Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Raudheia is located just west of highway E39 between Fannefjorden and Batnfjordsøra, approx. 22Km northeast of the city of Molde. Lønsetfjellet (Skårsfjellet on the map), Maifjellet, Kloppafjellet and Raudheia are the tops in this mountain region which is excellent for cross-country skiing. On sunny week-ends (at least around Easter), skiers can follow prepared tracks on and around the mountain.
While the normal skiing routes run from the east, many hikers start out from Roaldset and walk up Raudheia's south ridge. Some will turn around at point 659m (UTM 32 V 426073 6967303). This point has the largest cairn. Another (smaller) cairn is found 133m to the north, at 666m (ØK, UTM 32 V 426089 6967435). The official high point (669m (670m on ØK), UTM 32 V 425950 6967713) is found on the Gjemnes/Molde border, 427m north/northwest of point 659m. The actual high point may be somewhere between point 666 and 669/670m. The summit plateau is large and flat, so it's not easy to say unless you've been around the plateau.
Just across Fannefjorden, you'll see the large Skåla mountain (1128m), which is the highest mountain in the municipality of Molde. Beyond you will see a long chain of rugged peaks in the Trollheimen, Eresfjorden, Romsdalen, Tresfjord and Vestnes regions. In the distant, you may recognize peaks in the Sunnmørsalpene mountain region, such as Store Brekketind (1578m). Mountains in Fræna, Eide, Molde and Gjemnes also present themselves from fine angles.
Raudheia (Norge 1:50,000: 669m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 670m, UTM 32 V 425950 6967713) has a primary factor of 357m towards the higher parent mountain Maifjellet (808m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 423280 6967909) is found in Botndalen, between the two tops. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the contours 310-315m, interpolated to 313m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
(all distances are approx. distances)
From the city of Molde, follow highway E39 eastbound (Kristiansund/Åndalsnes). 19,5Km from the RV622/E39 near the Molde-Vestnes ferry, turn left towards Kristiansund in the E39/RV62 junction. Continue 7,3Km up the valley and locate the parking area on your left-hand side.
At least around Easter, you may expect to find prepared tracks on and around the mountain.
From the parking area, head 50-100m southbound, cross a bridge and continue to the southwest (right) with the cabins further up to your right. You will see the ridge leading up to Steinliheia. Pass this ridge on the right-hand side and continue into the Fursetbotnen basin. Proceed up to the pass between Raudheia and Steinlihia and then gradually curve right towards point 659m on Raudheia. See the Introduction on this page for more details about the cairns. The high point is found 427m north/northwest of point 659m and is marked by a cairn.
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