Large Group Hiking


If you plan to bring a group of 10 people or more and spend 3 nights or more on the SHT, we would like to know in advance that you are coming.  This is NOT a reservation system; it is simply a way for us to learn about when big groups of campers/hikers are on the SHT, and where you will be, so we can gauge whether there might be a conflict.

If you are from an organization, institution or business (e.g. Boy Scouts, college, high school, outdoor education enterprise) you must also provide a certificate of insurance.


Download our Trail Use Notification form HERE


Ten or more backpackers are considered a large group.  The following guidelines will help you and others enjoy the Trail:

  • Consider splitting a large group into several smaller groups to reduce the impact on the campsites and to improve your own and others’ experience.
  • Camping is only allowed at designated sites and many tent sites have only 2 or 3 tent pads.
  • All campsites are required to be shared – you may not reserve the site or turn others away.
  • The fire ring and benches at the campsites must also be shared.
  • Large-group backpackers must be considerate of other parties and keep behavior respectful, responsible, and safe.
  • Base-camping (setting up your equipment and doing day hikes from a campsite) is not allowed.
  • Large groups interested in base-camping while day hiking should consider reserving a group campsite at a state park. Group sites are available at Jay Cooke State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Tettegouche State Park, and Cascade River State Park.