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

Andrew Harvey andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 11:32:19 UTC 2020

Plus on the existing mapped path you can add informal=yes
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:informal to say it's not a formal

On Wed, 21 Oct 2020 at 22:11, Andrew Harvey <andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com>

> 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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