Mapping utilities and more

Installing Chrome extensions

- desktop browser only, not supported on mobile Note: Every time you open Chrome it may warn you about Developer Mode, just click × to keep extensions enabled.

 

Download trails in GPX/geoJson format from NaturalAtlas.com
NaturalAtlas has digitized 70,000+ forest trails on their USA map. This extension allows you to easily download any of them.

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Usage

Open new tab in Chrome and hit key F12
  → in DevTools pane select tab 'Natlas' (if not seen, click button » )
  → click 'Go to map' on the very top, map page will open
  → select trails on map → 'Tracks selected' counter will update
  → download GPX or geoJson files from the links.
Press button 'Clear' to start a new selection.

 

How to view track files

Use some online viewers like these two - geoJson and GPX. Both have a 'Load Data' feature to upload local files.
Or upload GPX files into your mobile mapping application, like Gaia. And happy hiking!

 

  Download files from Zippyshare.com
Zippyshare.com is a great resource for file download, but webpages are set as minefields. One has to endure an avalanche of advertising. The present extension provides an easy interface to play/pause MP3 files or download any file.

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Usage

Open new tab in Chrome
  → click on the extension icon
  → in the popup, press button Search
  → type a search keyword, choose a link to open its page
  → press Play/Pause or Download

 
keywords: GPS, GPX, geojson, KML, maps, locations, coordinates, trails, tracks, hiking, mountain biking, orientation, offline maps, navigation, garmin, latitude, longitude, waypoint

 

 

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