[Tagging] Trailhead tagging

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Tue Jan 1 11:54:34 UTC 2019

At this point, I settle for just requiring that it's a named location
visibly designated as access point for one ore more recreational routes.

So just a node tagged highway=trailhead and name=<Name of the trailhead>.

Which node? Well, if it's just the start with a name on a guidepost, use
the guidepost node. If it's an information board with the name, use that.
If there is a flagpole or a stele or say a statue of the pioneer who walked
it first, use that. If there is none of that, use the location which
presents itself naturally as a starrting point when you get there. If there
is no such location, then it's not a trailhead!

Anything else: optional, map and tag as seems appropriate.

Op ma 31 dec. 2018 om 16:23 schreef Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com

> I think tagging trailheads as nodes would work for the great majority of
> the trailheads I've seen over the years. The first node of a designated
> footway can be tagged as highway=trailhead, a name or other related tagging
> added to that, and other amenities such as parking lots, waste bins,
> toilets and the like can be tagged as nodes, or in some cases, relations.
> Many of the trailheads I've mapped have no other facilities associated with
> them, they are merely the beginning of a designated footway or hiking
> trail. In the definition in the Wiki, one could make it legal for relations
> to be tagged this way in order to accommodate those trailheads that
> encompass a range of amenities along with the trailhead itself.
> Dave
> PS: Happy New Year 2019
> On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 9:52 PM Tobias Wrede <list at tobias-wrede.de> wrote:
>> Hi eveyone,
>> Am 21.12.2018 um 19:55 schrieb Peter Elderson:
>> > Well, in Nederland I'm through, got them all. To initiate a rendering
>> > on osm-carto the usage should increase by some 500+ (now on 1400+). I
>> > need Germany or Italy!
>> While on vacation I have mapped trail heads in the US pretty much the
>> way Kenny has described it. I've never come across the trail head tag so
>> far. In the US trail heads I have encountered were often marked as such
>> having some signpost giving information on length, difficulty,
>> accessibility etc. And often there was a road sign saying "xyz trail
>> head". Often there is a single or very few trails departing there and
>> each trail only has one or two access points that are called a trail
>> head. (disclaimer: I am sure there are other situations but these are
>> the ones I have encountered while on vacation).
>> In Germany, though, the concept of trail head is not so widely used for
>> hiking trails. Very often trails are interconnected forming a mesh and
>> are accessible from various locations. What we rather have are marked
>> parking lots called "Wanderparkplatz", i. e. "hiking parking lot". There
>> is even an official traffic sign:
>> https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Zeichen_317_-_Wandererparkplatz,_StVO_1992.svg.
>> The more fancy ones have a map of the surroundings showing all hiking
>> trails of the area, possibly with length, hiking duration and
>> difficulty. Often there is a waste bin, sometimes a pickinick table,
>> very often it's only a few parking spots off the road crossing a forest.
>> These hiking parking lots are very often not dedicated to a certain
>> trail, though. Often you find them in places where there are footways
>> but no marked or named hiking trails at all.
>> As far as I see we don't currently designate these hiking parking lots
>> as such. They are just amenity parking connected to some paths/hiking
>> routes plus possibly having an information board mapped. I wouldn't be
>> opposed somehow tagging the Wanderparkplatz designation, not sure a
>> highway-tag would be right with the amenity, though.
>> Having this said there are of course also some trail heads in Germany
>> that more fit to what I described for the US or what you might have in
>> the Netherlands. But they are the minority here I would say.
>> all the best for the new Year
>> Tobias
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