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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.

Looking up the Riva Ridge ski trail

After hiking Mt. Greylock, I decided to hike up Mt. Institute for some more exercise and to see how the off season work at the ski area was progressing. I ascended the Competition and Upper Competition trails and descended via Minnie Dole, Riva Ridge, Outback, Snow Dance, Exhibition, and Danny's Run.

The trails were nicely mowed and fairly dry. There was also some great foliage to be seen.

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, October 18, 2008
Hike Commenced: 1:06 PM
Parking Elevation: 580'
Destination: Mt. Institute
Ascent Commenced: 1:08 PM
Summit Reached: 1:31 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,538'
Vertical Gain: 953'
Hike Ended: 2:15 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:09
Hike Vertical Gain: 978'

At the bottom of the Competition trail

Looking at Negus Mountain 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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