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Mt. Institute
Charlemont, MA, Hawley, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Mohawk ski trail
Looking down the Mohawk ski trail

Heading east on the Mohawk Trail, I stopped off at the Berkshire East ski area to check out the summer operations and recent ski area improvements.

After checking out the recently installed Mountain Top Triple Chair, I headed up the "easy" Mohawk ski trail. A steep climb with a few gradual spots, a single-wide mowed area made for decent hiking. A bit uphill from an area known as "Turkey Junction," I was surprised to see some major trail improvements had taken place, blasting a narrow ledgy area for better snow retention and skiing.

Arriving at the top of the triple chairlifts, I continued past the ski patrol shack to the highpoint, then checked out the top of the newer chairlift (as well as one of the top zip line platforms in use). After that, I headed down to where the former "Black Chair" ended - pretty much gone without a trace.

For the descent, I took the steep Big Chief trail down, noting the chute to the top of the trail had improved.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, August 21, 2010
Hike Commenced: 2:21 PM
Parking Elevation: 580'
Destination: Mt. Institute
Ascent Commenced: 2:24 PM
Summit Reached: 2:48 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:24
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,538'
Vertical Gain: 948'
Hike Ended: 3:12 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:51
Hike Vertical Gain: 965'

The bottom of the Mohawk ski trail
The bottom of the Mohawk ski trail

Looking up the Deerfield River valley from near the summit of Mt. Institute - Click to enlarge
Looking up the Deerfield River valley from near the summit of Mt. Institute

Topographic map of Mt. Institute

Directions to trailhead: 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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