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Mt. Institute
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.

The Mohawk ski trail

Hiking the Mohawk Trail offers the second easiest ascent up Mt. Institute from the Berkshire East base area (the easiest being Roundabout to Outback), yet the steepness in sections is still challenging for hiking. Views are seen on much of the hike, mostly to the northwest.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Institute
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Hike Commenced: 4:05 PM
Parking Elevation: 580'
Destination: Mt. Institute
Ascent Commenced: 4:06 PM
Summit Reached: 4:33 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,538'
Vertical Gain: 948'
Hike Ended: 5:18 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,031'

Looking up the Mohawk ski trail

Looking northwest from near the Mt. Institute 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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