[Tagging] Hiking tracks as POIs in Brazil

Fernando Trebien fernando.trebien at gmail.com
Fri Aug 9 13:43:46 UTC 2013

If hiking trails are foot route relations, then perhaps "trailhead"
(or more generically "head") could be a role in the relation marking
where it starts.

I think trailhead=yes would work in a node to which you could assign a
"name" tag for the trail. (This is similar to how I've tagged named
entrances to large buildings such as large malls, not sure if it is
totally correct.) As for an area, one could be forced to name it (say,
a parking lot) according to something else (the name of the parking
lot), not the trail's name.

A trailhead looks like some sort of "entrance" to me. While the
"entrance" tag is specific to buildings, other kinds of entrances or
exits (cave entrances, motorway junctions, gates) always use a tag
that refers to the kind of element they give access to (nature=,
highway=, barrier=). One could use perhaps "leisure=trailhead" or
"sport=trailhead" (depending on what you think hiking is, a leisure
activity or a sport activity, the English Wikipedia suggests its
closer to a sport). "Sport" seems more appropriate for various kinds
of trails (such as cycling).

Should I move this discussion to the talk-nps list?

On Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM, Greg Troxel <gdt at ir.bbn.com> wrote:
> Andrew Errington <erringtona at gmail.com> writes:
>> I suppose it could be done programmatically.  It is clear which node
>> is the first one, so it could be rendered differently, with extra
>> detail extracted from the tags on the  track itself.  However,
>> explicit is better than implicit, so I'd like to see something for
>> this.
> I also think that a trailhead tag is needed.
> I don't believe that implicitly determining trailheads will work.  A
> trailhead is more than where a trail crosses a road; it's a
> significant place to access a trail in the eyes of the hiking community,
> typically (but not always) with parking and typically (but not always!)
> a sign of some sort.
> Something as simple as trailhead=yes could be useful, placed on either
> an area way around parking, sign, and beginnings of trails, or on a node
> of a trail (that's not a node of a highway).  A place with parking and 2
> trails should have only one trailhead object.
> Or maybe trailhead doesn't need to be connected to the hiking ways, and
> it can just be a point in the general area one would stand in to follow
> the instructions "meet me at the trailhead".
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