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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

I decided to take the opportunity to hike in spring-like mid December weather at a place that would have at least somewhat of a winter feel. Despite the warm weather most of the month, the ski area had man made snow on a few miles of trails, making for an interesting hike.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 16, 2006
Hike Commenced: 12:47 PM
Parking Elevation: 587'
Destination: Mt. Institute
Ascent Commenced: 12:48 PM
Summit Reached: 1:14 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,538'
Vertical Gain: 948'
Hike Ended: 1:38 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 971'

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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