GPS Maps for Washington forest roads?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - West & PNW' started by Palledorous, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. Palledorous

    Palledorous Adventurer

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    Hey gang,

    I just picked up a Garmin 60csx and am wondering if there are any good maps out there with Washington state forest roads. I do a lot of riding into the wild out here and want a map that will show me what's ahead. Does that exist?

    thanks
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  2. jwd98056

    jwd98056 Been here awhile

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    The Garmin "TOPO U.S. 24K - Northwest" is the best I have found. I don't think I have loaded a track that I couldn't create an autoroute to duplicate it with this mapset. I'm sure I will run into one sometime but it is the best off road map database for the Pacific NW that I have found so far. I am using it on a Zumo 550.
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  3. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

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    Few people like topo in hand helds because of too many lines. City Nav or old Roads & Rec both will show 90% of all roads and trails.

    The big question is when will there be a map set showing the now Legal roads after each forest complets their Route Designation process.
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  4. Palledorous

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    Thanks for the help. I'll be comparing the city nav with the topo 24k this week. I currently have topo 100k which shows a lot of the mountain roads. Is the 24k more detailed? I've heard mixed reviews about this.
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  5. jwd98056

    jwd98056 Been here awhile

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    Yes they have more off road detail, most of which is fully routable. Something the Topo U.S. 100k does not support.

    I actually have the Topo U.S. 24k West DVD not the Northwest series that can be purchased on an SD memory card. The DVD covers WA, OR, CA & NV.
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  6. Hammer

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    There's no way they can do this because even if it were correct when published, it would change without notice. You are at the mercy of the USFS, unless your M/C and skillset is faster then they are

    which isn't hard to do.... :evil
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  7. MasterMarine

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  8. Sapling

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    This is what I use as well. Great info there. I overlay it on my topo software for the best of both worlds.
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  10. MedLebowski

    MedLebowski Calmer than you are

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    I've used both the NW Topos and NW united states files at GPSFileDepot and they are fantastic (they are also free). However, I cannot compare to the Garmin topo files as I have done all in my power to not buy their maps. My only wish was for the auto routing features. I did however find that when I used these files with my gazatteer, it was a great companion for navigating the maze of forest service roads in central Oregon.:cromag
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  11. frdbronco8

    frdbronco8 Been here awhile

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    Just got a 60CSx and have no idea what Im doing. Do I have to install the supplied software before I can download these maps? Cause it "stops responding" everytime I put the disk in...... Might be time for a new computer.
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  12. frdbronco8

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    Ah ha I finally got the cd to load. I downloaded the NW trails map but I cant open it with the program provided..... any ideaS?
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