Just a quick and probably repeat question; we're packing out the first week in August for a 6 day hike with a small group of scouts. My question is this: how busy can I expect the island to be? We plan on arriving via Houghton to Rock Harbor and heading to Daisy Farm our first night. Are we going to run into lots of groups of others? How often are campsites super busy? We don't plan on reserving any sites just to preserve the flexibility of choosing sites.
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So if you're 6 or less--I would expect most campgrounds to be pretty full that time of year. Getting on the trail early and into camp early is the best advice I have. When full, they ask you to share sites, which is the practice, but I've only had to do that once. And then there was the last week of July when there were only 3 sites used at Daisy Farm--so you never know.