|route = hiking|
|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 foot or hiking route you create a relation with the appropriate tags and add all different ways of the foot/hiking route to this relation. The order of the ways matters. Please see Relation:route#Order matters
Tags of the relation
|type=*||route||This relation represents a route.|
|route=*||hiking||route=foot is used for routes which are walkable without any limitations regarding fitness, equipment or weather conditions. As a guideline, you could say that walking shoes (at a pinch, even flip-flops) are adequate for this type of walking trail.
route=hiking is used for routes that rather match Wikipedia's definition: "A long, vigorous walk, usually on trails, in the countryside"). As a guideline, you could say that a hiking trail needs hiking boots because you will encounter sharp rocks and/or heavy undergrowth and/or muddy terrain and/or have to wade through shallow streams.
Don't use route=pilgrimage (almost non-existent). Instead, add pilgrimage=yes to a hiking-route.
|network=*||iwn||International walking network: long distance paths that cross several countries
National walking network: used for walking routes that are nationally significant and long distance paths
Regional walking network: used for walking routes that cross regions and are regionally significant
Local walking network: used for small local walking routes
|Useful and tags. These tags are not at all required, but can provided additional and valuable information|
|ascent=*||ascent||The ascent covered by a route in meters. If a route has start and end point at different altitude use descent too|
|colour=*||a hex triplet||The major colour of the symbol used on the route. Colour code noted in hex triplet format or as CSS/HTML colour name. Example: "#008080" for teal colour in hex triplet, or simply "teal" as a css colour name.|
|descent=*||descent||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).|
|description=*||a short description||What is special about this route|
|distance=*||distance||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 km)|
|educational=*||yes/no||When the route is Educational trail|
|name=*||a name||The route is known by this name (e.g., "Westweg")|
|name:code=*||localised name||For adding localized names in different languages, add additional name:code=* tags with a suffix on the name key, where code is a language's ISO code.|
|operator=*||operator name||The route is operated by this authority/company etc. e.g. "Schwarzwaldverein", "Alpenverein"|
|osmc:symbol=*||*||Represents the symbol used on the route. Some renderers uses the osmc:symbol=* to indicate a route on the map.|
|ref=*||a reference||The route is known by this reference (e.g. "E1")|
|roundtrip=*||yes/no||Use roundtrip=no to indicate that a route goes from A to B and instead of being circular (roundtrip=yes).|
|signed_direction=*||yes/no||Use signed_direction=yes to indicate that the route is to be walked in only one direction, according to the signposts on the ground. The ways within the relation should be ordered, as they are used to determine the direction of the signposts.|
|state=*||alternate||Sometimes routes may not be permanent or may be in a proposed state. See also the life cycle tags for this usage.|
|symbol=*||symbol description||Describes the symbol that is used to mark the way along the route, e.g., "Red cross on white background" for the "Frankenweg" in Franconia, Germany|
|website=*||*||Website that describes the route|
|wikipedia=*||language:page title||Wikipedia page that describes the route|
(the above table is a template, you can edit it directly via this link)
Hiking 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.
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.
- It's preferred not to use oneway=yes anymore, as it could cause confusion with oneway=* as a legal restriction. See discussion on tagging mailinglist.