The hike to Mariholtet Sportsstue takes you through a lush forest and alongside several lakes. These lakes provide many opportunities to swim or to relax on a beach. While on the trail, hike past the remains of Sarabråten, a house built by businessman and philanthropist Thomas Heftye, and demolished in 1922. Some claim the Norwegian Trekking Association was even founded in the area. Either way, it’s an excellent spot to take a break and enjoy the view of Nøklevann Lake or even picnic in the large open area.
Upon reaching Mariholtet, enjoy sandwiches, pastries, and hot/cold beverages. There are toilets, running water, and outlets as well. About 300 meters towards the dam, you’ll find a gapahuk, a man-made structure made of pine branches a rope. It’s a perfect spot for a campfire or to just lounge in the shade. After the day is over where better to enjoy a hearty dinner than at the picturesque Østmarkseteren Restaurant, located at the parking lot. The trail is particularly beautiful in the winter time.
Tips and hints
- Toilets (free)