing up above the tree line. The path vanishes after a while, but by then you have the summit cairn in view up to your right. My recommendation is that you take "the long way around", which means gradually climbing but staying as close to the edge as you can. This route will eventually take you to the summit cairn. Next to the summit cairn you will see an old device, an anenometer perhaps?
My recommendation for descent route is straight down to the lake on the mountain, then up to the left of the cliffs below point 530m. Continue across the humps and when it gets steep, turn right (northeast) and descend the forest back to the path.
It was a rainy Wednesday, but it cleared up in the afternoon. I decided to take yet another trip up to Masfjorden and visit Nonklettfjellet. It was a nice drive and the weather was simply great. However, more and more clouds could be seen as I got closer to the trailhead. I expected the weather was changing again (it was supposed to rain the day after) but I hoped I could make good way up the mountain before the rain set in.
On my way to Austrefjellet 3 days earlier, someone told me about the Nonklettfjellet trailhead. So I knew where to go. The dog and I left the car next to the grocery store at Vassleitet 17:50PM. There was an unexpected forest road junction, and I was very relieved when I found the path. I could always hike this forest off-trail, but a path is always better.
The path was wet and I could see that Troll fought a mental battle with himself. He repeatedly sat down in protest but when he realized that I just kept moving on, he changed his mind. Once we were out of the forest, he got in good spirit and was busy chasing mice on the mountain. We reached the summit 19:05PM.
The views were wonderful. If it hadn't been for the wind, this would have been a place to stay for a while. The clouds never amounted to much and we could enjoy sunshine on this nice mountain. Troll had walked all the way to the top, but now I put him in the backpack as I was heading off-trail on the way down. I went down to the lake between Nonklettfjellet and point 530m, and then scrambled up to point 530m (I chose a steeper route than strictly necessary). From this point, I took a direct northeast course back to the forest path. We were down from the mountain 20:05PM.
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