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The best MTB and Hiking Maps

 

Welcome to Openmtbmap.org - Get the most popular maps for mountainbiking worldwide! Over 4000 users daily come here to get informed Get maps that guide you over the best trails, instead of getting lost. So here is why you should trust Openmtbmaps:

 

  • 6 Different layouts: Five high contrast layouts optimized for the different Garmin GPS (.e.g different layout for hiking than for mtbiking or for cycling). One layout for Desktop use. See the Map legend or screenshots (desktop) or screenshots (GPS)

  • Type of Way/Street? Clear differentiation between all street types. The maps display info out of the eyes of a biker / hiker. E.g. downhill arrows for steep singletracks

  • MTB & Hiking & Cycle relevant information like drinking water, alpine huts, guideposts,… Routes shown prominently besides (not instead of) the streets differentiated by colour for type and based on importance

  • Contourlines integrated nearly worldwide based on the excellent viewfinderpanoramas.org data. Much higher quality in mountainous regions than the generally used void filled SRTM3".

  • Participate?  Map Incomplete or wrong? You can participate and add missing to OSM. I update the maps weekly, so every week the maps become better and more complete! Join over 300.000 mappers worldwide to add ways or fix data yourself.

  • Good Documentation because everything you want and need to know for using the maps is found on Openmtbmap.org. Get Started and download the maps

  • Velomap: If you're mainly cycling on-road or use your race bicycle, then I offer the similar VeloMap. The VeloMap has a focus on cycle friendly roads and cycle ways / cycle routes. As it shows less detail, it is quicker to understand.

  

 

Who can use the openmtbmap?

The maps offered here are of course, currently primarily used by Garmin GPS users and mountain bikers in general, but you don't need to have a Garmin GPS to use them. Qlandkarte GT an opensource and freely available Map Viewer can display them in all their pride, and also if not owning a Garmin GPS or buying maps from Garmin you can install Garmin Mapsource to your computer and enjoy autorouting like you have not enjoyed before. Besides third party progs like Glopus or Garmin Mobile XT can be used to display the openmtbmaps on your PDA or phone.

 

About openmtbmap.org

I started working on OSM because I saw the chance that for the first time in history there could be maps by mtbikers for mtbikers. However there was not yet any structure to classify ways so I developed the mtb:scale as well as many other attribute keys for OSM. But hardly anyone used them, so I started to create maps that showed the tags, and after a few month put up openmtbmap.org to make the maps available for everyone to download.

Currently around 2000-5000 unique visitors enjoy openmtbmap.org every day (as measured with Google Analytics).

Openstreetmap gives us the ability to really create mtb focused maps – like no other map provider has ever done. Therefore I call on you – to get engaged and start participating like over 300.000 people worldwide already do!

  

 

 

Finally some Open MTB Map News again ….

 

Well I must say, I'm sorry but I have been really lazy about posting news of the maps. I always thought – let's implement this feature – then post a big long news article – and well I never got to do that…

 

So let's split it up into several news posts summarizing the changes over the last year.. Lets start with a list of added Countries and continent maps over the last 14 months:

New Countries where you can get your favorite Garmin maps to Mountainbike…


Antarctica  – well there is not much coverage in OSM here – but it was the last missing continent. Of course with contourlines

and Greenland.

 

Asia – contourlines are now integrated into the installer. Otherwise there is a lot of new Asian countries which I recommend instead because it's a huge download (especially the contourlines at around 9GB)..

 

French Dom Tom:

  • Guadeloupe
  • Guyane
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Reunion

 

in Africa: Cameroon, Sierra-leone

 

in Asia: Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Russia-asian-part, Sri-lanka, Syria, Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Russia-asian-part, Sri-lanka, Syria


in  Australia-oceania: Fiji

 

 

Other Big Changes Part 1 – Internationalization and Unicode:

Since about 1 months all maps of countries that are not by default using latin script – are in Unicode. This means that a map can have e.g. both cyrillic script and latin script. Before often in such countries there were many characters showing as "?" Questionmark or just a box. After doing a lot of work on this – I have now the maps if available in OSM bilingual. If you search for a city – you can search by the english name, or by the local name. Only in the address search you will need to use the local name for searching an address. In general if an english (or sometimes French, German, Durch, Spanish, Italian, Danish) name is available in OSM database – then the name will be: English name (local name). E.g. Běijīng (北 京市). In countries where I assume translation is not necessary (e.g. European countries using latin script) – only cities are translated as a second point. So you can search for Munich as well as for München in the city search. For address search of your you need the local name – so use München.

I hope that in future I can have all maps in non latin script using countries also transliterated  like international name, if no international name avalaible then transliterated (local name).


There is one catch however – old GPS units – like Vista HCx or GPSMaps 60 series – cannot show unicode maps properly. They will only show the international names if available. That's why I hope especially to get a transliteration in any case at least for city names (let's see about street names) in the coming months. But currently this is not possible.

 

More updates of what has changed, in the next few days…


11. May Map Updates – New Overview Map

Well finally after many years of empty overview maps, since a few weeks (as written in my last posts) mkgmap was able to write simple overviewmaps. So much faster zooming/panning when zoomed out fast in Mapsource, Basecamp, QLandkarteGT. From todays map update onwards, the overview map now has several layers. This makes the orientation when zoomed out far, still a lot better.

 

Therefore I also update the Europe map again, because on large area maps, this is even more important. However not only is it faster now on the desktop – but also on the GPS the basemap will become visible earlier, making zooming out work much faster (before I always had to compromise between speed on GPS, vs speed on Desktop, not anymore). Therefore however again I had to add some types to the .typ-file (0x11f04, 0x11f05, 0x10f0a).

 

Besides the work on the overview map, I will start to work on a worldwide basemap. The problem is that currently some Garmin GPS come with a routeable basemap, in some cases this destructs the routing of detailed maps, like openmtbmaps and velomaps. I will try to create a good basemap, that can go in combination with velomaps/openmtbmap showing the most important map features there are (rivers, lakes, sea, huge cities, borders, motorways, maybe some major railways…).

 

Fixed bug that Ireland and Northern Ireland was not updated over the last 3 weeks.

Further changes:

add bridge=culvert and bridge=boardwalk.

fix some more bugs related to autorouting in velomap/openmtbmap

and some more little bugfixes…

 

the new overview map at 150km zoomed out, Detail level High. Very fast…

Overview Map Germany, 150km, Zoomlevel High