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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.

Looking up the Competition ski trail

In the area on a hot hazy day, I decided to do a quick hike up the Competition and Upper Competition trails on Mt. Institute. Due to recent mowing, the trails were easier to hike than most ski trails. Nonetheless, both have long sustained steep pitches - making hiking on a 90 degree day challenging.

The views from the summit were hazy, but still good.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, September 8, 2007
Hike Commenced: 12:58 PM
Parking Elevation: 580'
Destination: Mt. Institute
Ascent Commenced: 1:00 PM
Summit Reached: 1:22 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,538'
Vertical Gain: 953'
Hike Ended: 1:59 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:01
Hike Vertical Gain: 978'

At the bottom of the Competition trail

At the top of the UMass ski trail, looking up the Deerfield River Valley.

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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