Group Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

AMC Western MA Chapter
This document provides information for groups hiking the A.T.
  • Familiarize yourself with the guidelines for A.T. hikers.
  • Email the Western MA Chapter's Group Outreach Coordinator with the following information: (1) leader's name and contact information, (2) size of group, and (3) location and dates of planned overnight stays.
  • Keep group size to 10 or under, including leaders, for overnight trips.
  • Sites best for group use are: Sages Ravine (Connecticut A.T. Committee), Laurel Ridge, Glen Brook, Race Brook Falls, Crystal Mtn, Kay Wood and October Mtn.
  • Shelters are not for group use. Plan to use tent platforms and existing cleared areas for tenting. Do not clear new tenting areas.
  • Groups planning to stay at Upper Goose Pond Cabin should plan on tenting and supplying their own food and water. Groups considering staying at the cabin should read our FAQ page.
  • Boil, filter, or treat chemically all water from backcountry sources.
  • Do not wash utensils in streams or ponds.
  • Observe 8PM-7AM quiet time.
Please register your hike on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's website. They will contact you if there are concerns about your itinerary, updates about trail facilities, or if other groups are planning to share the same overnight site.
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