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kappaknight 05-07-2013 02:16 PM

Need help with Jeep Trails site
 
As most of you know, I'm working on a new site/resource for Jeep newbies to use to discover new trails in our area. One of the things I would really love to do is to include in our write ups is a map (i.e. Google maps, Bing maps, etc.) with the actual trail highlighted.

Do any of you know of a good/easy way to get this done?

Just figured I crowd source this technical question since my experience with it hasn't been too much.

Thanks!

twarner776 05-07-2013 03:34 PM

is everytrail or something similar a option? Im interested in a site dedicated to local trail maps for sure.

kappaknight 05-07-2013 03:43 PM

As long as the trail is legal and we can find it on a map, or map it on a map, we can include it on the site.

I'm looking for a quick way to highlight the trail on the map though (if that's possible)

twarner776 05-07-2013 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kappaknight (Post 3730116)
As long as the trail is legal and we can find it on a map, or map it on a map, we can include it on the site.

I'm looking for a quick way to highlight the trail on the map though (if that's possible)

I dont know of a way to highlight something on a map without using a app to do it. I know that everytrail uses GPS coordinates and records them. I believe there is a way to then export to google earth/maps.

Not sure how to verify if it is a legal trail

kappaknight 05-07-2013 03:52 PM

Legal / illegal - the community will tell us. :) (I hope)

mlemoine 05-07-2013 04:51 PM

For runners, they have programs like run keeper that you can draw out your course and tell you the distance. There has to be something similar for trails you would think.

mlemoine 05-07-2013 04:54 PM

I have an app called Backcountry Navigator, it's an off road topo map

cleveland99 05-07-2013 05:36 PM

Jkdreams uses rambler hit him up kappa it works good it tells ride length elevation change time on ride map of ride its cool

kappaknight 05-07-2013 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cleveland99 (Post 3730476)
Jkdreams uses rambler hit him up kappa it works good it tells ride length elevation change time on ride map of ride its cool

I've seen it and it's very cool. Not sure if it can be embedded on a different site though. Also, we can't physically go to every trail we want to review, so we're looking for something universal and fast that we can manage remotely.

tsnell 05-07-2013 07:24 PM

Wei,
I have DeLorme Top version 8. It has a lot of the functions you are speaking of. It is not compatible with Windows 8. I will give it to you.

kappaknight 05-07-2013 08:03 PM

I use a Mac - does that make things more difficult? I have Windows 7 on a VM... but would prefer online resources for future proofing delegating the work. :)

Jelf 05-08-2013 08:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kappaknight (Post 3729789)
As most of you know, I'm working on a new site/resource for Jeep newbies to use to discover new trails in our area. One of the things I would really love to do is to include in our write ups is a map (i.e. Google maps, Bing maps, etc.) with the actual trail highlighted.

Do any of you know of a good/easy way to get this done?

One word: Gmap4.

I am a software developer and I wrote this enhanced Google map viewer to do what you want to do. This project is part of my way to “pay it forward”. Translation: Gmap4 is free for non-commercial use. It is popular with people that enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities.

Here is an example of an extensive trail system that is displayed with Gmap4. Start at
The Groton Trails Network
and follow the link for "Interactive Maps" at the top of the screen.

Gmap4 displays high resolution topos for the USA. Here is an example zoomed in on a random spot not too far from Atlanta:
http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap...2538&t=t4&z=16

Gmap4 is a browser app, not a native app. Gmap4 runs in most browsers on most devices from smartphones to desktops. Note that the browser does have to be online. When Gmap4 is running in the browser on a smartphone or other mobile device it automatically uses a touch-friendly ‘scroll’ interface. (If your phone/tablet does not like the scroll interface then touch Menu ==> Button Interface.)

To trace trails with Gmap4 use Menu ==> Draw and Save.

You could make GPX files with Gmap4 and then convert them to KML with GPSBabel.

I recommend using KML files for your trail data.
https://developers.google.com/kml/documentation/

I also recommend using shared KML styles.
Download some of the Groton KML files to see how this is done.

If you are on a PC and need a good free editor, I recommend (and use) Notepad++.

Gmap4 has a liquid design and can live in an iframe down to 400px by 400px.

Various websites/forums are using embedded Gmap4 maps. The admins of this forum are welcome to do so.

Here is the recipe for making a link that will start Gmap4 and display a map:

1. Simply use zoom/pan or Menu==>Search to find the area you want to see when the map opens.
2. Click the button in the upper right corner and select “t4 Topo High” or one of the other choices. Also adjust the zoom to your liking (mouse wheel or sliding control in upper left corner).
3. Click Menu ==> "Link to this map". The link that is displayed will reproduce the same map you see on your screen.

These Gmap4 links can be used in forum posts, emails, blogs, websites, etc.

The Gmap4 homepage has a FAQ, examples, quick start info (in the Help file) and more to quickly get you up to speed.

Gmap4 default map: http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php

Gmap4 homepage: Gmap4 = Free Online Topo Maps + Google Maps + More

Joseph, the Gmap4 guy
Redmond, WA

jkdreams 05-10-2013 09:47 AM

You've seen my Ramblr site?
ramblr - blog your stories on a map.

I would be happy to map the EXACT trail with pics and all. Just give me the trail and I'll drive it. With a little practice, I should be able to get the GPS coordinates locked into them also. This would also be great to help newbies stay off the private off shoots that always look so fun and so often get (some of) us into trouble.

Kappa, PM me and we can figure out which trail you want to try first.

kappaknight 05-10-2013 02:52 PM

Thanks JKD! I'll PM you this weekend...

Fireaxe 05-20-2013 04:45 PM

Cool ideas....
@jkdreams...Cool ramblr link

kappaknight 07-23-2013 11:45 PM

So - still haven't figured out the maps thing yet... <ashamed>

However, on a separate note, I wanted to let you guys know we are now on Facebook - search for "Jeeps on Trails" or go to facebook.com/JeepsonTrails

Right now we're doing a giveaway with SpiderWebShade as well as running a 10% off promo. Assuming the campaign goes well, we would love to do a lot more of it. Check it out if you get a chance.


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