what maps do you use

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by bicyclekid, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. bicyclekid

    bicyclekid any adventure

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    just wanted to know if you folks know of some good maps with good detail ..of trails that i can ride ...when out touring .. i usually get the maps at the gas stop but not always that good .. was wondering if any one knew how i can get a hold of national forestry maps or cdf maps .. i thnk they have current and good details of trails .. i try to avoid the pave if i can ..as long as the trails go in the general direction i'm traveling
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  2. chain

    chain Long timer Supporter

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    Welcome aboard kid
    What are you riding ,where are you at? your profile is empty.

    Ever try the Gazateers, I have them for severalstates and theyre an awesome resource for backroads, and a good way to stay off the main road

    cheers
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  3. bicyclekid

    bicyclekid any adventure

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    guess that info would help i'm on a klr650 (04 already got 17k on it man this thing can take a beatin ) i live in Oakland CA. (go raiders!!! ) but go touring when i can i'm always lookin for interesting and scenic places to visit .. i'm planning a trip to mexico in mid dec.. till mid january .. (gotta go back to work )

    but maps from any where would help i might or rather will end up in your state ...for a little while passing through ..

    i'm gonna try to do some thing about my profile now
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  4. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    Try yur local back pack'n store, like REI.

    More maps than you could ever use :nod
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  5. bicyclekid

    bicyclekid any adventure

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    well i use to work at rei and the maps are more for backpackers and or cyclist not for moto tourists ...i would love to find a source for US forestry maps
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  6. Ostrich

    Ostrich Jaded and Happy

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    We have a place in town called "Global Maps." They sell everything from hiking maps to 4x4 maps. You might want to check out Local Google to see if there is something along those lines in your town.

    Welcome Aboard :beer
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  7. Ostrich

    Ostrich Jaded and Happy

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  8. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    There is a USFS office 10 miles from my house. They have a ton of local maps. If your near a National Forest, check with the visitor center.
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  9. willbkari2

    willbkari2 No Adventure to big!

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    Anybody use the Mad Maps? Got them from the local Beemer shop. I think they are a composed in the SF Bay area.

    Great for back roads etc and scenic motorcycle rides.

    Check em out!

    Will:thumb
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  10. willbkari2

    willbkari2 No Adventure to big!

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    Check out Mad Maps too!

    There is a set of four with back roads and such oriented toward the motorcyclist.

    Very cool! :thumb
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  11. bicyclekid

    bicyclekid any adventure

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    awsome thanks all ...now i got some good leads to chase
    always lookin for that round about way to get to some places like mexico in dec ...any of you all have some good advice about that part of the world ????
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  12. wesfnw

    wesfnw portland,or

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    just picked up a "thomas guide" california road atlas.
    its smaller than the "Benchmark" road & recreation atlas.
    its got every dirt road, closed road, hikin trail etc, etc...
    wes
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  13. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    "Mad Maps" are OK... but they have traced their own loops for this Coast and have omitted some of the best roads available...
    I use a Michelin Map (small book format that fits on top of the tank bag)... it covers Canada, USA and Mexico... is quite detailled with off roads and even passes... also the maps overlap each other so you don't have to stop and turn the page right away!!!
    * This find is "thanks" to Kevin in Vancouver...
    Be well...
    Ara :freaky
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  14. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    "Mad Maps" are OK... but they have traced their own loops for this Coast and have omitted some of the best roads available...
    I use a Michelin Map (small book format that fits on top of the tank bag)... it covers Canada, USA and Mexico... is quite detailled with off roads and even passes... also the maps overlap each other so you don't have to stop and turn the page right away!!!
    * This find is "thanks" to Kevin in Vancouver...
    Be well...
    Ara :freaky
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  15. hava98

    hava98 behind the Orange Curtain

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    US Forest Service maps are available by mail for every National Forest here:

    http://www.fs.fed.us/maps/

    Can't beat the price for around $6 per map. :thumb Shipping is free.
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  16. luv2lean

    luv2lean not lost til out of gas

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    The AAA Regional maps are a good source for exploring back roads and dirt roads.
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