Many people take the woods to hike the trails in solitude. But if you plan on hiking a low-traffic or remote trail you may want to consider hiking with a group of fellow hikers. Benefits of hiking in a group include the distribution of hiking gear. This will help lighten the load on long distance back packing trips when you don't have to carry all the gear yourself. Hiking in a group also assures you will have assistance in case of an emergency. Finally, by hiking with a group you can learn from more experienced hikers or even pass on your knowledge to hikers that haven't logged as many miles as you.