Downloading Route as GPX File Will Not Load Into Garmin Handheld Fix



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    Kristin McLane

    Hey @smitty42,

    It seems that the routepoints in the GPX file are importing as waypoints in your other GPS device/app. These routepoints act as the control points that you can drag to specify a route. These are important for syncing so that the app knows to recreate those control points on another device. We are discussing the best way to handle this going forward since importing files of this format to Gaia GPS does work correctly now.

    In the meantime, here is a workaround:

    • Export your route from Gaia GPS as a GPX file: Export Data as GPX, KML, or GeoJSON from
    • Visit
    • Convert the file exported from Gaia GPS: choose file > select GPX file > choose output format "GPX file" > click "Convert it"
    • Open your new GPX file in a text editor and remove all of the extraneous waypoint data that looks like this:
      <wpt lat="50.106238661" lon="-123.124182373">
    • (Please note that if your file also contains waypoints, you don't want to remove those from the file. You can see the difference because your waypoints have Names and the new ones don't. You might also want to export your routes separately from your waypoints to keep this process cleaner.)
    • Save your file and now import that to your other GPS device/app

    Another option is if you create the route in Gaia GPS using Snap-to-Trail mode instead of Straight Line mode, there will be fewer routepoints showing up as waypoints when you import the GPX elsewhere. You can see how to switch modes here: Create, Edit, and Measure Routes

    Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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