Sunday, March 18, 2012

Free MyTrails map now covers 37 states

MyTrailsJim Bensman’s free MyTrails map for Garmin receivers now covers 37 states, including the entire eastern US. Pretty cool for a project that started with just St. Louis area trails! This goes to show what one person can do, and it makes it even harder for me to understand why Garmin hasn’t put out a better trail product, given the massive amount of trail data found at Garmin Connect.

This is a transparent trail map, so it won’t block other maps enabled on your device. In the image at left from Asheville, NC’s popular Bent Creek area, some trails (gray) are on the underlying Garmin Topo US 2008 product, while others (red) only appear on MyTrails.

To get the MyTrails map, simply follow the link above and download and run the .exe files. Once they run, the map will be available in MapSource or BaseCamp. While the trails aren’t routable, it is nice to have additional information available on your GPS while out in the field.

Here’s a link to Jim’s map page, where you can learn more about the project and make a donation.

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Comments

  1. Thats fantastic. Moun10bike has a similar project out west at Switchbacks.com.

    I know that it is what nearly everyone out here uses. Glad to see others doing the same thing.

  2. How to download your My trails to my new Mac? You said : To get the MyTrails map, simply follow the link above and download and run the .exe files. Once they run, the map will be available in MapSource or BaseCamp.

    After download, it is 53-4706-my trails.tar, not exe files. I have Garmin BaseCamp in my Mac. I would like very much download your My trails to my BaseCamp.

    Thanks,

    Fan

  3. Yes, and the recent update add/clarifies even more – A great resource!

    TKS

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