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Release Notes
Snowmobile Trails map for Garmin GPS
NH ME VT NY and QC (and all combinations thereof)

V1.54


Version 1.54 – March 9, 2017

Corrected erroneous  note of location of maps for Montana in the GPSmaploader install script. They go in the /Garmin folder.

Maine

Corrected trail names for ITS 83, ITS 85 and ITS 81-85
Refined and added several Maine Trails, and added and refined more POI's.
Removed the unnecessary top level folder in  the ZIP file downloads.

Quebec

Corrected northern extent of P23

Osmand in Android

Updated in the newer version of Osmand on android. All map updates have been updated to this new format.

 

Thanks to Dave D. , Tom M., Jim L. for tracks, assistance and map corrections


 

Version 1.53 – February 10, 2017

Added enhanced information for all Maine Gas Stops and convenience stores. Reroutes to ME 86 88, 88A .
Refined and added several Maine Trails, and added and refined numerous POI's.


 

Version 1.52 – February 7, 2017

Added Vermont Corridor C102/98C
Added Lancaster Fairground POI in NH

Quebec map – Corrections to trail into Quebec from Pittsburg
Add enhanced contact info for VT Gas stations. Add additional POIs.
VT visual bridges for OsmAnd app on android.
Split more trails for better spoken navigation instructions in VT.

Added many additional POIs in VT.


 

Version 1.51 – February 1, 2017

Added enhanced POI data to New York gas stations and convenience stores
Added many POIs for restaurants and hotels and Gas station  in NY, especially in Old Forge and Lake George areas.

Several small trail refinements in NY
NH – Corrected C17A around Bow Lake Added West side Alton Bay Trail


 

Version 1.50 – January 16, 2017


Trail and POI additions and refinements to Quebec
Trail and POI refinements to Maine, and New Hampshire.
Convenience stores listed in POI Food category.


 

Version 1.49 – January 6, 2017

New Hampshire

Reroute C24 in Bridgewater.
Add southern crossings into Maine  (ice conditions permitting)

Closure or C22 in Ossippee
Added contact into to Gas POI's
Refinements to several trails.

 

Maine

Updated many POI's and added contact into to gas POI's and convenience stores
Added southern crossings into NH (ice conditions permitting)
Added many minor trails and refinements to many more.

 

NH ME VT for OSMAND

 Updated *.obf files but sqlitedb and online tiles not yet updated.

 


 

Version 1.48 –  December 22, 2016 

All snowmobile trail maps
  Added phone, website URL's and address (where available) for all Lodging, Restaurant and many Fuel POI's

  Many new POI's added, and outdated ones removed.
  Note: not all GPS models can display this information for map icons. Most GPS model can display it from WHERE TO? – EXTRAS – CUSTOM POIs.

  OsmAnd on Android maps can display it from a clicked map point by using the SHOW Description button.

  Clicking on sections of the show description text can open a phone number in your dialer, or open a website. (Internet access required)

  This additional data can be useful for checking a website for menu items, lodging rates, or to call ahead to make reservations and verify open status.

Maine
 Add Northeast Carry Road trail North or North Bay
 Many major and minor trail updates

Vermont

 Many major and minor trail updates

Added one lake crossing NY to VT over Lake Champlain

 

New Hampshire
  Many major and minor trail updates
  Added Stone Warming hut at Stinson Mountain trail system

  Updates to Moultonborough Club trail system.

New York
   Many major and minor trail updates

  Added one lake crossing NY to VT over Lake Champlain

 

Osmand on Android NH ME VT

  .obf vector files have been updated for new description information and trails, but SQLITE raster maps not yet updated.

  SQLITE raster maps will be updated in a few days. This page will be updated.

 

Free Online SledMap.

  Not yet updated, will be in a few days. This page will be updated
 

 


Version 1.47 –  February 4, 2016 

Maine

Added border crossings into Quebec
Refine ITS 92
Split more trails to improve announcements at trail intersections.

New Hampshire

Added border crossings into Quebec
Indicate reopening of C22 in Ossipee
Refine some trails in Coos
Split more trails to improve announcements at trail intersections.

Vermont

Added border crossings into Quebec
Added several POI's in Derby
Trail refinements in Derby
Add several small club trails in NEK

Quebec

Initial release of Quebec Snow trail map for Garmin, and NH ME VT NY QC snowmobile trail map for Garmin.

ALL

Removed outdated help files from the windows installer program.
Re-organization of custom POI files by State/Province.
POI's limited to purchased States/Provinces.

Thanks to Norman B. for validation tracks.

OsmAnd on Android

Note: Availability or routing trail map for OsmAnd on Android will be announced here a a later time.


Version 1.46 – Released 12/15/2015

Maine

Add east-west trail north of Kezar Lake Maine.
Refine ITS 80 North or Stearns Pond.
Added Hawk Mountain Trail and scenic overlook.
Added Highland Lake crossing and Highland Lake Resort.
Added Several South Bridgeton Trails and Lake Crossings.
Add several trails around Damariscotta Lake.
Refine ITS 15, 115
Many club trail refinements and additions.

NH

Added Miss Wakefield Diner POI.
Added 7 Lakes – Lakes Run Trail.
Added Woodman NH Gas and Restaurant POIs.
Refine 19, alt 19 and several club trails in Conway NH.
Trail name refinements Twin Mountain NH.
Added Cascade Alpine Scenic Waterfall POI and trail in Berlin NH.
Closure of the Groveton Covered Bridge.
Added legal offtrail (ATV) trails in Jericho State Park.
Added Wolfboro Dock Access Trail
Added Mount Major Trail, Scenic outlook
Refine 22 in Alton
Refine and add trails in Pawtuckaway State Park.
Add P399

VT

Added Corridor 91 and services trail and POIs in Bradford VT.
Add several POIs and club level trails.
Reroute C12
Add 9F East of Harriman Reservoir
Reroute 8 Guilford
Add several Guilford Pitstoppers club trails.
Reroute C30 East of Lake Bomoseen
Add C31 approximated.
Add 30~ around Lake St. Catherine Golf Course
Add Herrick Mountain trail.
Add several Poultney Snowdevils trails.
Refine C7 in Healdville.

NY

Add several secondary trails.
Add several POIs for food, parking and lodging.

Osmand Maps RELEASED on 1/4/2016

Thanks to Bill P., Randy V., Glenn M.


Version 1.45 – Released 4/3/2015

Reroute ME ITS 90, 112
Refine ITS83A 85, 83-90,105, 79, 81, 100, 100A, 94, 81-85
Connect NH 19 and 22 in Ossipee, Remove inaccessible gas.
Trail name refinements.

Thanks to James S., Tom M., Chris C., Jeff W., Aaron S., Jim L., Mike D., Norman B., Randy V.


Version 1.44 – Released 4/6/2015

Refine and rename club trails around Millinocket Maine
ITS 89 reroute
Added Otisfield Trail Blazers Club trails
Refine NH C6 around Lake Horace
Added Club trails north and south of Bow Lake
Added Lakes run between Lee NH and West Nottingham.
NH C17 reroutes and refinements

Thanks to Jeff W., Chris C., Doug D.

The routing trail map for OSMAND was updated to V44 on 3/6/2015.


Version 1.43 – Released 2/27/2015

Corridor 24 Reroute in Boscawen
NH 126 Reroute
Refine NH C5, C2 in Cannan
Refine C11 in Jefferson Notch, north or Plymouth and through Franconia Notch
Refine NH P155 Ellsworth
Refine some Twin Mountain Trails
Added many  Gas and Food stops in NY.
Added several club trails south of Sebago Lake Maine.
Add nice club trail east of Millinocket, Refined ITS 83 and added gas in East Millinocket.
Added club trail east of Matagamon Wilderness
No VT changes.

Thanks to Norman B., James S., Chris C., Mike D.,


Version 1.42 – Released 2/27/2015

Added new NH Southern New Hampshire Snow Slickers Trail (SNSS)
Refine ME ITS 81 north of Grand Falls Plantation
Resolution refinements to ITS 83, 84, and 104
Refinements and reroute for logging, NH Nash Stream area.
Added East Cowen Hill Trail in Pittsburg.
Minor trail refinements in NY, added several  Food and Gas POIs.
VT and NH – add names to several covered bridge attractions.
Added and refined trails Around Pawtuckaway Lake and Great Bay in NH
Refine and Reroute ME 105 in Linneus ME
Added several club trails around Presque Isle
Reroute 83 Bypass trail
Added Several Club trails in ME, the Country
Added Island Falls town trail and Gas stop
Refine ITS 83

Thanks to Norman B., Mike D. , John R. , John A.

 


Version 1.41 – Released 2/8/2015

Refine C13 and club trails in Hollis and Brookline NH
Add several small club trails in Wilton NH
Refinements or Rindge, Marlborough, Dublin NH trails
Refinements Around Sebago ME, added Hancock Road trail and ice crossing of Hancock Lake .
Refined C80 curves on power lines northeast of Kezar Lake.
Refinements Around NH Bear Brook state Park and Barnstead and Loudon

OamAnd maps are still at V39. Update will be announced here when V41 is available.

Thanks to Brad K. , Norman B. for track contributions and corrections.

 


Version 1.40 – Released 1/22/2015

Added Interstate Crossing between Monroe NH and McIndees Falls VT
Added VT 159F
Added several isolated VT trails out past the Big lake
Added several VT restaurant POIs
Closure of club trail off NH C17 in Barnstead
Created more meaningful and memorable names on many unnamed NH Club Trails
Added Gas in NH Pittsfield on US28
Add ME trails north east of Sebago
Added several miles of ME offtrail north of Flagtaff Lake
Added some more memorable trail names in ME
Added ME Acadia National Park trail system
Added new NH Shatley Mountain Connector trail in the 'Burg
Added Saco ME club trails
Removed Bridges from POI file – reworking display
Created NY Trail map with 10887 miles of trails!

Thanks to Brad K., James S., John P., Chris C. and Doug D. for tracks and assistance.

 


Version 1.39 – Released 11/26/2015

Update Custom POI file to differentiate snowmobile and ATV POIs.
Add VT C125
Extend 12F2 to Bridgewater and added several other Bridgewater Trails
Add VT Woodford SnowBusters Club Trails
Added VT 2F2 in Lunenburg
Added Lunenburg VT to Whitefield NH crossing
Added a couple minor trails on NH and ME
Added support for Automatic Interstate Routing!
Direct install to GPS now includes free integrated NE Topographical map

Note: Direct copy maps to GPS main drive does not work on newer GPS models that store the maps in the /Map folder instead of the /Garmin folder. It does work to any micro-sd drive.

 


Version 1.39 Released 11/26/2015

Update Custom POI file to differentiate snowmobile and ATV POIs.
Add VT C125
Extend 12F2 to Bridgewater and added several other Bridgewater Trails
Add VT Woodford SnowBusters Club Trails
Added VT 2F2 in Lunenburg
Added Lunenburg VT to Whitefield NH crossing
Added a couple minor trails on NH and ME
Added support for Automatic Interstate Routing!
Direct install to GPS now includes free integrated NE Topographical map

Note: Direct copy maps to GPS main drive does not work on newer GPS models that store the maps in the /Map folder instead of the /Garmin folder. It does work to any micro-sd drive.

OsmAnd map has not been updated as yet. This notification will be updated when it is available.

 

 


Version 1.38 Released 3/21/2014

Added Club Trails around Moose Pond ME
Refined ITS 80 West of Kezar Lake
Added some trails near Evans Notch, Bethel and Rumford ME.
Added Eagle Cliff Trail at Stinson Mountain, designate Annie's trail as off-trail.
Refinements to C5, P120 in NH.
Add several hundred miles in VT.
Reroute ITS 80 near Little Moose Pond.
Added several NH and ME club Trails, map points.

Thanks to Chris C., Norman B., Michael D., Doug P.  for mapping assistance.

 

 


Version 1.37 Released 3/6/2014

Added several hundred miles in western VT
Added Quill Mountain scenic view point and trail in ME
Corrected trail names and numbers around Rangeley and Eustis ME
ITS 89 reroutes
Added several ME club Trails
Reroute ITS 85-86 off of Scammon road in Greenville.
Major updates to custom POI file. Added new POIs for NH and VT and ME
Added all intersections to VT map.
Added all cell tower POIs to VT.
Added all snowmobile bridges NH ME VT.
Automate creation of Custom POI file so it is automatically updated.

The NH ME VT Snowmobile trail map for OsmAnd was also updated 3/10/2014 to V1.37 as well.

Thanks to Dave D., John A., Doug P. , Chris A. for their help and suggestions.

 

 


Version 1.36 Released 2/21/2014

Add more trail miles in VT
Added club trails from Bridgton to Naples, Long Lake and north
Added Cabot's Lodge in Lancaster.
Minor Reroute and refinements of NH C17 and in Barnstead
Added local access club trails and ice crossing Ashuelot Lake NH.
NH P392 P393 P386 P380 C5 refinements
Add club trails around Lake Sunapee NH
SVSR Trail names added. C17 Reroute.

Thanks to Norman B., Doug P., Glenn R., Arnie P., John P., Mike M. for track logs and mapping assistance.

 

 


Version 1.35 Released 2/15/2014

Add Railroad bed trail between Fryeburg and Sebago Lake in ME and several local club trails.
Added and refined trails around Mt. Kearsarge NH.
Refined several corridor trails routes in Northern NH.
Added trails around Square Pond.
Refinements around primary 361 in NH.
Add powerline trails and refine C4 southwest of Mount Moosilauke NH.
Refinements around the Dams in Hopkinton NH.
Refine NH 5 between Cannan and Grantham.
Reroute 110 connector across Lake Parlin ME.
Refine 117 curves in Mexico ME, add gas stop.
Reroute 117 and 84 in south of Rangeley Lake.
Added some off-trail south or Rangeley.
Add a few trails in southeastern VT.

Special thanks to Woody  R., Norman B., Mike D.,  Jens-Achim F., Jon A., Scott G. and Scott S. for track logs and mapping assistance.

 

 


Version 1.34 Released 2/4/2014

Added trails in Granville Vermont
Corrected ITS 89 around Toothaker Pond. Added 10B club trail.
Added hundreds of additional miles in West Central Vermont.
Minor Re-routes of ITS 83, and addition of some club trails around Island Falls ME.
Reroute 84-89 east of Rangeley Lake.
Added several Club trails and POI's south of Flagstaff Lake
Reroute ITS  83 East of Sherman.
Major reroute of ITS 85 and 85A south out of Matagamon.

Thanks to Scott S., Dave D, Tom B., Dennis K..

 

 


Version 1.33 Released 1/29/2014

Added club trails around Moose Pond and Sebago Lake Maine.
Added several hundred miles in Vermont.

Thanks to Norman B., Doug P., Kevin J., Peter J., James M., Arnie P., Linda B., and Jim M. for track logs and assistance.

 

 


Version 1.32 Released 1/22/2014

Added  Pittsburg NH off-trail Magalloway Mountain Roads and fire tower goat path.
Added new Pittsburg Coon Brook Bog Club trail. (112 extension)
Resolution refinements around Berlin NH.
Minor Refinements around Baker River trails.
Hundreds of miles of trails added to the VT.
Corrected Corridor 11 routing west of Newfound Lake.
Several minor refinements of trails in NH and additional on-trail services.
Trail refinements around Allenstown and Milton NH.
Added some Club Trails north of Ossippee Lake NH.

Special Thanks to Brad K., Nigel C., Pemigewassett groomers, Doug P., Pat T, Charles R, and several clubs and riders from VT who contributed tracks and guidance.

 

 


Version 1.31 Released 1/6/2014

Several hundreds of miles of additional trails added to Vermont, heading west and south of the NEK.
Many refinements and corrections to trails in the Vermont NEK.
Added some off-trail play areas in Pittsburg NH. Ride at your own risk and obey all signs.
Added many miles of off-trail routes in northwestern Maine.
Several additional club trails added around Rangeley Maine.
Minor corridor reroute in Oquossoc Maine.
Some minor reroutes in Mid-state NH.

Special thanks for help from Dave B., John P, Sean M. and Dave G.

Note: the Osmand Maps for Android have not yet been updated to V1.31 yet. Hopefully in a couple days.

