|route = foot|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: in use|
|Tools for this tag|
Tagging walking and hiking Route Networks
Foot and hiking routes are named or numbered or otherwise signed walking routes. A route is a customary or regular line of travel, often pre-determined and publicised. It consist of paths taken repeatedly by various people. A foot route is generally a shorter, easier route, a hiking route is generally longer and/or more strenuous.
To tag a walking 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
|type||route||This relation represents a route.|
|route||foot||route=hiking is used for routes which are longer or more strenuous (WP's definition of hiking: "a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails, in the countryside").|
|network||rwn||Regional walking network: used for walking routes that cross regions
Local walking network: used for small local walking routes
|name||a name||The route is known by this name (e.g., "Westweg")|
|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. "12.5")|
|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|
Walking routes are rendered for selected areas in Germany in a Hiking and Trail riding map (german). The tags required for rendering are:
- 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.
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.
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.