This hiking trail has its route around Lake Ängsjön, offering many nature and culture experiences. Most of the trail is located in woodland and rises up to the highest viewpoints around the lake. The difficulty of the trail varies greatly, so it is recommended to study the level curves on the map thoroughly before starting your hike.
Good to Know:
- Trail length: 17 kilometres
- Can be combined with Tiskaretjärnsleden and Gruvrundan for a longer hike
- Difficulty level: Difficult
- Distance to Sunne: 35 kilometres
- Starting point: Rokkmakkstugan >
Popular hiking trail in the Finn forests of Värmland
The trail lies in areas where the first forest Finns had their crofts from the end of the 1500s to the end of the the 1800s. There are a large number of remains, in the form of foundations, cultivation cairns, pit traps, mining holes and so on. The Ängen trail passes many of these remains. Information boards can be found below the Rokkmakkstugan and on the turning ground where the trail crosses the Ulvsjövägen, Norra Ängen and at the picnic area at the eastern end of Ängsjön. There are many picnic areas along the trail where you can stop and enjoy a packed lunch bag, as well as several shelters where you can stay overnight.
The Rokkmakk cottage
Rokkmakkstugan cottage is the starting point for the Ängen trail. At the cottage, which is partly accessible for guests with disabilities, there is an outdoor toilet, a picnic table, a barbecue area, a dustbin, an information board and parking. Waffles, sandwiches and more are served here, mainly for snow access during weekends and the winter sports holidays, but also some evenings during the summer months. For opening hours please contact Sunne InfoPoint.
Cultural historical remains
Along the trail there are many remnants of the settlements and labours of the past. For example, Hagtorpets ruin is only a few hundred meters from Rokkmakkstugan and was inhabited most recently around 1900. You can see the remains of the house itself, the outbuildings and the cultivation cairns. Around the Alma croft there is an impressive stone wall, which once caused the builder to be awarded a medal for his sterling work. It is also home to the old vaulted stone bridge ‘Putrale’ and parts of Kyrkvägen (the church road) that have remained since the time the Finns came to live there in the 1600s. This is also the site for the first pit in a system of twelve pit-traps.
The Ängen trail is a wonderful hiking trail for those who enjoy beautiful views. Below the peak of Hittamakk (390 meters above sea level), some forests have been harvested in recent years, helping to provide a fantastic view in all directions. In the 1940s, there was a slalom slope here.
The beach height is 385 meters above sea level. From the glade here you have sweeping views of Lake Ängsjön and it is also a pleasant picnic area with tables and benches.
Between Hörie and Hackhem there is a shelter where you have a nice view of the northwest Ängen.
Rich plant life
In the vicinity of the Södra Ängen mine, you can see the Moneses uniflora blossom in the steep roadside during the early summer. At the Alma croft there are meadow flowers such as mayflowers, meadow-weeds and fringed orchids. Swedish whitebeams can be found in several areas around Ängsjön, probably spread by the birds. At the wind shelter in one end of Marrtjärnet you can find the special plant pinesap in late summer.
Stay on an island In the Lake Ängsjön
The lake has good water quality and has a relic species of char (Salvelinus umbla). It is possible to fish both summer and winter, but you must first buy a fishing license. These can be purchased online at www.ifiske.se. On the same page you can book the overnight cottage on the island of Kullerholmen. The cottage can be used for single night stays by hikers and fishermen. The Ängen fishing conservation association provides boats that can be borrowed temporarily for transport to Kullerholmen or for fishing.
Avoid moving fishing gear and boats from other waters so as not to introduce any foreign organisms that may contaminate this unique water (e.g. crayfish plague).