 

 


Version 1.30 Released 11/1/2013

Short reroute of NH C24 in Hardy Country Trails. Change some off-trail to club trails.
Add several trail names to Hardy Country trails
Small changes and additions in NH Cardigan Lyme Area
Clarify NH 138 140
Added several Club Trails and waypoints Belgrade Lakes ME
Added club trails in Bridgeton Maine

Thanks to Chris C.

 

 


Version 1.29 Released 3/23/2013

Refinements in Caribou and Presque Isle ME
Refine ME  83B
Add Club Trail 75 East of Scopan Lake
Add club trail east of 70A
Add part of Club 81A
Refine ITS 85, 92
Add several miles of ME offtrail loops
Mark NH P155

Thanks to Ryan A., Chris C.

 

 


Version 1.28 Released 3/15/2013

NH added trail to gas south of the Louden Race track.
Add NH Sunrise Lake Trail
Short reroute of NH C17 in Snow-shakers system.
Short NH C22 Reroute east of Manning Lake
Changed trail number from C153 to C156 Warren to Woodstock. NHSA map is wrong.
Add Donkey Hill Cutoff trail at Stinson Mountain.
Add several NH Gas stops and parking areas.
Refine P204
Refine NH 110, C19, C22 C17, P156 Powdergreen Trails.
Check for map updates comes to this page.
Restore colors for offtrail (orange) and ice crossings (red/white pattern)
Added several offtrail logging roads in Success.

ME – fix routing disconnect between 74 and 105,  refine both
Major reroute of ME ITS 81 south or Presque Isle.
Refine ME 88

Changed default map color to 5 Color Thin.  Night mode of this is high contrast Cyan color.

Thanks to John P.,  Dave D., Chris C., Ryan A/

 

 


Version 1.27 Released 3/1/2013

Add Kelloway Trail and Brad's bypass in western ME
Refine 84-89 east of  Rangeley Lake
Added some club trails in NH and ME
Reroute C11 in NH Hardy Country and wind generator trail changes
Add trail to Gas at Newfound Lake.
Add NH border cut extreme off-trail path – Riding may trigger drone strikes
Refine NH 12 southwest of Success
New ice crossing Merrymeeting Lake.
Reroute 15 and 15A in Glimington
C17 reroute around pond southeast or Barnstead
NH C15~ refined based on aerial photos, west and south of the speedway.
Added "the cut" offtrail northernmost NH.
Reroute Catamount trail south of Barnstead NH.
Major map points begin display at resolution 21 in MapSource.

Thanks to Brad K., Chris C., John P.

 

 


Version 1.26 Released 2/21/2013

Refine NH 12
Refine some Jericho trails
Refine 19 and 19A South of Jericho
Added some off-trail in Pittsburg East.
Added Bee Hole Beaver Club trails in Chichester
Refine 15 north of Chichester, and 360 southeast  
Add C6 power line trail in Dunbarton NH
Refine C11 along power lines in Dunbarton and Goffstown
Refine C8 railroad tracks
Refine C2 in Lebanon
Reroute 134 over Dixville Peak

Refine ME route 66
89 Reroute west of Webb Lake
115 – 83 naming corrections
89 refinements
87 refinement
Refine 82
Several ME trail number corrections
Add some offtrail loops north of Flagstaff Lake

Thanks to Chris C. and Dave D., Jon A., John P.

 

 


Version 1.25 Released 2/15/2013

Revert all VT secondary trails to Primary trails
Properly name VT corridor trail 1
Some cleanup of NH 19 along the ME border.
Rename 83 to 80 on Me NH Border to correspond to ITS 1012 map
Corrected several truncated NH map point map names
Eliminated C and P prefix to NH Corridor and Primary trails
~ symbol next to trail name or number indicates approximated trail
Reroute NH C12
Corrected trail number for NH P300 near Franklin.

Increase ME 85-86 resolution
Increase ME 81 resolution
Increase resolution ME 90 through Caribou
Refine ME 105, 83A thru Presque Isle
Add off-trail ~ to B52 Crash site
85 Reroute
Add 86
Refine 62A, 112
Repair couple trail disconnects near Presque Isle ME

Thanks to Rick F., Ryan A. for Corrections.

 

 


Version 1.24 Released 2/1/2013

Route Avoidance for all off-trail, Check FERRY AVOIDANCE

Refine ME 88
Refine resolution of ME Route 66
Refine ME 85-86  north of First Roach Pond
Refined the Katahdin Loop Trail at Moosehead Lake
Refined ME 122.
Refined ME Matagamon trail
Add ME Club trail west of Lunksoos Lake
89 Refinement.
87 Reroute south of Long Pond
Add one offtrail loop at Parlin Pond.
Corrected and refined 89 southwest of Sebago Lake.
Refine Quill Pond Connector.

Extend VT 100 from LE 11 to Edens Country Junction
Refine VT 102, 102A, 102F

Special thanks to Brad K., John P., Jon A.

 

 


Version 1.23 Released 1/23/2013

Route Avoidance for all off-trail, Check FERRY AVOIDANCE

Reroute or 105 northwest of Norton VT
Correct 5 west of Lake Willoughby VT
Refine NH  C21A West Stewartstown
Refine NH C3A
Added several gas restaurant pub repair and scenic outlooks.
Refine VT 114 and 114A
Refine 5 and C2-5 east of Darling State Park.
Added VT 14A~ south west or Newport.
Added VT 14 south of Derby Lake.
Added Derby Gas and Cow Palace restaurant.
Refine VT 135.
Corrected VT 52 in East Burke
Refine 54A.

ME – resolution refinements around Coburn Mountain and 87 Southeast of Parlin Pond.
Refine resolution on ME 89 east of Coburn Mountain.
Added some irresistible off-trail loops south of Coburn Mountain.
Added some off-trail loops west of Parlin Pond.
Refine resolution of 84 southeast of Bingham ME.
Added off-trail cross lakes ride in the Allagash wilderness to the Locomotives at Eagle Lake,
Add new Parmechenee Connector trail at Bosebuck
Corrected 84.

Refine NH C12, C19, C19A thru Berlin


Special thanks to Ken K.

 

 


Version 1.22 Released 1/3/2013

Added some off trail loops and trails in Pittsburg NH
Added Magalloway Bowl trail and map point, Pittsburg NH.
Refined off trail routes in north west Maine
Refine switchbacks of Castle in the Clouds Trails
Refine C15 South of White Lake
Extensive trail additions to VT – Orleans County southwest of Memphremagog  (thanks John P.)
Corrected VT 15 Rail in West Danville.
Resolution enhancements VT.
Corrected trail names of several trails previously labeled as "secondary"
Changed trail types for all VT trails to secondary type trails instead of all primary.
VT – Refined and renamed several Rail Trails including.
Added VT 127 Rail trail.

Special Thanks to John P., Brad K.

 

 


Version 1.21 Released 12/1/2013

Replace approximated 89 in southwest Maine to 10x resolution along power lines
Remove 101 Approximation southwest of Saint Stephen.
Refined 84 south of Big Lake.
Refine 103 south of West Grand Lake
Refine 84 south of Pocumcus Lake.
Refine 105 north of Sysladobsis Lake.
Refine 83 East of Cedar Lake.
Connect 111 and 83 at PT10.
Add 105 Northwest of Grand Lake.
Add 105~ West of Hodgdon.
Added 144~ north of Houlton.

Many Refinements to VT trail resolution and addition of several new trails.

Reroute C19 in Milan and indicate closed trails

Special thanks to Larry G., and Wayne G., James R.

 

 


Version 1.20 Released 11/1/2013

Too many refinements and improvements to list.

 

 


Version 1.19 Released 3/1/2012 

Refine C13 and C6 in Bennington NH.
Refined P380 in Bradford NH.
Added P390 in New London NH.
Integrate State borders with all map variations.
Extend P105 in Twin Mountain.
Added railroad tracks trail in Lancaster NH,
Refinements in Nash Stream including C7.
Added scenic overlook trail in Baker River system.
Fine tune trail curves in Baker River NH using aerial photography.
Reroutes, renaming of trails and refinements in the Forks and Piston Farms ME.
Added Johnson Brook Road trail.
Name and refine Route 66 and Northeast Carry trails in ME.
Refine ITS 81 & 85.
Refine ITS 112 approximation.
Refined 114, 83A
Add Jericho Mountain Warming hut and Scenic View trail.
Refine C12 Berlin to ME.
Refine P114, P128 & Skyway Trail Near  Errol NH.

 

 


Version 1.18 Released 2/23/2012 

Add and refine many miles of trails in Maine.
Reroute  and refine ITS 89 to the Canadian border.
Correct name of ITS 88 and refine.
Added Piston Farm Trail
Corrections to trail disconnects interfering with routing at Stinson MT NH.
Make Trail 142 in Pittsburg show up.
Added several club trails in Norway Maine.
Added Fox Glenn Trails in Maine.
Added Mexico Maine Connector Trails
Corrected several disconnected trails at Stinson Mountain and Pittsburg

Thanks to Dave D., Brad K., Chris C., Leon A. for their submissions of track logs and trail corrections.

 


Version 1.17 Released 2/15/2012 

Trail refinements in Pittsburg. Add trail P 142 and a few club trails.
Fixed a couple of trail disconnects preventing routing in Pittsburg.
Fixed  trail disconnect preventing routing in Stinson Mountain trails. One trail deletion, one reroute.
Added new club trails in Errol
Additions to gas stations in NH.
C19 reroute in Errol.
Refinement of ITS 87 in ME.

 


Version 1.16 Released 2/3/2012 

Many trail additions and refinements to NH based on aerial photography.
Changed all states multi-numbered trail names from 6/15 style to 6&15 style so spoken directions speak the second number correctly. "C Six and fifteen".
Corrections to several  unconnected trail intersections in all states that blocked routing.
Make KTS intersections searchable.
Avoiding Ice Crossings by checking Toll Roads in V1.15 was broken. Fixed in V1.16

 


Version 1.15 Released 1/31/2012 

Auto routing is now supported in Garmin MapSource and BaseCamp, as well as in your GPS. The routing trail maps can be combined with any non-routing map for download to your GPS.  Use the routing tool to create custom routes, document your favorite trail loop or extended trips, and then download them to your GPS. There is now only a single version of all maps, and they all route. Using Mapsource, you can view a list of turn by turn directions, and calculate mileage along snowmobile trails. Occasionally you may see a route take an unexpected path, one that seems like the long way around. This is usually caused by a trail not being actually connected. Zoom in real close and see if you see a break in the trail line. Even a microscopic break will cause the route to be avoided. You can route over this manually for a short distance to complete the route. Simply create a new routing point just past where the line is broken Please mark the break location with a waypoint, save it in a .gpx file and email it  to us. This will assist us in eliminating these hard to find defects. Interstate routing is not supported because the trails between states overlap but do not actually intersect. To plan an interstate ride, route to the state border, draw a small off-road route segment over the line break and  then continue auto routing to destination. This can be done in your GPS or with MapSource.

For those wishing to use the routing trail map in conjunction with a routing highway map while driving, MapSource has a switch that allows you to disable download of routing data with the trail map. Look on the bottom left hand side of the screen when you have selected maps to download. You can still view the snowmobile trails while you are being routed by highway. A fun way to find out where trails are near the highways you drive!

The pink route indicator shows up better now below a trail. You may have to zoom in a bit closer if it is a very long route.  Zoom in and out quickly to make it flash for a short time while the map is being redrawn. After a snowmobile route is calculated, you can shut off the snowmobile trail map and still see the pink route clearly all by itself. Once a snowmobile trail route is calculated, you can turn on routing highway maps to view them as you ride. You will  still be routeed by snowmobile trail until you complete the route or stop routing. Turn off any  routing highway maps before you calculate the next trail route, or it will route you by highway. Routes downloaded from MapSource, must be imported into your GPS using GPS commands. Consult your GPS documentation.

Added several trail reroutes due to logging operations in Pittsburg NH
Added specific club trails names and intersections to the KTS trail system..
Many trail refinements to Maine trails especially in the Rangely Lakes area.
Many trail refinements and additions throughout NH and ME due to use of higher resolution satellite and aerial photographs.
Help files in the kit updated to what is on the website, with some changes to reflect new functionality. More updates planned for the next release with a focus on using routing in MapSource.
MapSource Manage Map Products Version is now correct for each map.
State boundaries can now optionally be download to the GPS. useful for interstate routing.
Several types of map points, (gas, food, hotels) are automatically translated to searchable POI's. They are organized as the defaults are for your GPS model, not in the same fashion as they are in the Custom POI tables.

New automation allows us to turn around trail changes very quickly. Send us your trail changes, names, POI's etc and we will get them back to you in an updated map quickly.

Maps in Apple Macintosh format have been retired. Too much manual labor for too few sales. We will continue to support existing customers. New distribution of updates on micro-sd and swaps should allow Mac users to get updates

Special Thanks to Brad K., Leon A., Dick C., Paul D.,  Doug D. for submission of track logs, waypoints and guidance to correct and refine the trails on the map.

 

 


Version 1.14 Released 4/6/2011 

This map update was free to all previous customers regardless of when the purchased their map.

Added autorouting version of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont snowmobile trail maps that can be directly downloaded to GPS.

Use the Start -> ALL Programs->BackwoodsGPStrails->Snowmobile Trail Maps->Download autorouting Map to GPS windows command. (this is still available, but optional since all maps are routing).

Mac users. Please send email to rick@backwoodsGPstrails.com to get autorouting version for your GPS.

Added Haystack Mountain trail south of Stub Hill.
Added parking lot and access trail northeast of Happy Corners in Pittsburg.
Added Club Trail to White Horse Ledge and South Moat mountain near Echo Lake State Park (west of North Conway)
Added club trail east of US route 16 from Corridor 26 north towards Sanbornville.
Added Hillbilly Pub waypoint Conway Area.
Refined Corridor 19 North From Conway to Shelburne and restored reciprocal parts of the trail to NH map.
Added club trail between Corridor 11 and 5 in Jefferson south of US Route 2.
Added several waypoints for gas, and scenic views
    Hillbilly Pub restaurant
    J's Corner restaurant Gorham
    Jefferson Notch Motel
    Mount Martha Lookout Tower
    Waterwheel restaurant, US Route 2 Jefferson

Added Corridor 17 Reroute from Northwood Lake south to Corridor 6/15.
Refined Primary 360 crossing of Northwood Lake.
Refined Primary 171 crossing of Northwood Lake.
Refined Pawtuckaway Lake trail.
Added Trail to A Path Less Traveled Lodging connecting to P140.
Refined Primary 141 in Pittsburg.
Refined Corridor 20 in Pittsburg.
Added Trail to along US Route 3 to the Buck Rub Pub.
Added Ice Crossing – First Connecticut Lake.
Refined Primary 132 east of Diamond Pond.
Deleted defunct trail between Badger Lane and Cunningham Pond Road (KTS system).
Refined KTS trail 6A.

Thanks to Chris C., John P., Peter K., Dave D., and the Kearsarge Trail Snails for corrections and contributions of tracks logs and waypoints.

 

 


Version 1.13 Released 3/4/2011 

Eliminate 2 defunct club trails – Southwest Winnipasaukee
Added Lake Crossing for Merrymeeting Lake
Added club trail loop north of Moose Mountain Lodge
Added club trail near Burrows Trail
Refined Corridor 22 precision
Delete 3 closed trails in Lyme
Add new trail Northeast of Lary Pond
Added several club trails in Stewartstown
Added Primary 146 and 147 reroutes in Pittsburg
Added club trail west of Newfound lake
Refined C19 Approximate North of Ossipee Lake
Added two trails into Maine off of C19
Added Alton Mountain Trail
Added Patrick's Pub and lake crossing from Gilford's beach to Loon Cove
Added Gilford Fuel waypoint
Added Primary 302 and 304 southeast Winnipasaukee
Added Airport trail to Patrick's Pub
Added Belknap MT trail
Added Round Pond Shortcut
Added waypoint and Trail to Gillford Fuel
Added Trail to Belmont
Extend Corridor 26 South to intersect with P351
Added Club Trail off of C22

Maine bumped to V1.5

Added Club Trail between PT8 and PS12
Refined ITS 85/86 northeast out of Greenville
Added Club trail to the Black Frog
Refined Moosehead trail and several club trails in the area
Added Moosehead Motel and connecting trail
Added several club trails around Jackman Maine
Added club trail and ice crossing over Long Pond

Special thanks to Brad K., John P, Peter K., Nigel C., David M., David B. and Chris C. for track contributions and mapping assistance..

