Where do you get off-road and single-track GPS tracks from?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by jackbyo, May 1, 2017.

  1. jackbyo

    jackbyo @sunnysideup_mc

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    Hey guys

    I'm brand new to the prospect of using a GPS, but I'm hoping it will open up possibilities of finding technical off-road and single-track trails.

    Right now, my buddies and I tow our bikes to various state forests, and just go exploring for the day looking for fun trails. Usually we get a bit lost, but eventually find our way back to the forest road and then the camp.
    This is obviously a bit stupid, as some day we'll get ourselves properly lost and spend a cold night in the bush somewhere.

    But the MAIN motivator are those days where we just don't seem to find many fun trails. We'll be in a great looking state forest somewhere, seemingly stuck on graded fire-roads for the day.
    Might find a fun trail and then find it ends abruptly after a few minutes. Meanwhile locals might say stuff like "Yeah there's great trails if you know where to find them".

    So whats the solution? I'm willing to buy a GPS device if the iPhone won't cut it, but where do we get the tracks from? Maybe some bushwalking or MTB trail website or something (if legal)? Is there a database for trail riding tracks in Oz somewhere?

    Cheers
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  2. dunc

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  3. XRman

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    The help file on TauT has info that will assist you in learning to use Basecamp. This program is free from Garmin. It helps you transfer GPx files to and from your Gps. You can see where you have been riding each day on a map. You can plan rides on basecamp and trasfer that to your Gps. It takes a bit of learning but worth it.
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  4. Suncoaster

    Suncoaster Been here awhile

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    There's an app called "Track Navigator" that seems to have lots of user-uploaded MTB tracks from ridewithgps.com
    It has a lot of tracks around here, YMMV.
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  5. XRman

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    The TauT we bsite is primarily long ADV rides but ther are some local rides in the list too. Be aware that you must use the search function in each state , otherwise you will only see the last 15 tracks uploaded by users.
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  6. 802VTRider

    802VTRider Vermont Rider

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    I have a Garmin 650t and it can do everything you are talking about plus a lot more. Just like mentioned above you can download base camp and transfer and share gpx files.

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  7. FLICKIT

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    Finding track files for unmapped local tracks is hard.... What works for me... use Google Earth and search visually for tracks in the area you're interested in, then use the "add Path" function to trace the tracks out, when finished save the path as a KML file, convert them with GPSBabel to GPX (or whatever format suits your GPS/app) and load them onto your GPS... Then go and try to find them on the ground... (No doubt the same kinda thing can be done with programs like Garmin Basecamp, this is just what works for me)

    Like:
    GEtrackmakingg.jpg
    Often with single track you'll only be able to spot bits and pieces of them on the Google earth, just join the dots the best you can when you trace out the path, it's generally enough to lead you in the right direction...

    When I'm heading to a new area I spend a couple of hours on Google-Earth tracing out everything that looks like it might be a track, often a lot of it is overgrown or blocked for one reason or another, but hunting the tracks out is all part of the "adventure" for me...
    GEtrackmakingggg.jpg

    Also, start logging all your rides on GPS and load the track files into Google-Earth (or Basecamp), start building up your own map, over time you will spot other connecting tracks and such.... what I've ended up riding:
    GE-04-2017.jpg

    I use the Memory-Map app on my phone for navigation with topo maps, and I use the PC version for ride planning and looking around, but I generally always use Google Earth for making the track files..

    :)
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  8. anydavenow

    anydavenow Been here awhile

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    Wow. I know who'll be paying for your beers next time in Tassie!
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  9. jackbyo

    jackbyo @sunnysideup_mc

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    This is all making a lot more sense. Thanks!
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    Hey Gang - I can't plug Locus Maps for Android enough.. I've done tons of mapping, owned many GPS's and I'm well settled on this app - it is just awesome. Full offline maps also and easy to make new routes on the fly etc. Locus Maps. on a Ram Mount X-Grip on my bars setup correctly is now my go to mapping tool and better than anything I've used before.

    Takes a little bit to get you head around it but once you do.. so worth it. I also use another app which overlays my speed info and speed zone info which is VERY handy for on road sections.
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    Ive been using Locus too, used it for a day then paid for the pro version, offline maps is awesome, and loading in maps from google maps and TauT is sweet
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    It's all I have used for a few years now. The king of GPS apps IMO. Not much it cant do.
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  13. Nelso

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    I loaded Locus onto my iPhone and my firewall went apeshit about the site being full of malware. I got a few weird popups on my phone but the firewall blocked whatever payload was on there
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  14. Pepperjack

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    LocusMaps is only available for Android. Not sure what app you loaded!

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  15. Nelso

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    Good point. There is a Locus map application for iOS and it is a malware hive. Avoid.
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