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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-16-2012, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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I've been working a bit with the new Google Maps "Map Maker" feature, which lets regular users edit and add details into the Google Maps system. It's possible to add hiking trails, and I've done a few already - take a look at Zoa Peak at Coquihalla Summit, for example.

If anyone else is interested in helping map out a few trails, I'm more than willing to give a tutorial or two on how to use the system.
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Cool, thanks - I didn't know people could add stuff on Google Maps!

OpenStreetMap.org is still the most complete source of trail maps that I've seen, with almost everything around the Lower Mainland (but nothing on the Coquihalla I notice now). For anyone who hasn't used the OSM site before, just click on the "+" sign near the top right and select "Cycle Map" to get a topo map with contour lines.

I also found an app called "Mapster" for the iPhone which gives you access to the same OSM data (and caches it for offline usage once you view it once). I now find I use this more than my Garmin+Ibycus since it has all the trails marked, especially for confirming trailheads/junctions etc. Also very useful for researching hiking trails when travelling, as it has worldwide coverage!
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Cool, thanks - I didn't know people could add stuff on Google Maps!

OpenStreetMap.org is still the most complete source of trail maps that I've seen, with almost everything around the Lower Mainland (but nothing on the Coquihalla I notice now). For anyone who hasn't used the OSM site before, just click on the "+" sign near the top right and select "Cycle Map" to get a topo map with contour lines.

I also found an app called "Mapster" for the iPhone which gives you access to the same OSM data (and caches it for offline usage once you view it once). I now find I use this more than my Garmin+Ibycus since it has all the trails marked, especially for confirming trailheads/junctions etc. Also very useful for researching hiking trails when travelling, as it has worldwide coverage!
Cool. I've been exploring the North Shore this year. Very helpful!
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Is there a way to add huts?
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Is there a way to add huts?
I only found these two on Cypress, so you may have to add more...

http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=49...om=15&layers=C
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I've been working a bit with the new Google Maps "Map Maker" feature, which lets regular users edit and add details into the Google Maps system. It's possible to add hiking trails, and I've done a few already - take a look at Zoa Peak at Coquihalla Summit, for example.

If anyone else is interested in helping map out a few trails, I'm more than willing to give a tutorial or two on how to use the system.
I noticed the Zoa Peak one the other day! Small world.
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OpenStreetMap is awesome. If i had the time to contribute to one of those two, I'd go with OpenStreetMap. You can take their trails and load them into GPS units. They already have a ton of trails in there worldwide.
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They have North Shore Rescue trail data for the North Shore.
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Do you have to manually draw the route into Google Maps or can you upload a track?
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Cool, but how do I make it appear in Google Earth?
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Is there a way to add huts?
I don't believe there's a point of interest category for huts yet. However, there is one for "Tea House" (ie/ Canadian Rockies). Google occasionally adds new ones when requested.

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Do you have to manually draw the route into Google Maps or can you upload a track?
You need to manually draw the route - I believe this is to prevent people from uploading copyrighted data. What I do is take my original track file and clean it up in Garmin MapSource first - removing obvious points where the GPS went haywire. I then remove everything except for the "nice" track and save it as a GPX file. I then use a tool to convert it to KML, upload it to a URL, and under Google MapMaker I select "layers" and point it to the KML url. It then draws the track in the display, and I "draw over top". I usually stay in satellite view when I do this - sometimes I can see the trail itself above tree line, and I'll draw over that rather than the GPS data. The satellite data is more accurate.
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