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Part of a classification scheme for hiking trails, but can be used for any type of paths.
Group: Properties
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
See also
Status: ApprovedPage for proposal


This is part of a classification scheme for hiking trails.

This key describes attributes regarding trail visibility (not route visibility) and orientation.

It is based on the classification of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) (german). See sac_scale=* for the attributes regarding difficulty.

Applies to


and its shortcuts

highway=footway highway=cycleway highway=bridleway


Tag Trail Requirements Example
trail_visibility=excellent Unambiguous path or markers everywhere None, orientation unproblematic, no map required
trail_visibility=good Next marker always visible, but sometimes has to be searched for. Basic sense of direction, map recommended
trail_visibility=intermediate Track mostly visible Good sense of direction, map required
trail_visibility=bad Path sometimes invisible, route partly pathless Basic skills in orientation
trail_visibility=horrible Often pathless Advanced orientational skills
trail_visibility=no Mostly pathless Excellent orientational skills


Based on the guidelines of Verifiability some people find this tag lacking of verifiablity. Please have a look at the discussion page at Talk:Proposed_features/Hiking and make up your own mind. As always on OSM you are free to use the keys you like in the way you like! You can use the talk page for suggesting improvement.

See Also

Approved features/Hiking