Hiya V. Good question. This is not a big group hike. We usually do not hike in groups of more than 4 or 5. Even though you see this long list of people, some people will start hiking Wed or Thursday. Others do Friday. Some even wait until Satuday to start and some have to leave on Saturday. Some have told me they are not hiking, but are staying at Red Creek Campground and said to stop on by and say hello. They are interested in the bird banding.
That's why I called it a "freestyle event" in the first post. People are starting out on different days, different times, different trail heads, and hiking different routes. In the first post I encourage people to explore different routes. Some of us are just ending up in the same place at the end of the day. And even then the group is not one large group. That's why we picked the camping areas we did. People spread out into the different established camping areas so that we don't go over the number of people allowed. There are no organized group meals or anything like that that gathers people into one spot like at other hangs. Some of us don't even see others that are listed here unless you make the effort to hike around and meet everyone. (And you may still miss some that are camping in out of the way places.) Saturday and Sunday mornings -- again people start at different times and take different routes. So there will not be groups of 10 or more hiking together either day. Last year I think the largest group we may have had was 6 hiking together.
Last year we saw a large boy scout troop come up on the mountain in a bunch of vans together. We had the same conversation with them. Asking how they hiked it with all the scouts. They told us they split up in to different hiking groups and start from different trailheads.
Last edited by HappyCamper; 08-02-2011 at 17:39..