[Tagging] Trailhead tagging

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Fri Dec 21 14:46:31 UTC 2018

I have tagged a few trailheads in Alaska using the tag highway=trailhead on
a node followed by a tag for its name. I was under the impression that the
tag was well-known and not in some sort of limbo. Other trailhead features
if present, e.g., information boards or maps, I generally map separately.

On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 9:36 PM Peter Elderson <pelderson at gmail.com> wrote:

> Designated starting point for multiple routes into a nature area.  There
> is a designed marking pole or stele, information boards, seats or benches,
> free parking space nearby. This one is in a small village:
> https://www.google.nl/maps/@52.4336993,6.834158,3a,75y,191.07h,84.64t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sby0P5NTeyqR3fyrgDNqCOA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=nl
> Here is another one, with emphasis on Parking. On the left behind the
> parking is the actual access point to the trails.
> https://www.google.nl/maps/@51.6284198,5.0889629,3a,76.4y,32.53h,96.56t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sy3HdYWJ2zZ1rw1ozqJyrXw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=nl
> The operators are governmental bodies. They publish the lists on
> recreation websites. Each province has its own list. VVV of course
> lists/presents them as well.
> These points are designed for trail access.
> Op vr 21 dec. 2018 om 14:31 schreef Andy Townsend <ajt1047 at gmail.com>:
>> Can you give a few examples of what trailheads are to you?  There's a
>> clearly defined American concept, it isn't not really used much in British
>> English.  Also what do you mean by "official" below - is there some kind of
>> VVV list or similar?
>> Best Regards,
>> Andy
>> On 21/12/2018 11:54, Peter Elderson wrote:
>> I would like to revive the trailhead proposal,
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/trailhead
>> After discussions in the Dutch user community, a list of all Dutch
>> trailheads was compiled and systematically entered as nodes tagged
>> highway=trailhead, name=<official trailhead name>, tourism=information,
>> information=board or map. Many trailheads were already present in OSM,
>> there we just did some additional tagging.
>> In the US, trailheads are all maintained on OSM by a national operator.
>> Japan has lots of trailheads, I don't know how they are maintained. In
>> Europe, no systematical OSM-tagging appears to take place, except for the
>> Dutch base.
>> I think it deserves a push.
>> Any thoughts on the matter?
>> --
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Dave Swarthout
Homer, Alaska
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Travel Blog at http://dswarthout.blogspot.com
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