This article will show you how to:
- Create a route on the website.
- Plan a trip along existing hiking or biking trails and roads with Snap-to-Trail modes.
- Measure point-to-point distances and map out off-trail adventures using the Straight-Line mode.
- Generate elevation profiles and calculate the length of your route.
Create a Route
- Click Explore the Map or navigate to gaiagps.com/map/
- Search for a place you would like to plan a route.
- Click the Create Route icon.
- Click the Routing Mode dropdown menu to change the type of route.
- Select Hiking, Cycling, and Driving to snap to the nearest trails or roads. (Snap-to-Tail notes)
- Select Straight line to manually draw line-segmented routes. (Straight-Line notes)
- Click the map to create the starting point for your route.
- Click the map again to add nodes along your route. Add as many nodes as you'd like.
- Click, hold, and drag the map to pan around.
- Scroll to zoom the map in and out.
- View route distance and cumulative ascent/descent in the menu at the bottom of your screen.
- Hover over the interactive elevation profile to see corresponding locations along your route.
- Convert any route node to a waypoint:
- Click a node, then click the green waypoint icon.
- Name and save your waypoint.
- Delete or adjust route nodes:
- Click a node, then click the red trashcan to delete.
- Click, hold, and drag a node to move it to a new location.
Save the Route
- Click Save when you are finished plotting your route.
- Add a Route Title and any Notes.
- Change the route's color with the dropdown menu.
- Your route is now saved. Sync your data to access the route on your devices.
Edit your Routes
After you save a route, you might need to edit it if your plans change.
To edit a route, follow the instructions here: Edit a Saved Route on gaiagps.com
The Snap-to-Trail feature utilizes OpenStreetMap data. Use OSM-based map sources like Gaia Topo for the best results. Here is a partial list of snap-to-trail compatible map sources:
- Snap-to-trail routes cannot extend beyond 250 miles.
- Snap-to-trail data is not available for Antarctica at this time.
- Straight-line mode will take over if no nearby trails or roads exist.
Straight-line mode has numerous applications. Some possible uses include:
- Establishing an off-trail hiking route
- Setting a backcountry skiing skin track
- Evaluating day lengths on a river trip
- Measuring fly-over distances between two points