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Hi,

this site: 4UMaps.eu has free Outdoor/Hiking maps. They just added Canada and USA.
Could be interesting  :)

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Hmmmm.  Just playin' around with it on-line the contours seem to be pretty big...seem slike they are 20 mteres or even larger---and the detail is minimal.  Don't think these would work very well for real trail navigation...

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Here is a source of free USGS maps good for trail use.

http://archive.org/details/maps_usgs


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I like this thread... spam you can use :)

Here are some more goodies:

Libre Map Project: USGS Quads by State

USGS Store: Download Current and Historic topos

US Forest Service version of US TOPO: Download here

USGS The National Map 2.0 Viewer


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Hmmmm.  Just playin' around with it on-line the contours seem to be pretty big...seem slike they are 20 mteres or even larger---and the detail is minimal.  Don't think these would work very well for real trail navigation...

Hmmmm 20 meters only? Your gps is less sensitive sometimes.
What are you looking for in the outback?  :)

True, for some areas details are rare, but for others perfect. Looks like it is based on OpenStreetMap data. You could add missing features in your area, then it's getting better....
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Hmmmm.  Just playin' around with it on-line the contours seem to be pretty big...seem slike they are 20 mteres or even larger---and the detail is minimal.  Don't think these would work very well for real trail navigation...

Hmmmm 20 meters only? Your gps is less sensitive sometimes.
What are you looking for in the outback?  :)

True, for some areas details are rare, but for others perfect. Looks like it is based on OpenStreetMap data. You could add missing features in your area, then it's getting better....

I'm looking for places that too steep to get up or down.  I'm not in the habit of using my GPS to determine whether I'm about to go over a cliff, but I do generally use a map to determine whether a cliff may block my route.  You may want to rethink your usage models for both maps and GPS units and you probably don't want to dig your hole any deeper.
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gps accuracy is hardly the issue with too large an elevation scale to show useful ground topographic detail for actual in the field navigation.

And the OP not knowing that is a puzzle for someone touting maps.

So okay trail "hiking" maps where elevation gain and loss is more of an effort issue rather than a navigation issue.
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And we like acmemapper for a better example of what you need when you are backpacking.

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Last year I started using those historical topos to map old wagon and other trails through Allegany state park and the surrounding state forest.  I import the maps into Expertgps, then trace the old trails to print on an updated topo and transfer the gpx to my gps.

Then I try to follow the trail on the ground.  It's amazing how much of 50 to 100 year old trails can still be recognized on the ground from vegetation patterns.  And the occasional old foundation or pile of stones I find now have some context to them
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This link starts Gmap4 and displays a high resolution topo for a random spot in Allegany State Park:

http://www.mappingsupport.com/p....?q=http

To find your own favorite spot, try Menu ==> Search

Gmap4 homepage:  http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.html

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