 


Version 1.12 Released 1/1/2011 

Maine bumped to V1.4

Added 89 Alt
Added Black Fly loop
Added Burnt Jacket Mountain club trails
Added Carabasset trail south of Flagstaff lake.
Corrected ITS 82 approximation in Mexico Rumford.
ITS 83 in East Millinocket refined
ITS 84 & 115 in Salem refined
Refined ITS 85 east of Lake Matagamon
Refined ITS 88 Northeast of Long Pond between ST15 and ST21
Added club trail south of ST19
Added club trail between ST20 and St21
Added connector trail between ITS 89 and ITS87 north of ST11
Refined ITS 117 between FN9 and OD3
Refined TPS 112 between Ps16 and PT11 North of Millinocket Lake
Indicate Ice crossings on Katadin Loop Trail
Added Hay Mountain Lookout Trail west of Hay Lake
Added Lyman Loop in Waterboro
Added ME Roadhouse Trail East or FN 17
Added in town trail to services in Mexico
Added Oquossoc connector east of OD5 north or Rangeley
Added ITS 89 approximation between Rangeley and Eustis
Corrected ITS 89 between FN3 and FN1
Indicated RR bed on trail to Jay south of FN3
Added Trail to Bunganut Lake in Alfred

New Hampshire bumped to V1.12

Added Primary 200 in Tuftonboro
Added several club trails in Wolfeboro   
Added lake crossing for Lake Wentworth
Added Club trail Baker River south of BR 1
Added club trail north of Lyme Pinnacale 3 (LP3)
Added club trail between LP 9 and LP5
Added club trail along Primary 153 between LP 9 and LP11
Add club trails south of Warner Covered Bridge
Refined Ice crossing on C15 in Moultonboro.
Added Trial to Ice Rink parking in Moultonboro.
Lake crossing Hopkinton Resevoir added
Added Lake crossing Kanasta Lake and Crossing Squam
Add trails from Wilton Center (US route 101) To Contoocook Lake in Jaffrey
Added and refined several SnowMole and Winchester Trail Riders club trails
Added gas and food in the SnowMoles and Winchester systems.
Added Winchester Trail Riders Club house.
Indicate closed club trail in Winchester Trail Riders system.
Indicated closed section of Corridor 4 south of US route 101 in Keene
Added GPSed Primary 351 from Middletown to Farmington (PMSC/EVSC)

Special thanks to Dave D. for the extensive ME contributions and refinements. Thanks to Brad K., and Denny T., Rob (skully), John P,and Peter K. for NH contributions.

 

 


Version 1.11 Released 2/20/2010 

New installation file name – SnowTr_NH.exe.
Corrected trail type for lake crossing west of Wolfeboro   
Zoom level reduced for cell towers to reduce clutter.
Default trails changed from 5 colors to Blue/Cyan Wide.
Corrected position of Buck Rub Pub.
Cell towers zoom level changed to reduce clutter.

Numerous trail name corrections on Stinson mountain trails.
Wolfeboro railroad tracks added (Corridor 26),
Two gas stations in Wolfeboro added.
Added Wakefield Diner In Sanbornton.
Rerouted Corridor 17 in Gilmanton.
Rerouted Corridor 22 west of Crystal Lake.
Rerouted Club RT R.
Added Lake trail to Wellington, Newfound Lake.
Added Primary 151 west of Newfound Lake and several unnamed club trails.
Added Primary 345 south of Newfound Lake.
Added several club trails waypoints for gas and food photo POIs around Moose Mountain.
New trails around Hwy 11 and Route 16 south of Alton Bay.
Several trails added around Lisbon & Monroe.

Thanks to customers Chris C, John P, Nigel C, and Peter K. Some of your changes will be in V1.12.

 

 


Version 1.10 Released 2/10/2010 

Trail name corrections and Trail additions to Stinson Mountain Area.
Added Primary 154 in Lyme.
Removal of some trail duplications.
Change zoom levels at which some trail labels appear to reduce clutter.

Thanks to customer Chris.

 

 


Version 1.9 Released 1/29/2010 

Improved installation program can copy map image and POI files direct to GPS or sd cards.
Added POI file for Nuvi type units with some photos and proximity alarms.
Added start menu icon linking to Online Snowmobile Trip Planner Help file.
Added start menu icon linking to Online Snowmobile Trip Planner .(Google-Earth & Google Maps)
Added POI and map point for SOS clubhouse.
Refined Corridor 17 from Bear Brook to Barnstead based on precise rider track logs.
Refined corridor 22 and secondary trails around Alton, Gilmanton Iron Works and New Durham.
Refined trails between Moose Mountain and SOS clubhouse in the Ossipee Mountains area.
Refinements to corridor 15 as it crosses by Castle in the Clouds.
Added several club trails and junction waypoints in the Gilmanton area.
Added refinements to several club trails in Alton.
Replaced approximated Corridor trail 15 with high resolution trail between Gilmanton and Meredith Bay.
Refinements to corridor trails between Alton and Ossipee.
Added a dozen local SVSR Club trails around Pittsfield, Chichester, Loudon, Barnstead.
Cleaned up trails in Bear Brook and Tower Hill, added parking and fuel poi's and map points.
Added several named club trails in Alton, and around Moose Mountain
Added several trail segments in the Gorham Berlin area including Cherry Mt. &Jefferson Notch road.
Added several named club trails around Stinson Mt area, and Lincoln.
Refined Corridor 15 in Moultonborough based on rider track logs.
Added several unnamed club trails in Freedom.
Added several club trails in Campton, Rumney, Ellsworth.
Trail refinements and additions in Littleton and Franconia & Baker River
Special thanks to customers Doug and John for their track log contributions and assistance.

 

 


Version 1.8 Released 1/6/2010 

Changed Icons and names for Cell Towers so they can be seen and searched on the GPS.
Corrected problems with custom colors Blue Cyan Double, and Red Pattern for secondary trails.

 

 

 


Version 1.7 Released 12/28/2010 

Added State border.
Added Bear Notch Road with north and south parking areas . (Early season riding)
Added all NH Cell Towers (searchable, and visible at higher zoom levels)
Replaced approximate corridor 5 trail (From Haverhill to Littleton) with dead-on rider track log.
Added several smaller club trails in the area of Asquamchumauke Valley, Baker River Valley, MT Cardigan, Rumney Snowdrifters, Lyme Pinnacle, and Hardy Country Snowmobile Clubs. Many detailed POI's for intersections there.
Corrected some confusing poi names. (e.g. Restaurant named 31-Jan-08)

 

 


Version 1.6 Released 11/11/2009 

Added extensive trail corrections to the Berlin (WMRR) and Groveton trails.

Added trail correction and several new waypoints for gas and food to the area around Boscawen. Added several trails in the southwestern part of NH south to the MA border. Many of these trails were provided by user supplied tracklogs and do not contain trail numbers. Special thanks to BackwoodsGPStrails customers Skully and friends.

NHsnowTr_06.exe installs Garmin\gmapsupp.img to the computers directory tree. This file can be copied to a sd card or to a Nuvi's internal storage. This eliminates the absolute requirement to have MapSource. Updated helpfiles to describe copying files to a Nuvi if you do not have MapSource.

 

 


Version 1.5 Released 12/4/2008

The installation script now has the ability to select custom colors

Dark Blue – Cyan – Wide Dark Blue – Cyan – Thin

 

 


Version 1.4 Released 3/4/2008

Added trail between Concord and Contoocook based on user track logs.
Added trails in Warner / Henniker area and Mount Kearsarge.
Added local trails around Alton Bay and reroute corridor 22 in that area.
Reroute corridor trail 4 based on track logs.

Substantial corrections of corridor trail 11 from Berlin through Twin MT and Franconia notch. Reroute 14 into Lincoln base on user track logs

Varied zoom levels for trail numbers to improve readability, reduce clutter.
Use of new map tools. Help file added with recommendations for making tracklogs.

Added Several 911 intersection waypoints for northern NH.

 

 


Version 1.2 Released 1/28/2008

Added trails around Newfound Lake and Squam.
Removed long trail name labels.
Corrected several (8,15,14,11) corridor trails on the west side of Lake Winnipesaukee

 

 


Version 1.1a Released 1/4/2008

Changed levels in Pv file,L0=15 L1=14

 

 


Version 1.1 Released 12/30/2007

 

Added copyright statement as a visible map point.
Added waypoints as map points visible at zoom level 2 (should eliminate the need for GDB waypoints file).
Removed some trail names as labels.

 

 

All snowmobile trail maps
  Added phone, website URL's and address (where available) for all Lodging, Restaurant and many Fuel POI's

  Many new POI's added, and outdated ones removed.
  Note: not all GPS models can display this information for map icons. Most GPS model can display it from WHERE TO? – EXTRAS – CUSTOM POIs.

  OsmAnd on Android maps can display it from a clicked map point by using the SHOW Description button.

  Clicking on sections of the show description text can open a phone number in your dialer, or open a website. (Internet access required)

  This additional data can be useful for checking a website for menu items, lodging rates, or to call ahead to make reservations and verify open status.

Maine
 Add Northeast Carry Road trail North or North Bay
 Many major and minor trail updates

Vermont

 Many major and minor trail updates

Added one lake crossing NY to VT over Lake Champlain

 

New Hampshire
  Many major and minor trail updates
  Added Stone Warming hut at Stinson Mountain trail system

  Updates to Moultonborough Club trail system.

New York
   Many major and minor trail updates

  Added one lake crossing NY to VT over Lake Champlain

 

Osmand on Android NH ME VT

  .obf vector files have been updated for new description information and trails, but SQLITE raster maps not yet updated.

  SQLITE raster maps will be updated in a few days. This page will be updated.

 

Free Online SledMap.

  Not yet updated, will be in a few days. This page will be updated
 

 


Version 1.47 –  Released 

Maine

Added border crossings into Quebec
Refine ITS 92
Split more trails to improve announcements at trail intersections.

New Hampshire

Added border crossings into Quebec
Indicate reopening of C22 in Ossipee
Refine some trails in Coos
Split more trails to improve announcements at trail intersections.

Vermont

Added border crossings into Quebec
Added several POI's in Derby
Trail refinements in Derby
Add several small club trails in NEK

Quebec

Initial release of Quebec Snow trail map for Garmin, and NH ME VT NY QC snowmobile trail map for Garmin.

ALL

Removed outdated help files from the windows installer program.
Re-organization of custom POI files by State/Province.
POI's limited to purchased States/Provinces.

Thanks to Norman B. for validation tracks.

OsmAnd on Android

Note: Availability or routing trail map for OsmAnd on Android will be announced here a a later time.


Version 1.46 – Released 12/15/2015

Maine

Add east-west trail north of Kezar Lake Maine.
Refine ITS 80 North or Stearns Pond.
Added Hawk Mountain Trail and scenic overlook.
Added Highland Lake crossing and Highland Lake Resort.
Added Several South Bridgeton Trails and Lake Crossings.
Add several trails around Damariscotta Lake.
Refine ITS 15, 115
Many club trail refinements and additions.

NH

Added Miss Wakefield Diner POI.
Added 7 Lakes – Lakes Run Trail.
Added Woodman NH Gas and Restaurant POIs.
Refine 19, alt 19 and several club trails in Conway NH.
Trail name refinements Twin Mountain NH.
Added Cascade Alpine Scenic Waterfall POI and trail in Berlin NH.
Closure of the Groveton Covered Bridge.
Added legal offtrail (ATV) trails in Jericho State Park.
Added Wolfboro Dock Access Trail
Added Mount Major Trail, Scenic outlook
Refine 22 in Alton
Refine and add trails in Pawtuckaway State Park.
Add P399

VT

Added Corridor 91 and services trail and POIs in Bradford VT.
Add several POIs and club level trails.
Reroute C12
Add 9F East of Harriman Reservoir
Reroute 8 Guilford
Add several Guilford Pitstoppers club trails.
Reroute C30 East of Lake Bomoseen
Add C31 approximated.
Add 30~ around Lake St. Catherine Golf Course
Add Herrick Mountain trail.
Add several Poultney Snowdevils trails.
Refine C7 in Healdville.

NY

Add several secondary trails.
Add several POIs for food, parking and lodging.

Osmand Maps RELEASED on 1/4/2016

Thanks to Bill P., Randy V., Glenn M.


Version 1.45 – Released 4/3/2015

Reroute ME ITS 90, 112
Refine ITS83A 85, 83-90,105, 79, 81, 100, 100A, 94, 81-85
Connect NH 19 and 22 in Ossipee, Remove inaccessible gas.
Trail name refinements.

Thanks to James S., Tom M., Chris C., Jeff W., Aaron S., Jim L., Mike D., Norman B., Randy V.


Version 1.44 – Released 4/6/2015

Refine and rename club trails around Millinocket Maine
ITS 89 reroute
Added Otisfield Trail Blazers Club trails
Refine NH C6 around Lake Horace
Added Club trails north and south of Bow Lake
Added Lakes run between Lee NH and West Nottingham.
NH C17 reroutes and refinements

Thanks to Jeff W., Chris C., Doug D.

The routing trail map for OSMAND was updated to V44 on 3/6/2015.


Version 1.43 – Released 2/27/2015

Corridor 24 Reroute in Boscawen
NH 126 Reroute
Refine NH C5, C2 in Cannan
Refine C11 in Jefferson Notch, north or Plymouth and through Franconia Notch
Refine NH P155 Ellsworth
Refine some Twin Mountain Trails
Added many  Gas and Food stops in NY.
Added several club trails south of Sebago Lake Maine.
Add nice club trail east of Millinocket, Refined ITS 83 and added gas in East Millinocket.
Added club trail east of Matagamon Wilderness
No VT changes.

Thanks to Norman B., James S., Chris C., Mike D.,


Version 1.42 – Released 2/27/2015

Added new NH Southern New Hampshire Snow Slickers Trail (SNSS)
Refine ME ITS 81 north of Grand Falls Plantation
Resolution refinements to ITS 83, 84, and 104
Refinements and reroute for logging, NH Nash Stream area.
Added East Cowen Hill Trail in Pittsburg.
Minor trail refinements in NY, added several  Food and Gas POIs.
VT and NH – add names to several covered bridge attractions.
Added and refined trails Around Pawtuckaway Lake and Great Bay in NH
Refine and Reroute ME 105 in Linneus ME
Added several club trails around Presque Isle
Reroute 83 Bypass trail
Added Several Club trails in ME, the Country
Added Island Falls town trail and Gas stop
Refine ITS 83

Thanks to Norman B., Mike D. , John R. , John A.

 


Version 1.41 – Released 2/8/2015

Refine C13 and club trails in Hollis and Brookline NH
Add several small club trails in Wilton NH
Refinements or Rindge, Marlborough, Dublin NH trails
Refinements Around Sebago ME, added Hancock Road trail and ice crossing of Hancock Lake .
Refined C80 curves on power lines northeast of Kezar Lake.
Refinements Around NH Bear Brook state Park and Barnstead and Loudon

OamAnd maps are still at V39. Update will be announced here when V41 is available.

Thanks to Brad K. , Norman B. for track contributions and corrections.

 


Version 1.40 – Released 1/22/2015

Added Interstate Crossing between Monroe NH and McIndees Falls VT
Added VT 159F
Added several isolated VT trails out past the Big lake
Added several VT restaurant POIs
Closure of club trail off NH C17 in Barnstead
Created more meaningful and memorable names on many unnamed NH Club Trails
Added Gas in NH Pittsfield on US28
Add ME trails north east of Sebago
Added several miles of ME offtrail north of Flagtaff Lake
Added some more memorable trail names in ME
Added ME Acadia National Park trail system
Added new NH Shatley Mountain Connector trail in the 'Burg
Added Saco ME club trails
Removed Bridges from POI file – reworking display
Created NY Trail map with 10887 miles of trails!

