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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 Minnie Dole ski trail

Curious to see how the rain and 70 degree weather had affected the ski area, I hiked Mt. Institute. The mountain was still pretty wet after the rain a day earlier - mud and running water was common on the uncovered trails. I was surprised to see that, other than on the crossover ski trails, the main trails still had a few feet of snow on them.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, January 7, 2007
Hike Commenced: 2:00 PM
Parking Elevation: 587'
Destination: Mt. Institute
Ascent Commenced: 2:07 PM
Summit Reached: 2:29 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,538'
Vertical Gain: 948'
Hike Ended: 3:08 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 961'

Looking up the Minnie Dole 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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