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 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.
- Basecamping (setting up your equipment and doing dayhikes from a campsite) is not allowed.
- Large groups interested in basecamping/dayhiking 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.
For liability and management reasons, any group wanting to use the Superior Hiking Trail for purposes outside of normal range of use of the trail will be required to apply for a Special Use Permit that also includes a requirement for liability coverage.
The SHTA does not consider a group hike (whether sponsored by a commercial enterprise, church, scout group, or other organization) to be outside of normal range of use. However, non-traditional uses of the trail (such as running events) will require a Special Use Permit. Groups who violate the guidelines listed above will also be required to submit a Special Use Permit prior to future events.