How to create a map on alltrails

How to create a map on alltrails

Did you know that you can overlay every available USGS topo map on Google Earth for free? And that you can set it up in a matter of minutes? Here’s how:

1) Install Google Earth if you haven’t already.

3) When prompted, save the file to your computer.

4) Find and double-click the file. It will open automatically in Google Earth.

5) At this point, you’re essentially done and can begin zooming in and out on topo maps for the entire country. You need to take one more step, however, to ensure that this file remains available for future use. When you first open the file, you will see a “NGS_Topo_US_2D” icon under the “Temporary Places” folder in the left-hand “Places” column. To make this a permanent addition, move the icon to the “My Places” folder; just drag it over and drop it into “My Places.”

One great feature of this layer is that you can change its opacity. That is, you can fade it in and out so that you either see just the topo map, just the satellite image, or both simultaneously. To do so, simply slide the bar in the opacity adjustment (circled in red in the bottom picture below).

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How to create a map on alltrails

How to create a map on alltrails

How to create a map on alltrails

How to create a map on alltrails

How to create a map on alltrails

City of Bartlesville

Posted: Apr 28, 2022 9:33 AM Updated: Apr 28, 2022 9:41 AM

Pathfinder Maps, Details Available on “AllTrails” App

How to create a map on alltrails

In an effort to reduce the amount of litter left behind at Pathfinder Parkway, the City of Bartlesville’s Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging patrons to go mobile.

Pedestrians and cyclists alike can download the AllTrails app, an interactive app designed to view trail maps and information. The app is available for both Apple and Android users and provides a range of user-friendly features, such as navigation and tracking, time tracking, elevation changes, total distance, average pace, average speed, and calories burned.

In addition, the use of mobile trail maps helps to reduce littler left behind on trails.

In a statement, Community Development Director Lisa Beeman said:

“In the past, we had trail maps printed for Pathfinder Parkway. They are nice, but when we leave them out at the trailheads, people just throw them around and they become litter. So rather than print new trail maps, I would like to encourage people to use the AllTrails app on their smartphone.”

I’m very happy with my instinct and I’m using it mainly for running (off and on streets).

As it also provides navigation capability I was looking for a way to upload a new running track (from PC or phone) before I try it the first time.
The idea is to have the instinct point me into the right direction during running workout so I don’t get lost 🙂

I’ve looked online, in the help, in here and also tried the Garmin Explore app but couldn’t find a way to upload a map.

Am I missing something?
If this is not possible do you know an alternative which may give me roughly the same feature (like recording the track with the instinct while driving and use this data)

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You can’t upload maps to the Instinct but you can upload a “Route/Course”. Go into your Garmin Explore app (assuming that you’ve downloaded maps via Garmin Explorer) and hit the + button in the upper left. Then based on your area (or one that you scroll too), create a route and then save it. You then can upload that to your watch.

Then you can go into “Navigate” on your watch (activity) and look for your uploaded course.

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Thanks. I’ve tried it and could create a map.
In your last sentence you say I have to choose the “Navigate” activity to look at the course though. So I can’t use a coure on a running activity?
I would like to have running data (elevation, pace, auto-lap, . ) during the navigation.

No chance there?

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I use Garmin BaseCamp. There is a big difference between Explore and BaseCamp. Basically in Explore you can’t select and import to the Instinct a track on the map: you have to manually add each point. On BaseCamp I can select and directly import an existing track (in the map) to my Instinct. This is faster and more precise.
Explore is very useful if you are outdoor with no computer but only your mobile.

EDIT: yes, you can follow a route during an activity, example trail run. In the activity, there is a page with the map. Long press on Menu and then select Navigation. I use a lot this feature. Note: Navigation (within an activity) is different than Navigate (which is a kind of activity by itself).

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On BaseCamp I can select and directly import an existing track (in the map) to my Instinct.

If you have an existing GPX file, you can also copy that to the garmin/gpx folder (or similar) when the watch is connected to a PC.

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Where should copy the GPX file for following the track? I see a folder name “Courses” when I connect my Garmin instinct watch to my computer. Should I copy in this folder ?

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Copy to the Newfiles folder. Once disconnected, the watch will automatically format and move to the correct folder.

Makes it easy to share on almost any device

Google Maps’ map data format of choice is KML, but they do support many other formats including GPX.

GPX, also commonly referred to as GPS eXchange format, is an open standard XML type that contains Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates on top of additional map data. The format has seen increased growth and is used by many manufacturers as their preferred native format no matter the device.

How to create a map on alltrails

Think of GPX in the way that you would an image file format like JPG or PNG. There is no single universal standard for an image file but most would prefer the use of either JPG or PNG to any other format available. They’re easiest to use and readily accepted on almost all platforms.

GPX is essentially the JPG of the map data world. It makes it easy to share map data with an audience and allows that data to be viewed on almost any device they choose.

Although Google Maps does support GPX, the file will still need to be converted into the KML format. GPX is not considered to be one of the easier formats to import into Google Maps and can face difficulties depending on the amount of data moved.

Google Maps will convert the GPX file automatically to varying results, hence the mentioned difficulty, or you can choose to pre-convert the file yourself prior to the import. Regardless, GPX is still widely popular and universally accepted on almost all devices that can store map data.

Importing a GPX File Into Google Maps

The process isn’t overly complicated if all you want to do is load up a GPX file directly into Google Maps. It’s not an ideal situation as there is a chance that doing so directly could result in a loss of map data. The reason for this is that Google Maps will be forced to convert your GPX file into a KML file for use on the platform.

It can still work just fine but I felt it was pertinent information to have just in case there is a lot of data that needs converting. If all you need is a quick solution to pop over the GPX file into Google Maps, you can follow these steps.

  • The first thing you’ll need to do is sign in to My Maps.
  • Next, in the top-left corner of the screen, click on the menu icon and look for Create new map. Click on it to pull up a new map that should be centered on your current location.

How to create a map on alltrails

  • Then, follow this up by clicking on Add Layer. You can find this option in the menu on the left. Just under that layer, click the Import link.

How to create a map on alltrails

  • An option to import the GPX file from your computer will present itself. You can choose to do so or simply drag and drop the file directly into the area provided. Hit the Upload button and your map waypoints should be added to the new map, automatically.

It seems simple enough, right? The process really is. However, there is still that possibility your GPX file was not fully converted by Google Maps and didn’t produce all of the necessary data. It will benefit you more in the end if you decide to convert the map file to KML yourself, prior to uploading it to Google Maps.

How To Convert a GPX Into a KML

The best way to ensure that all data from a GPX file is properly imported into Google Maps is to first convert it to KML, Google’s preferred format. There is plenty of conversion software available to you online, which is likely the more convenient route to take. Just type GPX to KML converter into your search engine and you’ll receive plenty of results from which to choose.

Typically, these programs will be free to use but some will require a quick installation. I would recommend as it is both lightweight and easy to use.

How to create a map on alltrails

  • Once you find the right one for you, simply upload your GPX file and select KML (or Google Maps) as your output format. Most conversions take very little time at all to complete so you should expect to have a fully converted file produced rather quickly.
  • As soon as the file has been converted, download and save it to your system, then follow the steps detailed above on how to upload a file to Google Maps.

Taking an additional few moments to knock out this step will ensure that no data is lost during the upload. After the converted file has been uploaded to Google Maps, you can perform any of the necessary actions that you would normally when using the tool.

Already working on a map? If you’d like, you can save the recently imported data onto the currently viewed map as either a replacement of the current data or as an overlay.

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