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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 Mohawk ski trail

In the middle of a small snow storm, I decided to hike Mt. Institute. While it was nice to finally be outside during a snowstorm in this mild season, I quickly realized it brought for a disadvantage - the snow covered mud and ice was hard to identify. Nonetheless, the cold temperatures made the hike a refreshing one.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Hike Commenced: 4:03 PM
Parking Elevation: 587'
Destination: Mt. Institute
Ascent Commenced: 4:04 PM
Summit Reached: 4:31 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,538'
Vertical Gain: 948'
Hike Ended: 5:00 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 965'

Looking up the Mohawk ski trail

Looking southwest in the snow 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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