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Trip Log


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 trail down Horace's Grove

Initially, my plan was to hike Negus Mountain shortly after lunch. Work interfered and by the time I was able to start hiking, I only had an hour or so of sunlight left.

The extreme cold weather over the past few days had frozen up the Mohawk trail, making it easier to hike in some respects (no mud) but more difficult in other respects (more ice from frozen run off). Nonetheless, it was a nice, brisk, sunny hike.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, January 21, 2007
Hike Commenced: 3:40 PM
Parking Elevation: 587'
Destination: Mt. Institute
Ascent Commenced: 3:41 PM
Summit Reached: 4:08 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,538'
Vertical Gain: 948'
Hike Ended: 4:36 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 965'

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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