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Old 05-09-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Maps?

Are there any maps that you guys find indispensable when hitting the trails here in Colorado? Iím picking up the Wellís book and wanted to grab other maps that I might need/want. Iíll mostly be hitting the areas west of Monument and south down to westcliff and silvercliff. I looked on the USGS store site, but itís kind of hard to tell what I might need on there.

Also, is there a good place to buy the maps locally?

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If you're interested in the tech route, you can download a phone app like BackCountry Navigator. I frequently pimp this app since I've found it so useful. Its $10, uses your GPS, allows you to cache map tiles (so you're not dependent on cell coverage). The best part is you can download all of the .GPX (Garmin) files from TrailDamage.com for free. You can also import .KMZ (Google Earth) waypoints. $10 investment and it works awesome. There is also a compass, and stats such as elevation, etc. Here's a screenshot from the app of Chinaman Gulch using the .GPX from TrailDamage:

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Paper-wise, I've always liked the Colorado Atlas ad Gazetteer. Topo maps in book form, much more manageable than the USGS folding maps. I know REI sells it.
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Does the Gazetteer get down to "logging road" level?
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Does the Gazetteer get down to "logging road" level?
Scale of 1:160,000, 1 inch represents 2.5 miles. Hoping the pic helps:


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Thanks, that is helpful.

JFjeld, can you import the Garmin files from trail damage into that app on your phone? Or do you have to have a Garmin GPS unit?
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Thanks, that is helpful.

JFjeld, can you import the Garmin files from trail damage into that app on your phone? Or do you have to have a Garmin GPS unit?
No Garmin needed. I typically transfer them from my computer via USB to my phone, but you can download them directly onto your phone via Internet and then just open them within the app. I've got an Android; if you've got an iPhone, not sure whether the app is available.

You can choose from a wide variety of maps: aerial, topo, topo with elevation, etc. The .gpx file is overlayed on the map.

Here is that same trail, this time with one of the top maps:
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Here's more info: BackCountry Navigator

You can download a trial version for free, that is full-featured, but just limited to like 30-days. Or the full version is only $10.
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No iPhone app for BackCountry

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