Biking around Heidalsmuen
Text and image; Kristian Brakestad, Skåbu
If you’re looking for a bike ride amidst majestic surroundings, I highly recommend cycling around Heidalsmuen. This route demands a certain comfort level with off-road biking, and while there are few to no technically challenging sections, having good tires and a suitable bicycle is a prerequisite. My usual starting point is Tverrbygda/Breistulen, from where I cycle towards Musetrin, passing by Bukkebu.
You have the option to go around Heidalsmuen in either direction, and both journeys offer fantastic experiences. Starting from Gamle Munchesæterveg or (New) Mugsætervegen on the west side of Heidalsmuen, you’ll cycle up a pleasant road/path. As you progress, the terrain may become slightly rockier and damp, but with good technique and endurance, you can ride all the way.
Once you reach the northern end of Heidalsmuen, you’ll encounter a delightful slope leading to Bærdøla, which you’ll cross. Then it continues smoothly to Nerdalsfiskeløysa, an easy pass on wheels. After about 2-300 meters, take the right path towards Geitfjellet and follow it, navigating the intersections as you head towards Kviknegråhø. It might be a bit tricky to find the correct path due to multiple intersections, but keep your elevation until you spot a trail running between Kviknegråhø and Kringlefjellet. (Be cautious not to take the path that descends into heather and berries, if you leave too early.)
Follow this path nestled between the mountains and relish the journey towards Heidalsmuen, leading down to the stream that transforms into Sandåa (the path might be somewhat unclear when you reach the stream, but you’ll see it on the other side). From there, a pleasant mountain trail takes you back to Mugsætervegen once again.
Either from a car / bicycle from Mugsetervegen (barges from Skåbu and Meringdalen) or by bicycle from Bukkebu in Tverrbygda.
Detailed info can be found at Trailguide.