Thanks to Brad K., James S., John P., Chris C. and Doug D. for tracks and assistance.

 


Version 1.39 – Released 11/26/2015

Update Custom POI file to differentiate snowmobile and ATV POIs.
Add VT C125
Extend 12F2 to Bridgewater and added several other Bridgewater Trails
Add VT Woodford SnowBusters Club Trails
Added VT 2F2 in Lunenburg
Added Lunenburg VT to Whitefield NH crossing
Added a couple minor trails on NH and ME
Added support for Automatic Interstate Routing!
Direct install to GPS now includes free integrated NE Topographical map

Note: Direct copy maps to GPS main drive does not work on newer GPS models that store the maps in the /Map folder instead of the /Garmin folder. It does work to any micro-sd drive.

 


Version 1.39 Released 11/26/2015

Update Custom POI file to differentiate snowmobile and ATV POIs.
Add VT C125
Extend 12F2 to Bridgewater and added several other Bridgewater Trails
Add VT Woodford SnowBusters Club Trails
Added VT 2F2 in Lunenburg
Added Lunenburg VT to Whitefield NH crossing
Added a couple minor trails on NH and ME
Added support for Automatic Interstate Routing!
Direct install to GPS now includes free integrated NE Topographical map

Note: Direct copy maps to GPS main drive does not work on newer GPS models that store the maps in the /Map folder instead of the /Garmin folder. It does work to any micro-sd drive.

OsmAnd map has not been updated as yet. This notification will be updated when it is available.

 

 


Version 1.38 Released 3/21/2014

Added Club Trails around Moose Pond ME
Refined ITS 80 West of Kezar Lake
Added some trails near Evans Notch, Bethel and Rumford ME.
Added Eagle Cliff Trail at Stinson Mountain, designate Annie's trail as off-trail.
Refinements to C5, P120 in NH.
Add several hundred miles in VT.
Reroute ITS 80 near Little Moose Pond.
Added several NH and ME club Trails, map points.

Thanks to Chris C., Norman B., Michael D., Doug P.  for mapping assistance.

 

 


Version 1.37 Released 3/6/2014

Added several hundred miles in western VT
Added Quill Mountain scenic view point and trail in ME
Corrected trail names and numbers around Rangeley and Eustis ME
ITS 89 reroutes
Added several ME club Trails
Reroute ITS 85-86 off of Scammon road in Greenville.
Major updates to custom POI file. Added new POIs for NH and VT and ME
Added all intersections to VT map.
Added all cell tower POIs to VT.
Added all snowmobile bridges NH ME VT.
Automate creation of Custom POI file so it is automatically updated.

The NH ME VT Snowmobile trail map for OsmAnd was also updated 3/10/2014 to V1.37 as well.

Thanks to Dave D., John A., Doug P. , Chris A. for their help and suggestions.

 

 


Version 1.36 Released 2/21/2014

Add more trail miles in VT
Added club trails from Bridgton to Naples, Long Lake and north
Added Cabot's Lodge in Lancaster.
Minor Reroute and refinements of NH C17 and in Barnstead
Added local access club trails and ice crossing Ashuelot Lake NH.
NH P392 P393 P386 P380 C5 refinements
Add club trails around Lake Sunapee NH
SVSR Trail names added. C17 Reroute.

Thanks to Norman B., Doug P., Glenn R., Arnie P., John P., Mike M. for track logs and mapping assistance.

 

 


Version 1.35 Released 2/15/2014

Add Railroad bed trail between Fryeburg and Sebago Lake in ME and several local club trails.
Added and refined trails around Mt. Kearsarge NH.
Refined several corridor trails routes in Northern NH.
Added trails around Square Pond.
Refinements around primary 361 in NH.
Add powerline trails and refine C4 southwest of Mount Moosilauke NH.
Refinements around the Dams in Hopkinton NH.
Refine NH 5 between Cannan and Grantham.
Reroute 110 connector across Lake Parlin ME.
Refine 117 curves in Mexico ME, add gas stop.
Reroute 117 and 84 in south of Rangeley Lake.
Added some off-trail south or Rangeley.
Add a few trails in southeastern VT.

Special thanks to Woody  R., Norman B., Mike D.,  Jens-Achim F., Jon A., Scott G. and Scott S. for track logs and mapping assistance.

 

 


Version 1.34 Released 2/4/2014

Added trails in Granville Vermont
Corrected ITS 89 around Toothaker Pond. Added 10B club trail.
Added hundreds of additional miles in West Central Vermont.
Minor Re-routes of ITS 83, and addition of some club trails around Island Falls ME.
Reroute 84-89 east of Rangeley Lake.
Added several Club trails and POI's south of Flagstaff Lake
Reroute ITS  83 East of Sherman.
Major reroute of ITS 85 and 85A south out of Matagamon.

Thanks to Scott S., Dave D, Tom B., Dennis K..

 

 


Version 1.33 Released 1/29/2014

Added club trails around Moose Pond and Sebago Lake Maine.
Added several hundred miles in Vermont.

Thanks to Norman B., Doug P., Kevin J., Peter J., James M., Arnie P., Linda B., and Jim M. for track logs and assistance.

 

 


Version 1.32 Released 1/22/2014

Added  Pittsburg NH off-trail Magalloway Mountain Roads and fire tower goat path.
Added new Pittsburg Coon Brook Bog Club trail. (112 extension)
Resolution refinements around Berlin NH.
Minor Refinements around Baker River trails.
Hundreds of miles of trails added to the VT.
Corrected Corridor 11 routing west of Newfound Lake.
Several minor refinements of trails in NH and additional on-trail services.
Trail refinements around Allenstown and Milton NH.
Added some Club Trails north of Ossippee Lake NH.

Special Thanks to Brad K., Nigel C., Pemigewassett groomers, Doug P., Pat T, Charles R, and several clubs and riders from VT who contributed tracks and guidance.

 

 


Version 1.31 Released 1/6/2014

Several hundreds of miles of additional trails added to Vermont, heading west and south of the NEK.
Many refinements and corrections to trails in the Vermont NEK.
Added some off-trail play areas in Pittsburg NH. Ride at your own risk and obey all signs.
Added many miles of off-trail routes in northwestern Maine.
Several additional club trails added around Rangeley Maine.
Minor corridor reroute in Oquossoc Maine.
Some minor reroutes in Mid-state NH.

Special thanks for help from Dave B., John P, Sean M. and Dave G.

Note: the Osmand Maps for Android have not yet been updated to V1.31 yet. Hopefully in a couple days.

 

 


Version 1.30 Released 11/1/2013

Short reroute of NH C24 in Hardy Country Trails. Change some off-trail to club trails.
Add several trail names to Hardy Country trails
Small changes and additions in NH Cardigan Lyme Area
Clarify NH 138 140
Added several Club Trails and waypoints Belgrade Lakes ME
Added club trails in Bridgeton Maine

Thanks to Chris C.

 

 


Version 1.29 Released 3/23/2013

Refinements in Caribou and Presque Isle ME
Refine ME  83B
Add Club Trail 75 East of Scopan Lake
Add club trail east of 70A
Add part of Club 81A
Refine ITS 85, 92
Add several miles of ME offtrail loops
Mark NH P155

Thanks to Ryan A., Chris C.

 

 


Version 1.28 Released 3/15/2013

NH added trail to gas south of the Louden Race track.
Add NH Sunrise Lake Trail
Short reroute of NH C17 in Snow-shakers system.
Short NH C22 Reroute east of Manning Lake
Changed trail number from C153 to C156 Warren to Woodstock. NHSA map is wrong.
Add Donkey Hill Cutoff trail at Stinson Mountain.
Add several NH Gas stops and parking areas.
Refine P204
Refine NH 110, C19, C22 C17, P156 Powdergreen Trails.
Check for map updates comes to this page.
Restore colors for offtrail (orange) and ice crossings (red/white pattern)
Added several offtrail logging roads in Success.

ME – fix routing disconnect between 74 and 105,  refine both
Major reroute of ME ITS 81 south or Presque Isle.
Refine ME 88

Changed default map color to 5 Color Thin.  Night mode of this is high contrast Cyan color.

Thanks to John P.,  Dave D., Chris C., Ryan A/

 

 


Version 1.27 Released 3/1/2013

Add Kelloway Trail and Brad's bypass in western ME
Refine 84-89 east of  Rangeley Lake
Added some club trails in NH and ME
Reroute C11 in NH Hardy Country and wind generator trail changes
Add trail to Gas at Newfound Lake.
Add NH border cut extreme off-trail path – Riding may trigger drone strikes
Refine NH 12 southwest of Success
New ice crossing Merrymeeting Lake.
Reroute 15 and 15A in Glimington
C17 reroute around pond southeast or Barnstead
NH C15~ refined based on aerial photos, west and south of the speedway.
Added "the cut" offtrail northernmost NH.
Reroute Catamount trail south of Barnstead NH.
Major map points begin display at resolution 21 in MapSource.

Thanks to Brad K., Chris C., John P.

 

 


Version 1.26 Released 2/21/2013

Refine NH 12
Refine some Jericho trails
Refine 19 and 19A South of Jericho
Added some off-trail in Pittsburg East.
Added Bee Hole Beaver Club trails in Chichester
Refine 15 north of Chichester, and 360 southeast  
Add C6 power line trail in Dunbarton NH
Refine C11 along power lines in Dunbarton and Goffstown
Refine C8 railroad tracks
Refine C2 in Lebanon
Reroute 134 over Dixville Peak

Refine ME route 66
89 Reroute west of Webb Lake
115 – 83 naming corrections
89 refinements
87 refinement
Refine 82
Several ME trail number corrections
Add some offtrail loops north of Flagstaff Lake

Thanks to Chris C. and Dave D., Jon A., John P.

 

 


Version 1.25 Released 2/15/2013

Revert all VT secondary trails to Primary trails
Properly name VT corridor trail 1
Some cleanup of NH 19 along the ME border.
Rename 83 to 80 on Me NH Border to correspond to ITS 1012 map
Corrected several truncated NH map point map names
Eliminated C and P prefix to NH Corridor and Primary trails
~ symbol next to trail name or number indicates approximated trail
Reroute NH C12
Corrected trail number for NH P300 near Franklin.

Increase ME 85-86 resolution
Increase ME 81 resolution
Increase resolution ME 90 through Caribou
Refine ME 105, 83A thru Presque Isle
Add off-trail ~ to B52 Crash site
85 Reroute
Add 86
Refine 62A, 112
Repair couple trail disconnects near Presque Isle ME

Thanks to Rick F., Ryan A. for Corrections.

 

 


Version 1.24 Released 2/1/2013

Route Avoidance for all off-trail, Check FERRY AVOIDANCE

Refine ME 88
Refine resolution of ME Route 66
Refine ME 85-86  north of First Roach Pond
Refined the Katahdin Loop Trail at Moosehead Lake
Refined ME 122.
Refined ME Matagamon trail
Add ME Club trail west of Lunksoos Lake
89 Refinement.
87 Reroute south of Long Pond
Add one offtrail loop at Parlin Pond.
Corrected and refined 89 southwest of Sebago Lake.
Refine Quill Pond Connector.

Extend VT 100 from LE 11 to Edens Country Junction
Refine VT 102, 102A, 102F

Special thanks to Brad K., John P., Jon A.

 

 


Version 1.23 Released 1/23/2013

Route Avoidance for all off-trail, Check FERRY AVOIDANCE

Reroute or 105 northwest of Norton VT
Correct 5 west of Lake Willoughby VT
Refine NH  C21A West Stewartstown
Refine NH C3A
Added several gas restaurant pub repair and scenic outlooks.
Refine VT 114 and 114A
Refine 5 and C2-5 east of Darling State Park.
Added VT 14A~ south west or Newport.
Added VT 14 south of Derby Lake.
Added Derby Gas and Cow Palace restaurant.
Refine VT 135.
Corrected VT 52 in East Burke
Refine 54A.

ME – resolution refinements around Coburn Mountain and 87 Southeast of Parlin Pond.
Refine resolution on ME 89 east of Coburn Mountain.
Added some irresistible off-trail loops south of Coburn Mountain.
Added some off-trail loops west of Parlin Pond.
Refine resolution of 84 southeast of Bingham ME.
Added off-trail cross lakes ride in the Allagash wilderness to the Locomotives at Eagle Lake,
Add new Parmechenee Connector trail at Bosebuck
Corrected 84.

Refine NH C12, C19, C19A thru Berlin


Special thanks to Ken K.

 

 


Version 1.22 Released 1/3/2013

Added some off trail loops and trails in Pittsburg NH
Added Magalloway Bowl trail and map point, Pittsburg NH.
Refined off trail routes in north west Maine
Refine switchbacks of Castle in the Clouds Trails
Refine C15 South of White Lake
Extensive trail additions to VT – Orleans County southwest of Memphremagog  (thanks John P.)
Corrected VT 15 Rail in West Danville.
Resolution enhancements VT.
Corrected trail names of several trails previously labeled as "secondary"
Changed trail types for all VT trails to secondary type trails instead of all primary.
VT – Refined and renamed several Rail Trails including.
Added VT 127 Rail trail.

Special Thanks to John P., Brad K.

 

 


Version 1.21 Released 12/1/2013

Replace approximated 89 in southwest Maine to 10x resolution along power lines
Remove 101 Approximation southwest of Saint Stephen.
Refined 84 south of Big Lake.
Refine 103 south of West Grand Lake
Refine 84 south of Pocumcus Lake.
Refine 105 north of Sysladobsis Lake.
Refine 83 East of Cedar Lake.
Connect 111 and 83 at PT10.
Add 105 Northwest of Grand Lake.
Add 105~ West of Hodgdon.
Added 144~ north of Houlton.

Many Refinements to VT trail resolution and addition of several new trails.

Reroute C19 in Milan and indicate closed trails

Special thanks to Larry G., and Wayne G., James R.

 

 


Version 1.20 Released 11/1/2013

Too many refinements and improvements to list.

 

 


Version 1.19 Released 3/1/2012 

Refine C13 and C6 in Bennington NH.
Refined P380 in Bradford NH.
Added P390 in New London NH.
Integrate State borders with all map variations.
Extend P105 in Twin Mountain.
Added railroad tracks trail in Lancaster NH,
Refinements in Nash Stream including C7.
Added scenic overlook trail in Baker River system.
Fine tune trail curves in Baker River NH using aerial photography.
Reroutes, renaming of trails and refinements in the Forks and Piston Farms ME.
Added Johnson Brook Road trail.
Name and refine Route 66 and Northeast Carry trails in ME.
Refine ITS 81 & 85.
Refine ITS 112 approximation.
Refined 114, 83A
Add Jericho Mountain Warming hut and Scenic View trail.
Refine C12 Berlin to ME.
Refine P114, P128 & Skyway Trail Near  Errol NH.

 

 


Version 1.18 Released 2/23/2012 

Add and refine many miles of trails in Maine.
Reroute  and refine ITS 89 to the Canadian border.
Correct name of ITS 88 and refine.
Added Piston Farm Trail
Corrections to trail disconnects interfering with routing at Stinson MT NH.
Make Trail 142 in Pittsburg show up.
Added several club trails in Norway Maine.
Added Fox Glenn Trails in Maine.
Added Mexico Maine Connector Trails
Corrected several disconnected trails at Stinson Mountain and Pittsburg

Thanks to Dave D., Brad K., Chris C., Leon A. for their submissions of track logs and trail corrections.

 


Version 1.17 Released 2/15/2012 

Trail refinements in Pittsburg. Add trail P 142 and a few club trails.
Fixed a couple of trail disconnects preventing routing in Pittsburg.
Fixed  trail disconnect preventing routing in Stinson Mountain trails. One trail deletion, one reroute.
Added new club trails in Errol
Additions to gas stations in NH.
C19 reroute in Errol.
Refinement of ITS 87 in ME.

