[talk-au] Mapping "off track" hiking routes

Andrew Harvey andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 11:11:45 UTC 2020

Generally I'd just leave a gap in the highway=footway/path where it
starts/ends, but others might add a path here "tagging for the router" so
that routing works, but if that's done it must have trail_visibility=no (
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:trail_visibility) which says it's a
pathless path.

However looking at
https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/813749214#map=14/-35.7301/148.5665 it
does look like there is a path already mapped there, so perhaps we need a
better way to say the signage says don't use the existing track, instead go
off track and find your own way, but hard to do when there is a worn path
already though.

On Wed, 21 Oct 2020 at 19:07, Brendan Barnes <brenbarnes at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Hoping for some advice please. There's a few sections of the Australian
> Alps Walking Track official route that are specifically "off track", that
> is, there is no formal hiking path and hikers are requested by the National
> Parks signage at both ends of these wilderness sections to navigate from a
> compass bearing or visible landmark, till the track resumes at the other
> side.
> I haven't been able to find a standard for "hiking routes" on OSM or the
> Aussie tagging guidelines <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/813749214>.
> For one section I tagged Way 813749214
> <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/813749214> as route=hiking and nothing
> else so far, and made it part of the AAWT relation.
> Is there a better way to map "off track" hiking routes? Or are there other
> examples of where this occurs?
> Thanks,
> ..Brendan
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