[Tagging] Trailhead tagging

Mark Wagner mark+osm at carnildo.com
Thu Jan 3 08:22:00 UTC 2019

On Wed, 2 Jan 2019 20:57:04 +0100
Peter Elderson <pelderson at gmail.com> wrote:

> Copying from an earlier response: 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.

There's a definite disconnect in definitions here.

Looking at "Nationaal Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen", there are
nearly a dozen places that that I would probably call trailheads:


only two of which appear to be designated as such.  I also found
about as many locations where I'd expect to find a trailhead, informal
or otherwise.

Compare to the main section of Riverside State Park, a park in the
western United States of comparable size and urban-ness, with nine named
trailheads and about a dozen unnamed ones:

None of them meets the Netherlands definition of a trailhead.   Sontag
Park trailhead probably comes the closest, lacking only a marking
pole/stele.  The rest are paid parking, and most of them lack benches
and information boards as well as markers.

(Incidentally, if you insist on "starting point" rather than "access
point", only two of them are trailheads: Nine Mile, the starting point
for the Spokane Centennial Trail, and the equestrian-area trailhead,
starting point for 25-Mile Trail.)


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