Hike leader ticketed for too-big group of 67, limit is 15

09.05.16 | Bob Price

The leader of a hiking trip in the Adirondacks has been ticketed for exceeding the High Peaks group size limit after two buses dropped off 67 people to climb Algonquin Peak.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the maximum penalty for the violation is a $250 fine and 15 days in jail.

Regulations for the High Peaks Wilderness limit groups to no more than 15 hikers. Camping group size is limited to 8 people.

The regulation follows "Leave No Trace" principles designed to protect the trails and natural resources and ensure a good quality experience for all users.

The rising number of hikers in the High Peaks in recent years has led to overflowing trailhead parking lots, crowds of people on popular summits, and human waste along trails.