Online

  • 1. Using IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, etc browser, navigate to one of my map pages
  • 2. Left click along one of the trails to lay down markers (see example below)
  • 3. If your browser is compatable, you will see an elevation graph appear at the bottum
  • 4. Not as nice as Google Earth elevation plot, but all you need is a current browser
  • 5. Check out my main page for more wilderness maps
  • Follow the directions above to generate elevation graphs. Below is a sample picture and details on the controlls for the online graphing tool. You can also visit the main page for a tutorial on using the online graphs.

    Map Control Summary:
  • RED BUTTONS require an account to access
  • Directions
                 -Left click on a marker to get directions it from a location
  • Elevation Graph
                 -Once two or more markers are placed, an elevation plot will be displayed for the marker path
                 -Run cursor over the graph to get the distance/elevation for that point (hiker icon will display on map)
                 -Left click and drag on graph to zoom in on specific area
                 -Double left click on graph to zoom back out
                 -Press the "Clear" button to clear graph and all markers
                 -Press the "Slope/Elevation" buttons to toggle display between slope/elevation graphs for marker path
  • Maps
                 -Click on the buttons in the top right corner to dispaly various graph types (topo, satellite, etc)
  • Markers
                 -Left click to set marker
                 -Left click and drag on a marker to move it
                 -Double left click on marker to delete it
                 -Placing more than one marker will generate an elevation profile between markers
                 -Left click on marker and fill in your start address to get directions to the marker location
  • Moving
                 -Hold the left key and drag the direction you want the map to move
  • Pictures
                 -Click the "Pictures" button to toggle Panoramio picture data on map
                 -Click on Picture icon to get a larger view
  • POI Buttons
                 -If the POI button is read, you need an account to access this information
                 -Click on the various POI buttons to display points of interest (falls, cliffs, cemeteries, caves, etc)
                 -Click on POI icon to get more details
  • Trails
                 -Click the "Trails" button to toggle trails on/off on the map (blue lines)
                 -The orange area is the wilderness boundary
  • Trails Info
                 -Click the "Trails Info" button to make trails clickable. Clicking the blue trail now gives you more info
  • Zooming
                 -Hold shift key and drag mouse with left button zoom, this can do multiple zoom levels at once
                 -Use the scroll wheel to zoon in/out
                 -Double left click on an area to go to the next zoom level, center on where you double clicked
  • Elevation Profiles via Google Earth

    Elevation profiles first became available in Google Earth version 5.2 (and possibly 5.1). Prior to this you had to do the plots manually or via software/GPS functionality. GPS'es work great while you're on the trail, but what if you're trying to plan ahead for a trip? Wha-la, elevation profiles.

    Overlays Summary

  • 1. Download and install Google Earth 5.2 or greater
  • 2. (Optional) Download Mt Washinton wilderness topo map overlay
  • 3. Create a path in Google Earth via the "Add->Path" menu at the top
  • 4. Right Click on Path object, and select "Show Elevation Profile"
  • For this example I will have you download a topo map overlay (so you have a real trail you can create a path from and then generate the elevation profile) Regular maping sites don't have the wilderness trails marked, so I've started creating topo map overlays from real maps I've bought and will make them available. You can also import these topo overlays into some GPS units, I can do a demo on that later.

    First search for/download and install Google Earth 5.2+.

    Second, get the topo map overlay (you can skip to step three if you want). we will use the Mt Washington wilderness topo map, overlayed on Google Earth satellite data, to make a path (route) we might want to take. Since you've already installed Google earth, run it and then download my Mt. Washinton topo map overlay. Now double click on or drap and drop it into the Google Earth "Places" window. Google Earth should automatically zoom into the map area, but if it doesn't just double click on the "Mt Washinton Wilderness" object in your "Temporary Places".

  • If you right click on "Mt Washinton Wilderness" object it will bring up the properties window. In this window you will see a slider bar that allow you to adjust the opaquity of the overlay. Play with this to get the desired mixture of satellie vs. topo map blending.
  • You should see a topo map overlay of the Mt Washingon wilderness area like below (click on images for larger views):

    Third, we create a path. Find "Kuitan Lake" and zoom in on it. Go to the "Add->Path" menu system and create a path along a trail (or cross country if you're brave) or download my example path.

    Fourth, we create an elevation plot. Right click on your path or the "Marcus Lake #1.kmz" and select "Show Elevation Profile", and Wha-la!. You should see something like below:

  • You can also import your tracks (paths) from your GPS and do elevation and speed profiles.
  • Search Google for more info on elevation profiles
  • Try dragging your mouse cursor along the profile graph to see it follow your path on the map, get detailed stats, etc.
  • Zoom/Enlarge the elevation profile by moving the mouse over the top edge of the graph border, clicking and dragging up.
  • Garmin Basecamp Summary

  • 1. Download and install Google Earth 5.2 or greater
  • 2. Download and install Garmin Basecamp 3.1.2 or greater
  • 3. Create a route in Basecamp via the File->New->Route or the toolbar
  • 4. You can view elevation profiles via Garmin or Google Earth.
  • 5. For Garmin, click on the route then at the bottum window click on the "Elevation" tab.
  • 6. For Google Earth, select via View->Selected Items in Google Earth
            If you have 24k maps, trails are also routable in Basecamp,
            otherwise you might need to use my overlays method
  • Open Garmin Basecamp and create a route via the shortcut icon or tools->route and selecting two points on the map. For Basecamp elevation profiles, left click on the route in the bottum left frame. Then go to the bottom middle frame and select the "Elevation Profile" tab.

    To view the Basecamp route elevation profile in Google Earth, first select the route in Basecamp's bottom left frame. Then go to Basecamp's menu View->"View in Google Earth" and select "My selection".

    You should see the route appear in Google Earth like below. Right click on the path, and selection "Show Elevation Profile", and wha-la! These are about the easiest way to generate elevation profiles I know of. See the Google Earth options above for more details on Earth profiles and options.