Orange is a technical route with some tough climbs, and some tougher descents. There are a few sections that I would consider to be downhill, and one that I still haven’t got the nerves to run. It’s a pretty dry trail, and it has some lovely sections that can be really beautiful given the right light. Be ready for a workout. GPX Files.
We started Orange from the Torvsjön side, up what is known as Hästbacken, or the horse hill. As it’s a popular route to ride horses. Not subtle, I know. This climb is tough, not just because it is steep, but because the horses have knocked rocks free so grip is a challenge. There are two orange marked offshoots during the climb, I recommend staying on the main trail.
This long rough climb will bring you out onto a gravel road, bad news, the climb continues and it’s gonna hurt. Before you reach the top there is another orange offshoot to your right. This joins up with the lookout loop on Red. The true Orange, with the downhill you’ve been working so hard for is at the top of the gravel climb on your left.
There are two fun, technical drops on this section, both have clear runout if you are brave enough. After the second drop the trail heads down towards the gravel climb you just came up. Look for tracks heading to your right into the bush for an extension to the trail.
You will come out on the long gravel climb, the trail heads to the right towards Toftasjön. This is quick with a few worthwhile jumps. It ends and the lake and then heads to the left of the water where you will have to carry for a little.
When the lake ends, skip the last 400m of orange and ride the better ridden main trail back to Torvsjön. The orange segment is an unrideable bog. This gets you back to the starting spot (for our run, at least)