 


Version 1.16 Released 2/3/2012 

Many trail additions and refinements to NH based on aerial photography.
Changed all states multi-numbered trail names from 6/15 style to 6&15 style so spoken directions speak the second number correctly. "C Six and fifteen".
Corrections to several  unconnected trail intersections in all states that blocked routing.
Make KTS intersections searchable.
Avoiding Ice Crossings by checking Toll Roads in V1.15 was broken. Fixed in V1.16

 


Version 1.15 Released 1/31/2012 

Auto routing is now supported in Garmin MapSource and BaseCamp, as well as in your GPS. The routing trail maps can be combined with any non-routing map for download to your GPS.  Use the routing tool to create custom routes, document your favorite trail loop or extended trips, and then download them to your GPS. There is now only a single version of all maps, and they all route. Using Mapsource, you can view a list of turn by turn directions, and calculate mileage along snowmobile trails. Occasionally you may see a route take an unexpected path, one that seems like the long way around. This is usually caused by a trail not being actually connected. Zoom in real close and see if you see a break in the trail line. Even a microscopic break will cause the route to be avoided. You can route over this manually for a short distance to complete the route. Simply create a new routing point just past where the line is broken Please mark the break location with a waypoint, save it in a .gpx file and email it  to us. This will assist us in eliminating these hard to find defects. Interstate routing is not supported because the trails between states overlap but do not actually intersect. To plan an interstate ride, route to the state border, draw a small off-road route segment over the line break and  then continue auto routing to destination. This can be done in your GPS or with MapSource.

For those wishing to use the routing trail map in conjunction with a routing highway map while driving, MapSource has a switch that allows you to disable download of routing data with the trail map. Look on the bottom left hand side of the screen when you have selected maps to download. You can still view the snowmobile trails while you are being routed by highway. A fun way to find out where trails are near the highways you drive!

The pink route indicator shows up better now below a trail. You may have to zoom in a bit closer if it is a very long route.  Zoom in and out quickly to make it flash for a short time while the map is being redrawn. After a snowmobile route is calculated, you can shut off the snowmobile trail map and still see the pink route clearly all by itself. Once a snowmobile trail route is calculated, you can turn on routing highway maps to view them as you ride. You will  still be routeed by snowmobile trail until you complete the route or stop routing. Turn off any  routing highway maps before you calculate the next trail route, or it will route you by highway. Routes downloaded from MapSource, must be imported into your GPS using GPS commands. Consult your GPS documentation.

Added several trail reroutes due to logging operations in Pittsburg NH
Added specific club trails names and intersections to the KTS trail system..
Many trail refinements to Maine trails especially in the Rangely Lakes area.
Many trail refinements and additions throughout NH and ME due to use of higher resolution satellite and aerial photographs.
Help files in the kit updated to what is on the website, with some changes to reflect new functionality. More updates planned for the next release with a focus on using routing in MapSource.
MapSource Manage Map Products Version is now correct for each map.
State boundaries can now optionally be download to the GPS. useful for interstate routing.
Several types of map points, (gas, food, hotels) are automatically translated to searchable POI's. They are organized as the defaults are for your GPS model, not in the same fashion as they are in the Custom POI tables.

New automation allows us to turn around trail changes very quickly. Send us your trail changes, names, POI's etc and we will get them back to you in an updated map quickly.

Maps in Apple Macintosh format have been retired. Too much manual labor for too few sales. We will continue to support existing customers. New distribution of updates on micro-sd and swaps should allow Mac users to get updates

Special Thanks to Brad K., Leon A., Dick C., Paul D.,  Doug D. for submission of track logs, waypoints and guidance to correct and refine the trails on the map.

 

 


Version 1.14 Released 4/6/2011 

This map update was free to all previous customers regardless of when the purchased their map.

Added autorouting version of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont snowmobile trail maps that can be directly downloaded to GPS.

Use the Start -> ALL Programs->BackwoodsGPStrails->Snowmobile Trail Maps->Download autorouting Map to GPS windows command. (this is still available, but optional since all maps are routing).

Mac users. Please send email to rick@backwoodsGPstrails.com to get autorouting version for your GPS.

Added Haystack Mountain trail south of Stub Hill.
Added parking lot and access trail northeast of Happy Corners in Pittsburg.
Added Club Trail to White Horse Ledge and South Moat mountain near Echo Lake State Park (west of North Conway)
Added club trail east of US route 16 from Corridor 26 north towards Sanbornville.
Added Hillbilly Pub waypoint Conway Area.
Refined Corridor 19 North From Conway to Shelburne and restored reciprocal parts of the trail to NH map.
Added club trail between Corridor 11 and 5 in Jefferson south of US Route 2.
Added several waypoints for gas, and scenic views
    Hillbilly Pub restaurant
    J's Corner restaurant Gorham
    Jefferson Notch Motel
    Mount Martha Lookout Tower
    Waterwheel restaurant, US Route 2 Jefferson

Added Corridor 17 Reroute from Northwood Lake south to Corridor 6/15.
Refined Primary 360 crossing of Northwood Lake.
Refined Primary 171 crossing of Northwood Lake.
Refined Pawtuckaway Lake trail.
Added Trail to A Path Less Traveled Lodging connecting to P140.
Refined Primary 141 in Pittsburg.
Refined Corridor 20 in Pittsburg.
Added Trail to along US Route 3 to the Buck Rub Pub.
Added Ice Crossing – First Connecticut Lake.
Refined Primary 132 east of Diamond Pond.
Deleted defunct trail between Badger Lane and Cunningham Pond Road (KTS system).
Refined KTS trail 6A.

Thanks to Chris C., John P., Peter K., Dave D., and the Kearsarge Trail Snails for corrections and contributions of tracks logs and waypoints.

 

 


Version 1.13 Released 3/4/2011 

Eliminate 2 defunct club trails – Southwest Winnipasaukee
Added Lake Crossing for Merrymeeting Lake
Added club trail loop north of Moose Mountain Lodge
Added club trail near Burrows Trail
Refined Corridor 22 precision
Delete 3 closed trails in Lyme
Add new trail Northeast of Lary Pond
Added several club trails in Stewartstown
Added Primary 146 and 147 reroutes in Pittsburg
Added club trail west of Newfound lake
Refined C19 Approximate North of Ossipee Lake
Added two trails into Maine off of C19
Added Alton Mountain Trail
Added Patrick's Pub and lake crossing from Gilford's beach to Loon Cove
Added Gilford Fuel waypoint
Added Primary 302 and 304 southeast Winnipasaukee
Added Airport trail to Patrick's Pub
Added Belknap MT trail
Added Round Pond Shortcut
Added waypoint and Trail to Gillford Fuel
Added Trail to Belmont
Extend Corridor 26 South to intersect with P351
Added Club Trail off of C22

Maine bumped to V1.5

Added Club Trail between PT8 and PS12
Refined ITS 85/86 northeast out of Greenville
Added Club trail to the Black Frog
Refined Moosehead trail and several club trails in the area
Added Moosehead Motel and connecting trail
Added several club trails around Jackman Maine
Added club trail and ice crossing over Long Pond

Special thanks to Brad K., John P, Peter K., Nigel C., David M., David B. and Chris C. for track contributions and mapping assistance..

 


Version 1.12 Released 1/1/2011 

Maine bumped to V1.4

Added 89 Alt
Added Black Fly loop
Added Burnt Jacket Mountain club trails
Added Carabasset trail south of Flagstaff lake.
Corrected ITS 82 approximation in Mexico Rumford.
ITS 83 in East Millinocket refined
ITS 84 & 115 in Salem refined
Refined ITS 85 east of Lake Matagamon
Refined ITS 88 Northeast of Long Pond between ST15 and ST21
Added club trail south of ST19
Added club trail between ST20 and St21
Added connector trail between ITS 89 and ITS87 north of ST11
Refined ITS 117 between FN9 and OD3
Refined TPS 112 between Ps16 and PT11 North of Millinocket Lake
Indicate Ice crossings on Katadin Loop Trail
Added Hay Mountain Lookout Trail west of Hay Lake
Added Lyman Loop in Waterboro
Added ME Roadhouse Trail East or FN 17
Added in town trail to services in Mexico
Added Oquossoc connector east of OD5 north or Rangeley
Added ITS 89 approximation between Rangeley and Eustis
Corrected ITS 89 between FN3 and FN1
Indicated RR bed on trail to Jay south of FN3
Added Trail to Bunganut Lake in Alfred

New Hampshire bumped to V1.12

Added Primary 200 in Tuftonboro
Added several club trails in Wolfeboro   
Added lake crossing for Lake Wentworth
Added Club trail Baker River south of BR 1
Added club trail north of Lyme Pinnacale 3 (LP3)
Added club trail between LP 9 and LP5
Added club trail along Primary 153 between LP 9 and LP11
Add club trails south of Warner Covered Bridge
Refined Ice crossing on C15 in Moultonboro.
Added Trial to Ice Rink parking in Moultonboro.
Lake crossing Hopkinton Resevoir added
Added Lake crossing Kanasta Lake and Crossing Squam
Add trails from Wilton Center (US route 101) To Contoocook Lake in Jaffrey
Added and refined several SnowMole and Winchester Trail Riders club trails
Added gas and food in the SnowMoles and Winchester systems.
Added Winchester Trail Riders Club house.
Indicate closed club trail in Winchester Trail Riders system.
Indicated closed section of Corridor 4 south of US route 101 in Keene
Added GPSed Primary 351 from Middletown to Farmington (PMSC/EVSC)

Special thanks to Dave D. for the extensive ME contributions and refinements. Thanks to Brad K., and Denny T., Rob (skully), John P,and Peter K. for NH contributions.

 

 


Version 1.11 Released 2/20/2010 

New installation file name – SnowTr_NH.exe.
Corrected trail type for lake crossing west of Wolfeboro   
Zoom level reduced for cell towers to reduce clutter.
Default trails changed from 5 colors to Blue/Cyan Wide.
Corrected position of Buck Rub Pub.
Cell towers zoom level changed to reduce clutter.

Numerous trail name corrections on Stinson mountain trails.
Wolfeboro railroad tracks added (Corridor 26),
Two gas stations in Wolfeboro added.
Added Wakefield Diner In Sanbornton.
Rerouted Corridor 17 in Gilmanton.
Rerouted Corridor 22 west of Crystal Lake.
Rerouted Club RT R.
Added Lake trail to Wellington, Newfound Lake.
Added Primary 151 west of Newfound Lake and several unnamed club trails.
Added Primary 345 south of Newfound Lake.
Added several club trails waypoints for gas and food photo POIs around Moose Mountain.
New trails around Hwy 11 and Route 16 south of Alton Bay.
Several trails added around Lisbon & Monroe.

Thanks to customers Chris C, John P, Nigel C, and Peter K. Some of your changes will be in V1.12.

 

 


Version 1.10 Released 2/10/2010 

Trail name corrections and Trail additions to Stinson Mountain Area.
Added Primary 154 in Lyme.
Removal of some trail duplications.
Change zoom levels at which some trail labels appear to reduce clutter.

Thanks to customer Chris.

 

 


Version 1.9 Released 1/29/2010 

Improved installation program can copy map image and POI files direct to GPS or sd cards.
Added POI file for Nuvi type units with some photos and proximity alarms.
Added start menu icon linking to Online Snowmobile Trip Planner Help file.
Added start menu icon linking to Online Snowmobile Trip Planner .(Google-Earth & Google Maps)
Added POI and map point for SOS clubhouse.
Refined Corridor 17 from Bear Brook to Barnstead based on precise rider track logs.
Refined corridor 22 and secondary trails around Alton, Gilmanton Iron Works and New Durham.
Refined trails between Moose Mountain and SOS clubhouse in the Ossipee Mountains area.
Refinements to corridor 15 as it crosses by Castle in the Clouds.
Added several club trails and junction waypoints in the Gilmanton area.
Added refinements to several club trails in Alton.
Replaced approximated Corridor trail 15 with high resolution trail between Gilmanton and Meredith Bay.
Refinements to corridor trails between Alton and Ossipee.
Added a dozen local SVSR Club trails around Pittsfield, Chichester, Loudon, Barnstead.
Cleaned up trails in Bear Brook and Tower Hill, added parking and fuel poi's and map points.
Added several named club trails in Alton, and around Moose Mountain
Added several trail segments in the Gorham Berlin area including Cherry Mt. &Jefferson Notch road.
Added several named club trails around Stinson Mt area, and Lincoln.
Refined Corridor 15 in Moultonborough based on rider track logs.
Added several unnamed club trails in Freedom.
Added several club trails in Campton, Rumney, Ellsworth.
Trail refinements and additions in Littleton and Franconia & Baker River
Special thanks to customers Doug and John for their track log contributions and assistance.

 

 


Version 1.8 Released 1/6/2010 

Changed Icons and names for Cell Towers so they can be seen and searched on the GPS.
Corrected problems with custom colors Blue Cyan Double, and Red Pattern for secondary trails.

 

 

 


Version 1.7 Released 12/28/2010 

Added State border.
Added Bear Notch Road with north and south parking areas . (Early season riding)
Added all NH Cell Towers (searchable, and visible at higher zoom levels)
Replaced approximate corridor 5 trail (From Haverhill to Littleton) with dead-on rider track log.
Added several smaller club trails in the area of Asquamchumauke Valley, Baker River Valley, MT Cardigan, Rumney Snowdrifters, Lyme Pinnacle, and Hardy Country Snowmobile Clubs. Many detailed POI's for intersections there.
Corrected some confusing poi names. (e.g. Restaurant named 31-Jan-08)

 

 


Version 1.6 Released 11/11/2009 

Added extensive trail corrections to the Berlin (WMRR) and Groveton trails.

Added trail correction and several new waypoints for gas and food to the area around Boscawen. Added several trails in the southwestern part of NH south to the MA border. Many of these trails were provided by user supplied tracklogs and do not contain trail numbers. Special thanks to BackwoodsGPStrails customers Skully and friends.

NHsnowTr_06.exe installs Garmin\gmapsupp.img to the computers directory tree. This file can be copied to a sd card or to a Nuvi's internal storage. This eliminates the absolute requirement to have MapSource. Updated helpfiles to describe copying files to a Nuvi if you do not have MapSource.

 

 


Version 1.5 Released 12/4/2008

The installation script now has the ability to select custom colors

Dark Blue – Cyan – Wide Dark Blue – Cyan – Thin

 

 


Version 1.4 Released 3/4/2008

Added trail between Concord and Contoocook based on user track logs.
Added trails in Warner / Henniker area and Mount Kearsarge.
Added local trails around Alton Bay and reroute corridor 22 in that area.
Reroute corridor trail 4 based on track logs.

Substantial corrections of corridor trail 11 from Berlin through Twin MT and Franconia notch. Reroute 14 into Lincoln base on user track logs

Varied zoom levels for trail numbers to improve readability, reduce clutter.
Use of new map tools. Help file added with recommendations for making tracklogs.

Added Several 911 intersection waypoints for northern NH.

 

 


Version 1.2 Released 1/28/2008

Added trails around Newfound Lake and Squam.
Removed long trail name labels.
Corrected several (8,15,14,11) corridor trails on the west side of Lake Winnipesaukee

 

 


Version 1.1a Released 1/4/2008

Changed levels in Pv file,L0=15 L1=14

 

 


Version 1.1 Released 12/30/2007

 

Added copyright statement as a visible map point.
Added waypoints as map points visible at zoom level 2 (should eliminate the need for GDB waypoints file).
Removed some trail names as labels.

 

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OsmAnd in Android – Call ahead feature http://backwoodsgpstrails.com/wp3/osmand-in-android-call-ahead-feature/ Sat, 24 Dec 2016 16:28:44 +0000 http://backwoodsgpstrails.com/wp3/?p=4988 Read More ...]]> Version 1.48  of our Snowmobile Trail Maps includes detailed information on Lodging, Restaurants and many fuel stops and convenience store type POIs. Since your android device is interactive and potentially internet connected (when within cellular data or WIFI range) this additional POI information can be extremely useful. For example, you could search for the nearest lodging places, and then check out their website to find out what their rates are, or even call ahead to make a reservation. For restaurants, it can be useful to check on their hours, make a reservation of even browse their online menu to see if they serve what you like.

This same useful data is available on our trail maps for Garmin GPS models, hoeever, you need to manually type in url's and phone numbers into you phone or internet connected device to actually initiate a call or access a web page.

