Storliknausen is the highest of the mountains facing the Bergsdalen valley, an hour drive northeast of Bergen. Kjerringafjellet is Storliknausen's slightly lower neighbour. Såta is the northernmost peak on Kjerringafjellet, but is not regarded as an independent mountain on this web-site.
Neither of the two mountains are frequently visited, although the popular "T" trail to the Høgabu hut run through "the neighbourhood". An unmarked path will take you up to the pass between the two mountains, but getting up to the summits require some degree of routefinding. Of course, the mountains can be reached through other routes, but the route described on this page is the shortest.
I assume a mountain farm named Storli has given Storliknausen its name. Also related is lake Storlivatnet west of the mountain. "Storli" can be thought of as "big hillside", while "knausen" is yet another Norwegian name for "mountain" (of a less intimidating sort).
"Kjerringafjellet" is more difficult to explain. "Kjerringa" means "the woman", and has a highly unformal form. "Fjellet" means "mountain". I don't know if I should claim that this is a common mountain name, but only west of Hardangerfjorden, you will find 4 mountains with this name.
Storliknausen (M711: 1193m, Ø.K: 1192,60m) has a primary factor of 405m towards the higher Fuglafjellet (1334m). The saddle is found at lake Djupatjørn, south of Kjerringafjellet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 790m contours on the high route, but not 785m. The saddle height is interpolated to 788m.
Kjerringafjellet (M711: 1136m, Ø.K: 1135,79m) has a primary factor of 218m towards the higher Storliknausen (1193m). The saddle is found in Moagjelet pass, between the two mountains. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 920m contours on the high route, but not 915m. The saddle height is interpolated to 918m. Looking at Ø.K., the trig. point is 1135,79m. The 1135m contour can not be seen under the trig. point. There is however a 1135m contour just south of the trig. point. It is therefore possible that the mountain is slightly higher than 1136m.
Såta (M711: 1095m, Ø.K: 1093,5m ~ 1094m) has a primary factor of 51m towards the higher Kjerringafjellet (1136m). Såta is just a local top on Kjerringafjellet, and the saddle is on the high mountain ridge. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 1045m contours on the high route, but not 1040m. The saddle height is interpolated to 1043m. The M711 map height is 1095m, while the Norgesglasset (20m contours) map height is 1099m. I have used the Ø.K. map height, which is 1093,5m, and rounded up to 1094m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Lake Småbrekkevatnet - both summits (summer/autumn)
From Bergen, follow highway E16 towards Oslo. At Dale, turn right towards "Bergsdalen". Follow the Bergsdalen road all the way to the northwest end of lake Småbrekkevatnet (the proper name is Vetlevatnet, which drains to Småbrekkevatnet) You will see a "T" trailsign towards Høgabu. Find parking alongside the road. Note that you will pass the first "T" Høgabu trailsign at Lid before you get to lake Småbrekkevatnet. The trails begins and ends at the Bergsdalen road, but takes runs up in the mountains along the way. A more precise Km description will follow later.
Follow a gravel road down to lake Småbrekkevatnet. Cross the drain from lake Vetlevatnet via bridge. Follow the "T" trail along lake Småbrekkevatnet and then up to a pass between Moanovi and Vardafjellet. Where you see fit, leave this trail and hike up towards Moanovi. A path runs towards Moagjelet, the pass between Storliknausen and Kjerringafjellet.
As you approach the pass, determine your ascent route. It's been a while since I was up here and did not make notes. As I hiked these mountains, there was snow on the mountains, but I remember I followed grassy pitches not yet covered by snow up to Storliknausen. I had to walk where the terrain would let me, but did not run into any problems. The east side of Storliknausen is dominated by slabs, very slippery when not dry. Thus, I had to follow grassy pitches between the slabs.
I remember Kjerringafjellet to consist of a convenient number of ledges up a steep cliff system. Routefinding was necessary, but I did not run into particular problems. I will redo this hike and be back with more detailed information.
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