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Author Topic: Providing new routes for old trails  (Read 5492 times)
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« on: February 20, 2013, 03:15:57 pm »

A friend and I hiked Dog Mountain last weekend and I found the trails in NW Trails (I think I grabbed mine around Aug 2012) were off quite a bit in a few areas (in some cases, the switchbacks were opposite). The geocaches along the way (which made mention of "right off the trail") confirmed my route.

At least in a couple of places, the old trails might've been just that: old trails. I saw what may have been remnants of trails long-since grown over.

So I'm wondering if it's possible to submit new routes for an existing trail?

Also - because I was geocaching along the way - there's a few paths I need to snip off for an accurate trail route. Any suggestions for apps that do this? Seems I can't do this in BaseCamp, or maybe I just missed a tool in it somewhere so any guidance would be great.

My route contains a full loop and part of another one. I'd probably trim off the latter. It was full of debris and deepening snow so we turned back and took the main trail - though I will say that the trail from NW Trails seemed to be accurate here so that leg probably wouldn't need to be removed from what's already in NW Trails).
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 05:10:42 pm »

The trails in the database come from a variety of sources. In the case of Dog Mountain, they were shapefiles obtained from the Forest Service back at the start of the project 5 years ago. Those sources are notoriously inaccurate - usually tracings made from much larger scale maps. Even if a trail has been recorded by GPS, though, things can change or the GPS could have been off, so I appreciate new recordings that provide better - or even just additional - data.

BaseCamp does allow editing. Just make sure that the Drawing Tools toolbar is enabled (View > Toolbars > Drawing Tools). Once enabled,it gives you the ability to insert, move and erase trackpoints and split the line. You can also double-click on a track to call up the properties, which lets you see a list of the points and edit them as needed.

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