Tag:route=hiking

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Public-images-osm logo.svg route = hiking
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Description
Hiking Route
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Requires
Useful combination
Status: In use

Tagging walking and hiking Route Networks

A route is a customary or regular line of travel, often pre-determined and publicised. It consist of paths taken repeatedly by various people.

To tag a hiking route you create a relation with the appropriate tags and add all elements (points and ways) of the hiking route to this relation.

See also Relation:route.

Tags of the relation

Key Value Explanation
Recommended
type route This relation represents a route.
route hiking route=foot is used for routes which are walking and/or do not match "hiking" (WP's definition of hiking: "a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails, in the countryside").

Don't use route=pilgrimage (almost non-existent) but add pilgrimage=yes to a hiking-route.

name a name The route is known by this name (e.g., "Westweg")
network iwn

nwn

rwn

lwn

International walking network: long distance paths that cross several countries

National walking network: long distance paths

Regional walking network: used for walking routes that cross regions

Local walking network: used for small local walking routes

Useful
symbol symbol description Describes the symbol that is used to mark the way along the route, e.g., "Red cross on white ground" for the "Frankenweg" in Franconia, Germany
osmc:symbol * (optional) Some renderer uses the osmc:symbol=* to indicate a route on the map.
name:xy localised name where xy is the iso language code
ref a reference The route is known by this reference (e.g. "E1")
operator operator name The route is operated by this authority/company etc. e.g. "Schwarzwaldverein", "Alpenverein"
state proposed / alternate / temporary Sometimes routes may not be permanent or may be in a proposed state.
description a short description What is special about this route
colour a hex triplet (optional) Colour code noted in hex triplet format. Especially useful for public transport routes. Example: "#008080" for teal colour
distance distance (optional) The distance covered by this route, if known. For information of users and automatic evaluation e.g. of completeness. Given including a unit and with a dot for decimals. (e.g. "12.5km")
ascent ascent (optional) The ascent covered by a route in meters. If a route has start and end point at different altitude use descent too
descent descent (optional) The descent covered by a route in meters. Use it only if it differs from the ascent (different altitude at start/endpoint of a route).
roundtrip yes/no (optional) Use roundtrip=no to indicate that a route goes from A to B and instead of being circular (roundtrip=yes).
oneway yes/no (optional) Use oneway=yes to indicate that the route is to be walked in only one direction, according to the signposts on the ground
website * (optional) website that describes the route
wikipedia language:page title (optional) wikipedia page that describes the route

Hiking routes are extensively mapped with route relations, and the Waymarkedtrails map will render route relations following this proposal and the osmc:symbol=*

Hiking routes are rendered for selected areas in Germany in a Hiking and Trail riding map (german). The tags required for rendering are:

  • type=route
  • route=hiking
  • name=* Meaningful route name suitable for identifying this route.
  • symbol=* Verbal description of the route marker symbols.
  • osmc:symbol=* Coded description of the route marker symbols.

Usage

Since the tagging is generic, it is up to each country to decide how to map the hiking networks that exist in their country onto the hierarchy of national/regional/local. For countries with no specific local/regional/national "walking network", it may be helpful to consider whether different trails are managed or funded by government bodies at different levels.

See also Walking Routes.

Hiking trails that cross or touch normal roads should be connected to the road ways on the map. This will allow mixed routing applications to be built on OSM.