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Ladder as safety measure in hiking paths Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
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may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

On many hiking trails through mountainous areas, dangerous or difficult sections are secured by technical means like steel cables, fixed ropes, ladders, or rungs. This tag indicates the presence of ladder.

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See also: Safety measures on hiking trails

Use ladder=yes for parts of hiking trails with a ladder. It was suggested to use the length in meters instead of yes as a value, for example ladder=13, however it is also possible to tag this with height=* or length=*, which are more standard tags.

This tag is added to an existing highway=path. Short sections can be tagged as node node, longer sections as way way.

This was originally invented for hiking trails, but can be also used in combination with highway=via_ferrata.

Main Tag

Key Value Element Description Example
ladder yes way node A ladder Thumb

Whole Path

If you don't want to split a longer highway=path into several segments to tag their particular safety measures you can add the following tag to the whole highway=path:

Key Value Element Description
assisted_trail yes way Way segment with various safety measures

See also