[Tagging] track smoothness/quality

brad bradhaack at fastmail.com
Sat Jul 6 23:57:14 UTC 2019

What wiki are you looking at?   At 
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:tracktype,  grade5 says
Almost always an unimproved track lacking hard materials, same as 
surrounding soil. "

What if the surrounding soil is hard materials???
Clearly written by someone that has not seen rocky soil.


On 7/3/19 2:09 AM, Mark Wagner wrote:
> Option 3 won't work.  Locally, tracks come in two basic types:
> 1) A logging road created by a work crew with a bulldozer.  Cut down
> any trees, scrape off any remaining vegetation, level the road
> side-to-side, and call it done.  These roads range in quality from
> "easily passable by a passenger car" to "high-clearance
> four-wheel-drive vehicle required".
> 2) A ranch road created by a truck driving the same route repeatedly
> for years.  These are generally fairly smooth, but the older ones are
> only passable by a high-clearance truck because of the central ridge
> between the tracks.
> According to the wiki, these are uniformly "grade5" ("Almost always an
> unpaved track lacking additional materials, same surface as surrounding
> terrain."), although calling them "soft" is misleading, since the local
> soil produces a rock-hard surface during the summer and fall (and a
> muddy one during spring melt). They're tagged pretty much at random as
> anything from "grade1" to "grade5".

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