- Jan 8, 2018 at 12:29 am #3511239
Matthew RBPL Member
I am intending to fastpack the Palmetto Trail in South Carolina. I am aware of the PT Association’s on-line maps, but they do not provide the sort of detail necessary for accurate and quick navigation. I have diddled around with GAIA GPS to plot my route, but frankly, I find the program VERY cumbersome to master (my apologies, GAIA). Does anyone have any other suggestions of software that a semi-literate computer user can employ to plot a route and then download to his phone (or better yet, real maps of the PT that I’m not aware of). For what it’s worth, I’m using Scot Ward’s Thru-Hiker Manual to bridge the incomplete sections of the trail. Thanks for any suggestions.Jan 8, 2018 at 12:36 am #3511240Jan 8, 2018 at 2:33 am #3511252
Have you checked out the Palmetto Trail Low Country Guide? Says it includes detailed maps, but I don’t know anything about it, just found it online (it’s a book, not an online map).
Also, Traillink lists some Palmetto Trail maps, but I can’t access them since I don’t care to register. You could check those out. I don’t know if they have the entire trail, as Traillink is a rails-to-trails organization.Jan 8, 2018 at 6:10 pm #3511311
Andrew JohnsonBPL Member
@trailbehind-2Locale: San Pablo Park
I’m not sure how you’ve been doing it, but often times people will plot a route using gaiagps.com/map, so they have a bigger screen. Then, that route will sync to the app, and you can press “Download Maps for Track” for the route, and that should be everything you need.Jan 12, 2018 at 9:19 pm #3512079
Jeff McWilliamsBPL Member
Have you tried Caltopo?
Here’s a link to a Caltopo map I created: https://caltopo.com/m/8NBE
In the upper right corner you can select which map is drawn. I defaulted to the Google Map, but for Trail information, “Mapbuilder Topo” will probably be the best for your use, as it shows the Palmetto Trail.
You’ll see that I traced the route from Lake Moultrie SE to the coast. This took me about 2 minutes to do on a PC. Caltopo can autoroute pretty easily. It’s basically incorporating information from Open Street Maps.
It would take, maybe 15 – 30 minutes or so to trace the rest of the trail to its northwestern terminus, assuming it’s all in the OSM database.
Once you have the entire route in caltopo, you could export it as a GPX. Import the GPX into GaiaGPS on your SmartPhone, and have it automatically download the maps along the route as Andrew suggests above. That way you’ll have the maps in your phone even when you don’t get cell reception.
Paper maps would be good too. You’d probably need a Caltopo “Pro” account to generate a series of 11×17 paper maps covering the route, if that’s the type of paper map that works best for you.
I’m not familiar with the trail or SC at all really, so I can’t say whether the Caltopo paper map will work better or worse than other paper maps of the trail will.
If you want to directly edit the Caltopo map link above, Caltopo may ask you for a “writable” password for that online map (since it’s owned by me). The PW is “palmetto”.
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