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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.

The Outback ski trail

I had an hour or two to hike on New Years Eve, so I decided to finish off the 2006 year on Mt. Institute. Due to the warm December, the Roundabout, Outback, and Mohawk ski trails only had traces of natural snow. There were a moderate amount of skiers on the open ski trails, however Outback, Roundabout, and Mohawk were all essentially abandoned.

The summit views were good as usual - I noticed for the first time that I could see the blueberry farms on top of Burnt Hill to the east through some trees.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, December 31, 2006
Hike Commenced: 2:42 PM
Parking Elevation: 587'
Destination: Mt. Institute
Ascent Commenced: 2:46 PM
Summit Reached: 3:18 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,538'
Vertical Gain: 963'
Hike Ended: 3:46 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 983'

Looking up the Roundabout ski trail

Looking west from 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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