Finding and evaluating potential lodging spots

When your vector format trail map is enabled in your Map Source settings all map POIs are searchable. You can also enable certain POI types to be displayed on the screen at all times.


Display the MAP – Map Source should be set to offline vector maps and snowmobile trail map enabled

 

Enable POI display = Accomidation

 

Find a Lodging POI Icon and tap on it. We enabled the Overlay map to be NH ME VT Snowmobile raster to make trails more visable.

 

Tap on the Lodging POI to display tab on bottom of screen.

 

 

Tap … MORE ACTIONS – then SHOW DESCRIPTION

 

 

Tap on Phone Number to initiate a call or Tap on URL to open a website

 

 

View their Website your browser (Internet connection required)

Finding Detailed Restaurant Info

Follow the same procedure to get enhanced detail about restaurants so you can phone ahead to find out iof they are open, or visit their website to view a their menu choices.

 

Display restaurant type POIs. Tap them – select SHOW DESCRIPTION- then tap on URL

 

 

Website displays in your browser – looks promising…

 


View their menu… . Verify hours or Phone Ahead to reserve a spot.

 

 

 

And or course, once you decide, you can navigate to your destination with spoken turn by turn directions…

 

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ATV trail map V25 update is available http://backwoodsgpstrails.com/wp3/nh-atv-trail-map-v1-03-autorouting-update-available/ Thu, 12 May 2016 10:00:51 +0000 http://50.87.248.94/~backwop5/wp3/?p=2084 Read More ...]]> To determine the version of the map in Garmin MapSource, use the command Utiliies->Manage Map Products. For Garmin BaseCamp, the command is Maps->Manage Map Products.

Release Notes
ATV Trails map for Garmin GPS

V1.25

Version

Release Date

Notes

V1.25

5/12/2017

NH
 Added Ride the Wilds Corridor names and line styles 
 Changed speed limit on all trails to 25mph

ME
  Added many new miles of trails and new POI's
  Changed all speed limits to 25mph
  Navigation on ATV trails can be avoided (for UTV and trailbike riders) by setting AVOID TOLLS

OsmAnd
 Includes updates to OsmAnd (excluding online tile maps)
 Added Lewis County NY, and a subset of VT trails as additional products.

V1.24

5/12/2017 (concurrent with 1,25)

NH
  Added NH Route 110B Trail.
  Added Back Trail to Town And Country Hotel in Gorham.
  Added trail to Haverhill from Woodville, Parking, amenities.
 

V1.23

July 26,2016

ME

Added Trails west of Grand Lake.
Add trails west of Nicatous Lake.

NH

Many changes to the North Stratford Trails
Added many detailed notes to waypoints.

 

V1.22

July 7,2016

NH

Added Forbes Road ATV Trail
Remove "Possible ATV Trail" East of Murphy Dam in Pittsburg
Added several trails south of Back Lake
Added Hill ATV Trails
Added Toby's Trail Loop in Jericho State Park.
Added East Side Androscoggin Power Line Trail
Added Absolute Powersports access trail in Gorham.
Added a couple trails in North Stratford.
Eliminate Sidewalk Trail in the 'Burg Main street.

ME – no changes – next release

Osmand Map to be updated in a few days.

V1.21

June 15, 2016

Added Yamaha Connector trail north out of Jericho state Park
Added Jericho Gateway Family Campground private trails
Added seasonal connector to Moose Brook State Campground

V1.20

 

Added Cascade Scenic Waterfall

V1.19

July 7,2015

Added Corridor D of "Ride the Wilds" trail in Coos County NH.
Removed several incorrect spur trails from the North Country ATV system in NH.

Osmand based ATV trail maps will be updated in the next few days.

Special thanks to Tom C. who rode Corridor D to validate the map.

 

V1.18

 May, 7,2015

Added Over 800 miles of trails in Maine
Refined several trails in NH
Begin adding more meaningful names to north NH and ME trails
Zoom level increased to level 16 for OsmAnd ATV trail overlay images

Note: The recent release of OsmAnd 2.0.1 from the Google play store is a bit buggy. Most notable is that when OSMAND ATV NH ME raster image map is used as an Overlay map, OsmAnd will crash at zoom levels over 16 (500 feet).  OsmAnd 1.9.5 ( available here) works with no problems. Avoid zooming closer than 500 feet, or disable the trail map overlay while zooming closer than 500 feet when using OsmAnd 2.0.4

May 14,2015 – A new raster overlay file of ATV trails for Osmand is now available which allows the map to be zoomed to any level without causing a crash in the newer versions of OsmAnd. This new file is more compact and takes up less space on you device.

 

V1.17

October 10,1014

NH
Ride the Wilds Phase one is now 100% mapped!
Added access trail to Big Rock Campground
Added several POIs for food in Colebrook and Berlin
Added Clear Stream Campground trail for Renters ONLY
Add Minnon Young Trail
Extend East Milan Trail
Extend Diamond Pond Trail

ME
added several miles of new trails in the southwestern part of the state
Added several trails south of Turner.
Added Waterboro trail system

V1.16

 August 8,2014

NH
Added Reservoir Road ATV in North Stratford
Replaced Proposed Stratford to Colebrook connector with actual implemented trail
Added Rene's Maze Trails at Jericho Lake Park
Added Log Cabin Trail in Boundtree system

ME
No changes

Thanks to Tom C. for trail corrections and additions.

OSMAND ATV trail map will be updated in a day or two.

V1.15

July 24, 2014

NH
Added proposed Main Street Lancaster NH trail
Added several POIS for food, lodging and fuel on Lancaster Main Street.
Added State Street ATV Trail in Groveton, NH
Added Station Square ATV Trail in Groveton
Added Parking at Station square Groveton
Added Pizza Restaurant in Groveton
Added Power House Road ATV trail in West Stewartstown
Added Canan VT/NH Commerce Trail
Added Clarksville Pond Road ATV Trail and connector trail
Extend Routed 26 ATV Trail to Clear Stream Campground
Added Gas and Lodging in Errol NH
Added Cree Notch lookout and loop trail
Added Milan East River Road Trail, Lunchenette, Blake Road and 110A trails

Maine
Added Trail From Success Pond NH north to Upton Maine
Corrected several unconnected intersections effecting routing.

Special thanks to Tom C. for corrections and additional trails.

V1.14

June, 17, 2014

Removed "proposed" status of trails in Colebrook NH that have been approved for use, except for those requiring State approval.
Corrected problem in the script that copies Custom ATV POIs to GPS. (effects both ME and NH maps)
Added POI for Jericho Mud pits and several trailer parking lots for the Jericho Festival.
Indicate closure of Lake Road and Old Lake Road ATV trails in Salon ME.
Added script to the Windows Start menu to copy combined Topo and  ATV Trail map directly to your GPS or micro-sd*

* Note: To start the script use Start->All Programs->BackwoodsGPSTrails->ATV Trail Maps->Download ATV Map and POIs to GPS. This script will not copy maps correctly to main storage on newer model nuvi's such as the 30,40 and 50lm. It will correctly copy maps to micro-sd on both older and newer GPS models. Use of the micro-sd is preferable since you can also view the combined ATV and topo map when connected to a system running Garmin BaseCamp. Because of the larger size of the combined map, this script may not work on GPS models with limited storage.

V1.13

June 1,2014

 

Added several trails in the "Coos County NH"

Added Creampoke Road ATV trail in Stewartstown NH

Added several proposed ATV trails on Roads in Colebrook (NOT YET OPEN)
Bennit Hill Road ATV Trail
Creampoke Road ATV Trail
Diamond Pond Road ATV Trail
East Colebrook Road ATV Trail
Harvey Swell Road ATV Trail
Main Street Colebrook to IGA ATV Trail
North Hill Road ATV Trail
Reed Road ATV Trail
US Route 26 out of Colebrook

Please DO NOT RIDE THESE ROADS UNLESS SIGNED AS OPEN

Added Bear Rock Adventures ATV UTV Rental

Added LaPearle's IGA as a food stop

Added Gas Station south of LaPearle's IGA

Added Hughes Road ATV Trail

Added Colebrook Town Woodlot ATV Trail to South Hill Road ATV Trail

Removed closed sections of Hardscrabble Road

Corrected Colebrook Railroad bed to Hall Stream Road ATV Trail

Fixed bug in Custom POI loader preventing it from running on new installs/

Special thanks to Shane F. and Tom C. for mapping assistance and tracks.

No significant changes to Maine ATV Trail maps.

Android map updates to follow in a couple days.

V1.12

 May 13,2014

Added Berlin NH city streets as legal ATV trails.

V1.11

April 30,2014

Added custom POI file loader to include Intersections, Attractions, Bridges, Lodging Parking named to avoid confusion with Snowmobile POIS.
Added Gorham road trails and Presidential Rail Trail (Snow Cover ONLY)
Added Main street in Groveton and connector to Strafford Trail system
Added several POIS along route 1 in Gorham

ATV Trail maps for android were updated on 5/8/2014

V1.10

August, 2013

NH
Renamed 13 Mile Woods Trail to Errol
Added in-town trails in Errol on US route 26
Added Killkenny Trail Riders initial trails between Lancaster and Groveton

ME
Added in-town trails and additional services in Rangely Maine
Added highway trail between Harmony and Pittsfield

V1.09

July 1, 2013

Added Cedar Brook Road ATV Trail and Parking area, Dummer NH
Remove Pontook Parking area. Relocated due to Safety.
Rename Hamlin Brook Road Trail in Sunset Riders system
Added (closed) Lost weekend Trail
Renamed trails in Sunset Riders system
Added Proposed 13 Mile woods trail into Errol

V1.08

May 30 , 2013

Added North Waterford Maine Trail system
Add trail connecting Livermore with Jay Maine
Added NH Bungy Road connector between Colebrook and Stratford Trail systems
Completed loop trail along NH Tracy Brook to Roaring Brook (NE of Coleman State Park
Correct route of north end of Nathan Pond Trail heading to the 'Burg
Completed connection of Pittsburg Connector to Bear Rock Road
Added probable connector between Bear Rock Road and Great North Woods Riders trail system
Corrected Millsfield to Corser Brook Connector trail north segment
Corrected Trail through the Balsams Property.
Add Carrier Trail from north Millsfield Parking lot
Added a couple small parking lots on 26

V1.07

May 1, 2013

Added new ATV trails in Colebrook (Metallak ATV club)  including…
Trail from south of Dixville Peak heading northwest to Bear Rock Road.
Heath Road east to Diamond Pond Road.
Noyes Road.
In town Colebrook Trail to Main Street Gas
Rail trail north to  Stewartstown and into Vermont

V1.06

April 1,  2013

Added Salmon Brook ATV club trails in Sanbornton NH (some trails require trail pass)
Added Everett Hopkinton Trails.
Added Little Monadnock Family Trails in Richmond/Troy/Swanzey

Initial Release of Maine ATV, UTV and Trail Bike trail map. 2923 miles of trails.
Initial release of combined NH_ME ATV Trail map.

V1.05

September 26, 2012

Corrected several trail disconnections preventing routing in some areas.
Added new trail from Coleman State Park, over Sugar Hill and Dixville Peak to the Millsfield trail system.
Added new trail from Success Pond area to Dummer.
Added new trailer parking place added in Dummer.
Corrected the proposed trail from Success to Seven Islands. Opens 2013.
Refinements of trail resolution to support "turn anticipation".

V1.04

August 8, 2012

Support tor routing on all ATV trails.
 Updated  trail naming for Jericho Trails
Add  trail to Moose Brook Parking lot on Route 2 and the alternative trail to Success via the railroad bridge.

V1.03

Feb 20,2012

Added Corser Brook Trails in Errol(sometimes called Mead Paper lands).
Added Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail between Claremont and Newport.
Added Amonoosuc Recreational Rail Trail between Woodsville and Littleton.
 Added Hillsboro Recreational Rail Trail between Hollsboro and Bennington.
Added connector trail between Millsfield ATV trails and Corser Brook.
Refined Pittsburg ATV trails using satellite imagery.
Added trails on authorized town roads in Pittsburg.
 Added map POI for Cardinal Cabins lodging in Pittsburg NH.
 Substantial cleanup of Jericho ATV Park trails, removing "proposed trails".
 Added Berlin City trail between Jericho ATV Park and Success trails.
Added Boundtree ATV trails in Warner/Hennicker NH.
 Refined Millsfield Trail system.

The ATV trail map now routes.. Routing is also  supported in Garmin MapSource and BaseCamp. The routing trail maps can be combined with any non-routing map for download to your GPS.  Use the routing tool to create custom routes, document your favorite trail loop or extended trips, and then download them to your GPS. Using Mapsource, you can view a list of turn by turn directions, and calculate mileage along ATV trails. Occasionally you may see a route take an unexpected path, one that seems like the long way around. This is usually caused by a trail not being actually connected. Zoom in real close and see if you see a break in the trail line. Even a microscopic break will cause the route to be avoided. You can route over this manually for a short distance to complete the route. Simply create a new routing point just past where the line is broken Please mark the break location with a waypoint, save it in a .gpx file and email it  to us. This will assist us in eliminating these hard to find defects. Interstate routing is not supported because the trails between states overlap but do not actually intersect. To plan an interstate ride, route to the state border, draw a small off-road route segment over the line break and  then continue auto routing to destination. This can be done in your GPS or with MapSource

 

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NH ME Routing ATV map for Android released! http://backwoodsgpstrails.com/wp3/nh-me-routing-atv-map-for-android-released/ Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:01:33 +0000 http://50.87.248.94/~backwop5/wp3/?p=3365 Read More ...]]> Even though there is still plenty of snow remaining for the sled, it's time to start getting ready for wheeled backwoods fun on your ATV or UTV!

Today we are announcing the availability of our fully routing, fully cached  ATV/UTV Trail map for android tablets and smartphones. No data signal required!  No data plan required! No WIFI signal required!

Whether you intend to  ride New Hampshire with it's unparalleled mountain beauty, or the endless remote backwoods trails of Maine, this map has you covered.

Why attempt to accumulate and carry countless paper maps, when you carry it all in the palm of your hand? When was the last time a paper map told you your precise position, or talked you through a long and complicated series of turns to you destination? When was the last time that a paper map told you the precise distance remaining to you destination? When was the last time your paper map transformed itself from a topographical map, to a highway map, to high resolution aerial imagery annotated with trails and map points?

Details of this amazing bit of 21st century technology can be found here.

Explore with confidence and never get lost again!

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What Customers Say about Us http://backwoodsgpstrails.com/wp3/what-customers-say-about-us/ Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:45:54 +0000 http://50.87.248.94/~backwop5/wp3/?p=2446 Read More ...]]> 2013 – 2014

"Finally got out on the trails last weekend and used my new gps with the backwoods gps trails maps. Great product and was nice to have on some questionable intersections. Excellent tool for finding gas. I saved some great favorite spots that I can find no problem now. I highly recommend this program and I use it with the Nuvi 500." by YamaRev on SledNH.com

"A big plus if anyone does a trip like this is to have the maps from backwoodsGPStrails.com. I have had these maps for years and highly recommend them to anyone that likes to venture out and explore new areas. The attached PDF shows our GPS tracks for each of the days rides; red-Thursday; green-Friday; blue-Saturday; 540 miles overall." by Vector at SledNH.com.

"I already tell every one about your product, in the past two weeks alone I had recommend it 3X….  I absolutely love it and wouldn’t be without it myself." by Bob R. via email.


October 2012 – March 2013

"The kids and I took the club trails to Plymouth from Meredith today…… New snow, covered tracks and missing signs caused a lot of hassle and problems….it seems like nobody has maintained the signs for years. Thank god for my GPS and Backwoodsgps trail maps, it kept us on track when we had no idea where the trail was."  by ericlun on SledNH.com


"For those of you who like to get in some serious mileage and explore trails you have never ridden on before; having a gps mounted on your sled with the snowmobile trail maps from backwoodsgpstrails.com is the way to go. I have been a user of these maps for several years and I am still amazed at how these maps allow a rider to venture into new territory and plan a day's ride with ease.

