Route Planning Website
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John Mowery
(Mow) - F

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Route Planning Website on 12/31/2007 11:56:35 MST Print View

Does anyone know of a good website that will map and then measure the actual hiking distance (not straight line) of a potential route?

Tim Heckel
(ThinAir) - M

Locale: 6237' - Manitou Springs
Trimble is a possibility on 01/12/2008 17:26:24 MST Print View

We were introduced to Trimble Outdoors through some work we did for Backpacker Magazine. I can't highly recommend their tool, but I do use it when I don't have the National Geographic Topo state map for a trip.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Route Planning Website on 01/12/2008 17:49:12 MST Print View

The more popular consumer map packages such as NG Topo! and Delorme Topo do this. You trace a path atop the base map and it will calculate trip distance and create an elevation profile. Routes can be broken into legs for more detail, daily distances, etc.

Drop in waypoints and you can organize them into a route you can upload to most GPS receivers.

John Mowery
(Mow) - F

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Thanks on 01/14/2008 14:39:59 MST Print View

Thanks Guys. Much appreciated.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
topo! on 01/14/2008 17:11:30 MST Print View

i can recommend Topo! although the interface leaves quite a bit to be desired. once you know how to work within it, you can do some cool stuff.

it's easy to trace a route on the topos, and then print out maps to take in the field. it's also dead easy to put in GPS waypoints and upload them to your GPS. i traced my whole Sierra High Route track into it, along with key waypoints (passes, lakes, trail in trees where there was going to be snow, etc.), and loaded them into a Garmin Geko 301.

the easily-generated elevation profile can be helpful too. as can the 3-D "fly thru" of the route. of course, google earth can REALLY give you a sense of what things will look like ahead of time too.


charlie babbage
(babbage) - F
Re: Route Planning Website on 01/14/2008 17:29:43 MST Print View
I have been using this for a year of more. Initial cost was about 60.00, but I got the entire US. It works very well for me.