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

Phil Wyatt phil at wyatt-family.com
Thu Oct 22 08:36:25 UTC 2020

Personally, as an ex Parks Track Management Officer, I have actively removed unformed, off track tracks from OSM. There are frequently management plans for such areas where active promotion of the “tracks” is discouraged and book authors are also encouraged to not mark the track in their guide books.

It’s about ensuring that such off track opportunities are available in the future and that there is no “invitation”, and to ensure levels of use that prevent major impacts.

Cheers - Phil, 
On the road with his iPad 

> On 21 Oct 2020, at 7:07 pm, 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.
> For one section I tagged 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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