As I hike, my gps automatically creates GPX files. Some of the trails I'm hiking don't appear on the map. So I'd like to add them.

However, I can't find a good guide as to how to add the hiking trail to the map, starting with a GPX file. Is there such a guide?

What I'd like to have is a step by step guide starting with the GPX file, importing it to the map, adding any necessary tags for the new trail, and what tags and settings should be used. Basically I'm looking for a combination "how-to" guide and a "best practices" document.

Does any such thing exist?

(I'm looking for the standards in the United States. I understand that standards are different in other counties.)

Thanks in advance for your help.

asked 06 Nov, 22:09

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I've been through this, but don't have it down pat.

Basically upload the gpx track and then trace over it. I've lately used the in browser app. I do this about once a year. Like many graphics apps, it's not easy to figure out how to add points or continue a line.

The annotations show up on the left side of the page.

A very incomplete answer, but I know my first inclination was to add the gpx and this method wasn't favored by the community.

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answered 06 Nov, 22:36

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My solution is to go to wherever you have your gpx, download it to your computer, open OpenStreetMap with the editor open, and then drag the gpx file into the editor. This will make the trace appear as a pink line in the background that can be traced over to add new trails, also known as "paths" in OpenStreetMap. Good luck!

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answered 06 Nov, 23:53

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Both answers so far already hint it: best practice is not to convert the GPX track directly into a OSM feature but to only use it as a background to draw a new object in OSM. That way you have the chance to use your track, tracks uploaded by others, background aerial images and already existing OSM objects to approximate the best course of the new path.

(07 Nov, 07:58) TZorn

First of all, you don't want to import the GPS trace as-is. GPS isn't accurate enough. Consider this set of traces from my hiking: most of the trails are less than a meter wide, yet it's common for multiple traces to disagree with each other by ten to twenty meters. In particular, note the switchbacks in the center of the image: there are five traces there, and not one of them follows the actual route of the trail.

The best way to map a trail from a GPS trace is to use it as a background while drawing the trail. Open the GPX file in the editor (in iD, you do this through the "Custom Map Data" section of the "Map Data" tab; in JOSM, you open the GPX file using "File"->"Open"). Pick the best-aligned imagery in the area (the GPS trace may be helpful for this), and draw the trail on the map using a combination of the imagery, the GPS trace, and your memory of the hike. Then add appropriate tags and upload the result.

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answered 07 Nov, 08:14

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Here's a similar question i asked, i'm sure you will find the answers useful https://help.openstreetmap.org/questions/34347/i-want-to-add-a-new-long-distance-hiking-route-to-the-map the above covers a way marked trail, but for adding an unmapped trail watch some of the utube videos, internet search. "Adding trails to OpenStreetMap (OSM) using GPS ... - YouTube" they can be quite a good way to learn OSM.

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