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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 Flying Cloud ski trail

Having a little time to spare after work and not happy with being out of shape, I decided to hike the Flying Cloud ski trail on Mount Institute. Stabilicers helped with traction on the packed snow and slush.

On my way down, I checked out the summit area of Wilderness Peak - its amazing how quickly it has grown in in the past 5 years.

With the exception of lower Flying Cloud and part of the Outback ski trail, everything was covered with a decent base of snow.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, March 29, 2007
Hike Commenced: 4:26 PM
Parking Elevation: 587'
Destination: Mt. Institute
Ascent Commenced: 4:28 PM
Summit Reached: 4:50 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,538'
Vertical Gain: 948'
Hike Ended: 5:37 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,005'

Looking up the Flying Cloud 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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