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Navigating the Site

Select the Search tab to seach by keyword or drill down to discover trail systems, trails and routes.

Road or trail names appearing in italics indicate that the authors of this site didn't know an official or well-accepted name for the road or trail and made one up. Future updates of the site may provide a more accurate name for the road or trail.

Click the show on map link at the top of each page to pan/zoom the map to show the item.

Click the animate link at the top of trail/route pages to see an icon trace its way around the route or trail. This feature will not zoom or pan to show the route or trail though, you should use the show on map link or otherwise make sure the trail or route is shown before clicking animate.

Select What's New? to see recent updates.

Select the Directions tab to get driving directions between locations or geographic coordinates. When you click on the Directions tab, the "To" field will be populated with the center of the map location. Moving the map will cause the "To" field to be updated. If a trailhead popup is visible, the "To" field will be populated with the coordinates of the trailhead.


Controlling the Map

Click the tab hanging off of the right side of this panel to hide/show this panel.

Pan the map by clicking, dragging and dropping it.

Zoom the map by double clicking, by using the zoom buttons in the bottom-right or by using the mouse's scroll wheel. Different things are displayed at different zoom levels. At lower levels, trailheads are displayed. Zooming in further reveals points of interest. Continuing to zoom in reveals roads, both paved and unpaved. Zooming further reveals trails. Unexplored and overgrown trails are only revealed at high zoom levels.

Open the map layers panel by clicking the tab hanging off of the center-right of the map. Choose map layers by checking/unchecking checkboxes and radio buttons. Leaving the top set of checkboxes unchecked displays a nearly blank map, but you may check any number of checkboxes to combine map layers. Click Apply Changes to apply the selected layers.

You can also change the width and height of the map. If you want to print a map larger than what is visible on your screen, you can use this feature to set the map dimensions beyond the dimensions of your screen. The width and height may be set individually or together. If one or the other is left empty, the screen dimension will be used.

Click the tab hanging off of the left side of the map layers panel to hide the panel.

If you want to know the geographical coordinates of a point on the map, click the icon in the bottom-right. Clicking it will cause it's border to turn blue and will turn the cursor into a set of crosshairs. At that time, clicking anywhere on the map will cause a blue dot to be displayed with the latitude and longitude of that location displayed above it. As long as the border of the icon is blue, clicking on the map will cause a new blue dot to be displayed. To stop displaying dots, just click on the icon again. Its border should turn white and the cursor should turn back into a pointer.

To remove a blue dot, just click on the dot itself.

To replace the latitude/longitude with different text, click the latitude/longitude, type in the text you want and hit enter.

The numbers above the icon show the magnetic declination of the center of the map.


Trail Types

Major trails include documented, inventoried and well known roads or trails. Most trail users would be interested in these trails.

Minor trails include private, residential, undocumented, uninventoried, and not-very-well-known roads or trails. The average trail user wouldn't be interested in these trails, but some trail users might.

Obscure trails include overgrown, hard-to-find, hard-to-follow or generally uninteresting trails. Few trail users would be interested in these trails.

Trails which show up as solid lines have been explored by the authors of this site. Trails which show up as dashed lines have not been explored by the authors of this site. The routes shown for unexplored trails were derived from publicly available data such as GIS data, aerial or satellite photos, maps or GPX files. These sources are believed to be reliable by the authors of this site, but the routes shown should not be considered authoritative.

Trails are also color coded. Here are descriptions of each color

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