NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Charlemont, MA, and Hawley, MA
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below. "Summit" photos may in fact not be at the actual summit - but instead at the best nearby vista.
Looking up the Upper Competition ski trail about two thirds of the way through the hike
Mt. Institute, home of Berkshire East Ski Area, is the steepest sustained hike I've done thus far. While Mt. Greylock (Thunderbolt) and Mt. Mansfield (north face of the Chin) are extremely challenging, hiking up the northwest face of Mt. Institute is just as hard. The route I took (Competition, Upper Competition, Avalanche) is completely uphill and requires some minor climbing on the ledges on Avalanche section.
Just because it's a ski area doesn't mean its safe - I've seen more wildlife hiking here than anywhere else - including on this hike turkey and a porcupine.
The views are excellent, looking both west and north.
Getting To Trailhead:
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At the bottom of the Competition trail - this is the easy part
At the top of the Upper Competition ski trail, north of the summit.
Directions to trailhead: Take South River Road east from Route 8A, then take a right onto Thunder Mountain Road. Park in the large parking lot.
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