This past Saturday I rode 150 miles starting from Randolph, then headed to Berlin, over to Success Pond, into Maine, up to Umbagog, north to Errol, Millsfield, then south to Milan, to Jericho Park, and then back to Randolph. Most of these trails I had never been on. Without the GPS trail maps I would not have the confidence to know where I am, know where I can get gas, and would be fiddling with paper maps throughout the day when it was barely 10 degrees out. Other cool features like auto-routing allow you to navigate to scenic vistas, gas, food, lodging, etc, with turn by turn directions. How cool is that!

I know there have been previous posts about GPS trail maps but I just wanted to add my two cents and suggest the maps from Backwoods GPS Trails are a great purchase for any avid snowmobiler. "  posted by Vector on SledNH.com


"I have been waiting for routing capability in the woods to be real. it is now. I have a nuvi 500 mounted on my sled. I am also not a natural navigator so this piece of equipment is critical. It worked great. I was the tie breaker in any directional arguments. HA! The capability to route to a destination (especially home!) is fantastic. Keep up the nice work. I will be purchasing the ATV versions as well."  by Tom W. via email


"I had a chance to use your map on my NUVI 500 in Pittsburg, NH Sunday and Monday. We logged about 200 miles and your maps were spot on. It was our first time on the Pittsburgh trail system. After using the Product for a day ride I was confident enough in the product that we went out for a night ride. Had a great time. Well worth the purchase price."  from Rick F. via email.


"Can’t tell you how much we are enjoying the routing trail maps"  from Mark D. via email.


" Awesome! Thanks again for such quick support! I have to say, I used your auto routing maps for the first time in Pittsburg last weekend and it was amazing how well they work!"  by Scott K. via email.


"Love the maps on the Garmin. You did a great job with it. I have been using GPS for years just relying on my own breadcrumb trails. This is a huge improvement." by David L. via email.


"I made the first tracks of the season last weekend and your maps were great. Their getting real accurate around the Pittsburg area."   by Brad K. via email.


"Very impressed with the routable trail Nav. Have tried it out well now and am getting used to it. Boy it saves some time when coming back late in the dark!!!"  by Mark D. via email.


"Your trail maps are great, keep up the good work and Think Snow!" by Scott K. via email.


"I Love You Guys Trail Maps, 4 of my buddies I sled with have all bought them now!by Thumpa M. via email.


“In addition to the very welcome but unexpected Triton trailer donation, Backwoods GPS Trails of Errol donated a brand new GPS, already programmed with all of the trails in Coös County. Operators can simply plug in the location where they need to go and this unit will talk them through to that location along the trails, just the way a GPS unit works in a car. It’s amazing!” by Larry Gomes of WMRR as reported in  the Berlin Reporter newspaper.


"My brother and I are huge fans of your maps and use them exclusively in Pittsburg, NH and backcountry." by Chris M, parts manager  at HK PowerSports in Laconia via email.


Discussion Topic: What's the best GPS and Trail map for Snowmobiling at SledNH.com….

"Garmin Nuvi 500/550 and Backwoods GPS maps.by noxorc at SledNH.com/

"A Garmin Montana with the Backwoods Snowmobile and ATV maps is hard to beat." by cardinalcabins at SledNH.com

"I have been using your Backwoods GPS maps for a few years now and love them. Highly recommended for anyone traveling on a sled or ATV." by webhost at SledNH.com

"X2 on the nuvi if its only for the sled. and Backwoods GPS autorouting maps are the best available for ME,NH and VT."  by sno-dust  on SledNH.com,

"If your in ME,NH or Vt, get Backwoods GPS Trails and load it onto the garmin you are goin g to buy.If you would use a handheld for other than snowmobiling (hunting,fishing,geocaching,hiking,mapping trails etc)the oregon works well,I have a 550T and it works well. If only for sled/atv use get one of the water resistant nuvi models,the screen is bigger than a portable. I forgot to add these maps are turn to turn routable."   by sno-dust on  HardCoreSledder.com

"Garmin Nuvi 500/550 and Backwoods GPS maps"  " BAR NONE!"  by triplepleasure on  SledNH.com.

"I have been running a Nuvi 500 so long now on my motorcycles and in my
truck that I have forgotten how long it has been. I would say it has been
atleast 4 or 5 years now. I use the same Nuvi 500 on my sled now also !
As for Metaluc's maps …..
I think I got them as soon as he released them and even donated
some of the trails I have maped also. They are excellent !
Rob ….." by 
skully on  SledNH.com.

"X2 – Very happy w/ my Nuvi 500, had it for about 4 years, paid a lot back then but prices have come down a lot.
Backwoods trail maps are excellent as well!" by
Yaminator  on  SledNH.com.

December 2011 

"I have maps of 95% of my rides since 1999. Last year I loaded maps from Back woods GPS trails and it is real nice seeing the trails on the GPS, they doo help out in new areas that I explore. I would highly recommend checking them out here…Backwoods GPS Trails."  by yamawarrior04 – on HardCoreSledder.com


December 2010

"I''m a happy customer. Kudo's to Rick and backwoods GPS Trails!" by noxorc on SledNH.com

December 2009

"I have the backwoodsgpstrails.com software for my GPSMAP 60CSx handheld and am pleased with it.
Their costomer service is second-to-none as well!"
by R-TICAT  trailconditions.com


"I second backwoodsgpstrails.com Their maps are awesome. I just downloaded the update and cannot wait to test them out. The original worked perfect. "  by MOUNTAIN DOO on  trailconditions.com

 

February 2008

"I loaded Garmin TOPO maps and Backwoods GPS Trails maps (www.backwoodsgpstrails.com). The northern NH maps sit transparently on top of the topo maps. It's great, with a quick glance, I'll see what's coming up down the trail. We found the trailhead to Mount Magalloway in Pitttsburg, NH easily and ran it to the top." by skiersx11 on DooTalk.com

December 2007

"Hi all,
Unsolicited kudos to backwoodsgpstrails.com. The other day I got a new Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx , my first GPS & being totally ignorant was clueless of how it worked what I needed… Soon discovered once it arrived I need to add map software (extra from Garmin) I chose Topo 2008 (great map to show the topgraphy of the country).

Well I assumed (wrongly) that once I did that I get add "tracks" of New Hampshire pretty easily, I figured should be able to just upload them to the unit (Tracks are what they sound like, when you travel a path/trail the GPS "tracks" it & makes a log) well long story short, The Genius's at Garmin only allow 20 tracks to be held at any one time on the unit, worse was the point the tracks are not too terribly long. In short there was no easy way to "map" all the trails in Northern NH easily with what Garmin provided.

Well during this trial & error process of modifying & trying to do "the impossible" I googled & found backwoodsgpstrails.com They offered a GPS Track log of close to 200 tracks for what I thought was cheap money…

I bought & received, however what I soon found out was what I mentioned above- only 20 could be loaded without trying to modify & trust me when I say I developed a serious case of GPS rage.

I communicated via email back & forth with backwoodsgpstrails.com (Rick) he explained to me the limitations Garmin imposed on this unit.. He also mentioned he was working on a "work around" to this. Hoping to find a perfect solution…

Well today (Christmas Eve) I got the email backwoodsgpstrails.com (Rick) had found a solution. Just so happened he got the same GPS a few days earlier & had been working dilligently trying to overcome this flaw of the Garmins….

The instructions were very straightforward & took me a whole 10 minutes MAX to now have the GPS mapped tracks on my unit. I great overlay with Topo showing the trails…

This will now compliment my regular trail maps nicely, I feel having a regular "hard" map & the GPS routes shown it makes it almost look like a street map on the Garmin. Waypoints & trail numbers are also referenced on the GPS map.

Point is, this guys customer service is spectacular. If anyone has a GPS they probably understand exactly what this does. It also frees up any track logs so now I can run my own tracks.

Very cool addition to the sled. I have a 2004 F7 Cat Fighter Pilot- this fit perfect on the handlebars with Garmins mount. I also hardwired it (had previously put a 12VDC rectifier on her for a gauge so this was a few minute task).

We have planned (2) – 1 week trips this year End Jan & End Feb… Travelling 17 hours to ride, I believe in prior preparation to leaving. This should make a perfect addition.

While I have yet to try her in the region mapped, It appears accurate & have no doubt it is correct.
Think COLD & SNOW!!
Chris"
by chrmer3 at  hardcoresledder.com

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BaseCamp Tricks http://backwoodsgpstrails.com/wp3/basecamp-tricks/ Wed, 01 Jan 2014 13:23:32 +0000 http://50.87.248.94/~backwop5/wp3/?p=2583 Read More ...]]>

Early Versions of BaseCamp were lame

When Garmin first introduced BaseCamp, I loaded it up and took it for a test drive. I was very disappointed. It was incredibly slow to paint maps on the screen, subject to crashing, and from what I could ascertain had fewer features than he old standby MapSource. It did not even have the ability to load maps by itself. I quickly wrote it off as a lame attempt by Garmin to appease the Apple users who could not run MapSource. What's the point of a slower program with fewer features? BaseCamp went into my unused software bin,

Every now and then, I would run BaseCamp just to see if maps were compatible. Every now and then I would get a question from a Mac user who was using BaseCamp. For the most part I stuck with MapSource for everyday  tasks such as managing track logs, combining and downloading maps and creating custom routes.  I continued to focus my documentation efforts towards explaining MapSource usage.

Faster hardware, BaseCamp improvements

I eventually updated my hardware to a faster multi-processor, with more memory and a faster USB interface.  Now when I fire up BaseCamp, the sluggishness is gone. The addition of MapInstall as a separate program callable by BaseCamp made it possible to use BaseCamp to combine and download maps to the GPS.  MapInstall is a little clumsier than the integrated map integration and download feature of MapSource, but it works. BaseCamp was becoming a viable alternative to MapSource.

Increasingly, the unique features of BaseCamp make it more compelling. If you have a Birds-Eye-View capable GPS that can display optional satellite imagery,  then BaseCamp is a must, since MapSource has no support for this feature. If you are an Apple user, then you have no other choice, since MapSource was never ported to Mac's.

There are a couple of other features that are worth mentioning. BaseCamp has a 3d Display mode that is not in MapSource. When displaying a map that lacks Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data, the 3d map is simply a perspective view similar to what you see on most GPS models 3d view mode. Most maps, including most free topographic maps do not contain DEM data. However, Garmin TOPO US 2008, and probably other variants of Garmin topographic maps do contain DEM data. For these maps, the 3D display mode of BaseCamp produces a true 3d rendering of topography similar to Google-Earth. If you have a DEM capable map, there are ways that you can view non-DEM enabled map data in this context. More on that later.

The bottom line is that BaseCamp has a number of unique features that make it  an increasingly compelling replacement to MapSource.
 

BaseCamp displays map sets stored on GPS

I recently loaded up our trail maps along with a topographical map on to my 60Csx GPS. This GPS model has no user accessible built-in storage, so all optional maps beyond a rudimentary base map must be stored on the micro-sd card. When I happened to fire up BaseCamp with my 60Csx connected to the computer via a USB cable, something odd happened. BaseCamp read the combined trail map and topo and displayed it in a list of maps on the device. That map was labeled  "NH ME VT Snowmobile". The "NH ME VT Snowmobile" map also showed up in the map selection drop-down, and under Utilities -> Manage Map Products menu. 

When I selected the "NH ME VT Snowmobile"  I was astonished  to see for the first time a Garmin product displaying  a combined map in a single screen. This has always been a frustrating limitation of MapSource.

Hard to believe, but there it was. The snowmobile trails overlaid over a detailed topographic map. For once, a user could see the trails in the detailed context of a topographic map just the way they appear on the GPS. Awesome!

(Click on the images below to display them in a larger more readable size)

The magic required to make it work

This only works if you are using our preloaded micro-sd cards that combine a free topo map with any trail map.  If you create your own combined map including a trail map and topo map using MapSource or BaseCamp,  BaseCamp is unable to read the maps from the GPS.  We do not use either program to create our preloaded micro-sd cards, so the magic must be done there.  We are looking at ways to make this available via download.

Enabling the routing Tool

I was a little disappointed that the routing tool was not enabled. After all the trail map was routing. Why was the routing tool disabled. Hopefully not another annoying limitation. While fiddling with the map, I eventually noticed that the routing tool had become enabled. The operation that seemed to enable it was the Device-> Receive from Device menu command. The key to that command enabling the routing tool seems to be that the GPS must have stored at least one pre-existing custom route. It is still a bit mysterious as to what exactly is required to enable the routing tool.  If the routing tool is not enabled, then if you open a custom route the recalculate button is also disabled.

If you use the Find operation, it finds points of interest (map points) from both the trail map and the underlying topographic map. If you have a separately installed trail map, and switch to that map, the find operation will only show map points contained on the trail map. I think that BaseCamp's find operation is superiour to that in MapSource because it shows both a list and also highlights each point in the list on the map.

3d View

While our trail map does not contain DEM data, it is still possible to view a subset of trails in the context of a true 3d display with realistic mountains and topography. If you create a route on either the combined snowmobile and Free (non-DEM) topo map, you will see a simple 3d perspective view with a flat map background. However, if you switch the map selection to a DEM enabled map such as Garmin Topo US 2008, you will see the route displayed with a true 3d display similar to Google-Earth.

Trail Elevation Data

Our trail maps do not include elevation data for a trail. But, if you display routes created from our trail map and display them over a DEM enabled map such as Garmin Topo US 2008,  then the route acquires elevation information from the underlying topo map and can display it as depicted below. If you like steep and deep, here's how you can find it!

 

Overlay Images – North East Snow Depth

One of the cool things that you can do with BaseCamp is to add georeferenced image overlays to the BaseCamp map display.  The term "georeferenced" means that the image has geographic position and sizing information included along with the digital photo image. Google's .kml and .kmz format files are examples of files that can describe georeferenced image overlays. How is this useful? Well for example, you might use Google Earth to georeference a local club trail map, and then display it in BaseCamp along with other map data. If the map is accurate enough, and you have correctly positioned it, you might even be able to trace out routable tracks by tracing the snowmobile trails depicted on the map image. It is a bit of a tricky proposition but can be fun to try.

One of the more useful things I have used image overlays for is the NOAA Snow Depth Map. What could be more useful then knowing the snow depth in areas where you plan on riding. NOAA produces a color coded image of the New England states on a daily basis that indicates snow depth. This image comes from the web, so obviously you need to have an active internet connection for the display to be valid. Click on this file link "Northeast Snow Depth.kmz" and download the file to a hard disk on your computer.

If you have Google Earth installed on your computer, .KML and .KMZ file types are associated with Google Earth. Clicking on them will open the file in Google Earth. The image will be displayed in Google Earth as illustrated below.

You can modify the transparency of the overlay image to let more or less of the underlying earth image show through. And of course you can search and scroll around the map as you normally do on Google earth. Wouldn't it be nice if you could also see snowmobile trails and snow depth together? Well if you have trails or tracks loaded into Google earth, you can. Wouldn't it be nice to display the snow depth in BaseCamp where you have complete state wide maps of snowmobile trails. Well, you can and we will tell you how.

Importing Northeast Snow Depth into BaseCamp

Start up BaseCamp. Select a folder on the left hand side of the screen to import the image overlay into. I created on named "Temp". Now select the menu command File-Import into "Temp" and browse to select the "Northeast Snow Depth.kmz" file. The results should be similar to what you see below.

If you zoom out far enough to see the whole overlay image, you can see that the date that the snow depth was calculated is written at the top. This should be within a day or so of the current date. The scale bar is on the left. Unlike the Google earth display, the scale bar does not stay on the screen. That is some special magic that can only be done with Google Earth called a screen overlay.

The illustration above shows the overlay displayed over the basic map.  Type Control-G to toggle on/off "basic map only". When a detailed map  such as "Backwoods Snowmobile" is enabled you can see both the snow depth and the snowmobile trails.

Several types of maps can be used in conjunction with the snow depth overlay, including topo maps and highway maps. And you own waypoints, tracks and custom routes can also be used with the overlay.

Lookin' for the Steep and Deep

Well, it is pretty obvious where the deep snow is. Red is between 25 and 40 inches according to the depth scale. Purple is 40 plus inches! It looks like northwest Vermont and northwest Maine have the deepest snow. Now we can zoom in to have a closer look at the trails where the deep snow is.Lets zoom into Maine's red zone.

Ahhh, it looks like Piston Farm in Maine has the most trails in deep snow. And since that is one of our favorite spots to ride, we will hit that this weekend. It might be worthwhile to spend a few minutes to map out some custom routes just like we did previously. This time, we can take into consideration up to date snow conditions when planning our awesome snowmobiling expedition!

BaseCamp Video Tutorials

Watch Garmin's video tutorials to learn about the many features of BaseCamp.

 

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Free Snowmobile Map for Smart Phones and Tablets http://backwoodsgpstrails.com/wp3/free-maps-for-smart-phones-and-tablets/ Sun, 23 Dec 2012 16:23:47 +0000 http://50.87.248.94/~backwop5/wp3/?p=2544 Read More ...]]> Merry Christmas!

We are pleased to announce the first release of our snowmobile trail maps for smart phones and tablets. This is a simple browser based map that displays in most HTML-5 compatible browsers, on multiple operating systems and hardware platforms.

It is optimized for small screens found on cell phones, but it dynamically adapts the display to work on even very large screens. Touch gestures are used to effortlessly scroll, zoom, change layers, search, and locate your geographic position.

It has been tested on Firefox for Android, Safari for iPhone, Chrome for iPhone, Firefox for Android, on the iPhone4, Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, and Droid-x android phone. And of course it works on your favorite desktop browser as well.

"Where Am I?" type location services can use your devices GPS to pinpoint your actual location on the map within feet. View your position in relation to high resolution snowmobile trails, highway maps, topography, satellite images and more.

Multiple background layers are available including Satellite, Satellite hybrid, Roads and topographic maps. You can zoom right down to the tree tops to see what is actually around you.

No updating is necessary.! When we update our trail maps, your display is automatically updated the the next time you view it. And we are likely to add new free features. Premium paid features may be added in the future at additional cost.

This browser application does not do turrn by turn navigation. Unlike our routing trail maps for Garmin GPS, and our routing trail map for android it will not calculate routes along snowmobile trails, nor will it direct you to your destination. It is however a very nice companion to our routing trail maps that you can carry in your pocket wherever you go! 

This thing slings lots of data. Keep an eye on your data plan so as to not exceed your limits. Find a wifi hotspot and no worries.

And the best part is it's FREE.

All we ask is that you purchase it through our online store here and not share the direct links. We like to know who is actually using our applications. We will send you the URL that you can simply open with your web browser.

 

 

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Route Planning with MapSource http://backwoodsgpstrails.com/wp3/route-planning-with-mapsource/ Sun, 05 Feb 2012 16:03:01 +0000 http://50.87.248.94/~backwop5/wp3/?p=1957 Read More ...]]>

A major advantage of having a routing trail map installed in MapSource is that custom route planning can be performed on your computers larger screen.  Creating custom routes along snowmobile trails is greatly improved over a non-routing trail map, and many additional useful bits of information can be derived from the map.

For this exercise we will do some planning for a hypothetical trip to the Great North Woods area of Errol and Pittsburg NH.

Routing to Trailer Parking

The first order of business is to pick a starting point, which is usually a place to park the trailer and unload.

Select a highway or topographic map in MapSource. In this example we use the free G&F NH topographic map available on our website.  Use View>Zoom out Region to center the map.

Highway maps and topos often have searchable city indexes which our trail maps do not. We know that Errol is in the northern part of the state, so zoom  and scroll to the northern part of the state. The find nearest places limits the search distance, so to find Errol we want to get close.

Now we can search cities for Errol. (Errol is a City? I guess so. Who would have thunk it?) .  Find-> Nearest Places…

Found it!

Now lets switch maps to the snowmobile trails map. Use the map drop down in the upper left corner and select Backwoods Snowmobile.

Create a universal waypoint (Favorite) to Trailer Parking

One thing we see is a parking place in the heart of the metropolis of Errol. Since it is right on Corridor 18, and there is food and fuel nearby, it's a good place to start our expedition. We will want to use our GPS to drive to the trailer parking lot in Errol, but it is unlikely that particular waypoint (or POI) is on any highway map.  The solution is to create a waypoint (or favorite) that we can reference from any map. Select the parking lot icon, and then right click to create a waypoint.

The waypoint show up in the left pane, If you have a routing automotive map installed in MapSource (which I do not) you can display a route from your current location to the parking lot in Errol. That's one way to plan the driving portion of your snowmobile trip. If you download the parking lot waypoint to your GPS, you have a destination to drive right to the parking lot, calculate your estimated time of arrival and the distance using your GPSs highway map.  But the biggest benefit is that it will take you to the right place. I know for a fact that there are no signs indicating this parking lot. It is behind a snowmobile service business, and you might assume that the trailers are either for sale, or for repair, If you pull into town late in the evening, you will probably not find any locals to ask, since the town rolls up it's streets at about 7:00 pm! This one little waypoint can be worth it's weight in gold.

Ok, so we have a way to get to the trailhead eliminating many of the potential pitfalls of finding a place to park and unload. The next step is to plan the RIDE our sled!

Plan a Route along Snowmobile Trails

The next step is trail route planning. Since we are parking in Errol, the first route point of our trip is the parking lot. Select the routing point tool  and click on the maps parking lot icon. This creates the first routing point on our trip. The Routes Tab will show 1 route and indicate the first point on that route.

Using POIs as points along a Route

Usually you have some idea of where you want to ride, perhaps from discussion in one of the many snowmobile discussion groups on the internet. So you have heard of a few scenic spots along the tails that you would like to visit, but you have no idea of how to get to them. One of the interesting things in Errol is the Buffalo Farm. People talk about it all the time in the discussion groups. Since it is on our trail map, lets make that a destination.  Use Find-> Nearest Places -> All Points of Interest

Click on the icon and hit OK. The Buffalo Farm map point will show up, centered in the map, We could create a waypoint for it, but there is really no need to because we will only be visiting this by sled. That map point is already on the trail map. What we want to do is route to it by snowmobile trail, and make some decisions about whether it is worth going to as our first via point along our ride.

If the routing tool is still selected and the mouse pointer on the screen you will see a line attached to the mouse pointer. This means that if you click someplace on the screen, that point will become the next routing point. If you click on a POI icon such as the Buffalo Farm map point, that point becomes the next point along your planned route. If you click on a trail, that spot along the trail becomes the next routing point. POIs are more easily distinguishable from points along the trails because they have recognizable names such as "Buffalo Farm".

If you on a POI a waypoint will be created as a next routing point. Lets click on the Buffalo Farm and see what happens…

Notice a couple of changes. First, part of the snowmobile trails (C18) turns to a purple color. This indicates that the route has been calculated to run ALONG A SNOWMOBILE TRAIL.! Secondly, the Routes Tab indicates that the total route is now 4.1 miles long.  A non-routing map would only show a straight line between the parking lo and the buffalo farm (as the crow flies) and you would not have a true indication of the distance along trails between the two points. The added value of a routing map begins to become clear.

We can learn more about this simple route. The route listed in the routes tab is active. Double click on it and a detailed window opens.

We note that the route is automatically given a name "Errol to Buffalo Fa" and it consists of two points, the parking lot, and the Buffalo Farm. We can select different colors for the route.

Detailed Route Directions and Turn by Turn instructions

If we click on the Directions Tab, we see more interesting detail.

The directions expands on the via points tab in that it shows each turn along the snowmobile trails. The length of each leg and the distance between each turn is displayed. The directions/Name column displays text for directions for that leg, and reflects to some degree what the spoken turn by turn directions on the GPS will be. Now, we were zoomed in to the Buffalo Farm icon. To get a wider perspective of the whole route, click on the Show on Map button.

Displaying particular points along a Route

Additionally, you can right click on any item in the list and show that particular point on the map. Next we right click on our first turn and Show it on the map.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

Now, by repeating this process we will plan out the rest of our trip. We pick the next point on our route, take a look at the route details to see how far it is to the next point, the trails that will be taken and other interesting facts that we can use to decide if this is a good way to go. In this example, we will pay a visit to the scenic overlook at Dixville Peak. We have a POI for that location on the map so we will find it and select it with our routing tool. That makes our trip total 16.6 miles. There was no backtracking, so lets continue to the next stop. We know that the SDR warming hut is a nice place to make a quick stop for a hot cup of coffee and some lively discussion with other sledders.  That stop makes our trip total 27.7 miles, and still we have not ridden the same trail twice.

Display Route on other Maps

So far so good. It is interesting to note that you can switch maps, and the route is still displayed  over any map you select. This can be very useful to see where your route takes you in the context of a topographic or highway map. That can tell us things like whether we are traversing over any high elevation trails that might have good deep snow. Lets switch to the NH topo map.

A routing map knows the way, a non routing map is just a rough approximation.

Of course you can zoom in very close and view topography, highways, lakes and streams that are not present on the snowmobile map. Now the topo map we selected is not routing. We can right click on the route in the Routes tab and select Recalculate. This will recalculate the route in the non-routing context of the topo map. The result will be a point to point straight line route as you would see with any non-routing map.  The directions are much less detailed, and the total distance is wrongly reduced from 27 miles to 16.5 miles.

Route calculation occurs in the context of the current map

Not to worry. Just switch back to the routing trail map and recalculate. If you had a routing highway map, then you could see how to drive by roads to near the same route points.

Next we will route to the Buck Rub Pub for lunch, and then a quick stop at Young's to top off the gas tanks. Total trip so far about 50 miles. Not bad for a half a days ride. But we should start thinking about returning to Errol. The fastest route home might be a return on the same trails, and in fact that is the case on this trip. It is preferable to make the days ride a loop, and avoid riding the same trails twice,  So lets head over to trail 20 and return by a more easterly route. This time, instead of a particular POI, we will just click at a spot on Corridor Trail 20 as the next leg of our return trip. Note that if a route point is not on a snowmobile trail, it will route you some portion of the way to that point off-road (or in the case of a trail map off-trail) as the crow flies.

Then we will click on C 18, and then finally to the Errol Parking lot. Total miles 93.3. That's not a bad days ride. Lets take a look at the entire trip.

We see a nice loop where we do not do any backtracking except for the ride between the Buck Rub and Young's.  I think that still qualifies as a loop. We got to see a couple of scenic points of interest along the way including the Buffalo Farm and the Wind Towers up on Dixville Peak. Lunch at the Buck Rub, and then a return to the truck. Nice. This is the essence of what trail route planning is all about. A bit of planning can really help you maximize the experience and get the most out of any trip.

Avoiding Lake Crossings

We can view the turn by turn directions, print them out and  pass them along to our non-GPS equipped friends. And we can evaluate every leg of our route with distance between turns and rough estimates of arrival times and such, Similar lists of turn by turn directions are available in your GPS. While we are reviewing these sample directions we notice something. Our route includes travel over lakes and other water bodies.

Now travel over ice on lakes and streams is always a tricky proposition. You really have to be aware of current conditions, the recent weather and other variables to know whether it is safe to traverse the ice. If you are the least bit unsure, avoid it. The consequences can be life threatening. But what do you do if your GPS tells you to cross a lake? Simple, use "navigational avoidances". Avoidances are available in both MapSource and on your GPS.

Our trail map marks all ice crossings as Toll Roads, since there is no specific "Ice Crossing" avoidance.  Since all GPS models have a setting where you can choose to avoid toll roads, simply set that as a navigational preference and recalculate the route. You can do it in MapSource, and you can do it in your GPS.

In  MapSource, select Edit -> Preferences -> Routing – avoid Toll Roads.

Then recalculate the route applying Toll Roads (Ice crossings) avoidances by right clicking on the route and selecting Recalculate Route as below…

Now when we look at the map and the Route details, you will notice that there ARE NO ICE CROSSINGS. The route has changed slightly, and the resulting total mileage is not that much different.

Avoiding ice crossings is especially important in the early and late riding season where the ice may not be safe.

If you happen to be riding and encounter an ice crossing that looks unsafe, or even a closed trail, you can use the Detour button on your GPS. This will cause the GPS to recalculate the current route detouring you around the next leg. Think if it as an instant avoidance.

Avoiding off-trail riding

We have recently begun adding so called "off-trail riding trails" to the map. We define off-trail trails as trails that are unmaintained trails (not groomed nor signed), but which may still be available for snowmobile use. In most cases these will be obvious logging roads in very remote areas. Off-trail riding is very popular and accepted in very remote areas, but off-trail riding in the wrong areas can cause landowners to rescind permission and result in trail closures! The map does not give you permission to ride off-trail.. It merely suggests that it may be possible to ride these trails if you have permission and the right equipment. It is your responsibility to check with local clubs to insure that it is permissible to ride these trails. The right equipment, could mean a long track sled, a snow shovel, the willingness to dig yourself out of deep snow, a riding buddy to help dig you out, and a large budget to repair damage to your sled when you hit hidden rocks or stumps. For some this is the very definition of snowmobiling heaven. For others it is to be avoided like the plague.

To avoid being routed "off-trail" set the navigational avoidance preferences to avoid "Ferry routes"  in either your GPS or MapSource.  Offtrail trails are designated as "Ferry routes" to the GPS, so setting avoiding Ferry's avoids off-trail trails.

Saving your Custom Routes

At this point, if you are satisfied with your route, you might want to change the name to something meaningful, such as "94 mile Errol Loop". You should save it to a file on your computer for later use. You can save it in Garmin format (.gdb) or the more widely accessible (.gpx)  format. OFF-ROAD (non autorouting)  or direct routes are more compact than tracks because they only include the key route via points that you explicitly specify, and not a more extensive list of  points that define a complete snowmobile trail. So if you share a direct route with somebody who does not have a our routing snowmobile map, they may not be able to calculate the route precisely along snowmobile trails, but only between route points "as the crow flies".. If you share the route with a friend that has our routing map, the map itself can be used to calculate the highly detailed route along the snowmobile trails as it did for you.

Downloading and Importing Custom Routes to your GPS

Before your trip, you will want to download your waypoints and custom routes to your GPS. Connect your GPS to your computer using a usb cable, then click on the download button. Check the boxes to download waypoints and routes.

Some GPS models, like  the nuvi 500/550 have restrictions on custom routes. For a custom route to be imported into a nuvi 500 or 550, the route cannot contain more than 200 via points (map points along a route). It's doubtful that you will need more than 200 via points for even the most complex of routes. But, if a route has been calculated ON-ROAD along snowmobile trails by MapSource (or BaseCamp), the resulting .gpx file will contain hundreds of additional points that represent the additional detail of the trail that occurs between the routing points that you created. If you try and download this more complex ON-ROAD (on trail) calculated route to you nuvi 500/550, it will misinterpret these additional map points as vias. In most cases these additional map points will exceed the GPS units 200 point limit for a route and it will not allow the route to be imported. You will get an error message from your GPS that says "Unable to calculate route".

The solution to avoid this problem is to recalculate the route in MapSource as an OFF-ROAD (non-autorouting)  route. To do this change your navigational preferences EDIT-PREFERENCES-ROUTING-USE DIRECT ROUTES.  Then recalculate the route.  This causes MapSource to produce a route that is a simple series of straight lines between the route points you specified. The route will not appear to follow precisely along the trails. This simplified route will not include the detail of the trail turns between route points, and as so is simple enough to be imported by your nuvi. Once this simple route has been loaded into a GPS with a routing trail map, you can command the GPS to recalculate the route ON-ROADS (trails in this case). That will cause the GPS to fill in all of the intermediate map points from information in the map.  All of the detailed nuances of turns that follow precisely along a trail will be shown in the resulting route. You only need to recalculate the route once to get this high level of detail. Your GPS will remember the detailed route even of you power it off.

On some GPS models, such as the nuvi 500/550 it takes more than a download to make routes available to your GPS. After routes have been downloaded to the GPS you must use commands on your GPS to import the route from the file you downloaded. TOOLS–MY DATA-IMPORT ROUTE FROM FILE to enter the route into the list of 10 routes you can access. You can have many more than 10 routes stored on the device, but only 10 in the list at any one time.

Once you have imported the routing file into the custom routes list, it can be accessed by WHERE TO?-CUSTOM ROUTES-route name. You may have to edit and recalculate the route prior to previewing it.  If you are not currently at the starting point of the route, the GPS will ask if you want to navigate to the start of the route.

 

 

 

 

 

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