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Adirondack Lean-to.jpg
A lean-to is a shed with typically three walls located in the countryside intended for camping. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
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Status: de facto


A  lean-to is a shed with typically three walls located in the countryside intended for camping.

Required properties :

  • Rough shelter with typically three walls found in the countryside
  • The access is usually restricted to foot, mountain bike or ski.
  • Free rent, open to the public
  • Not fully closed, at least one open wall
  • No fireplace inside

Additional properties:

  • Please add building:material=* if it has a floor or building:floor=no if no floor.
  • Normally shelters are made of wood.
  • Optional owner access through restricted tracks might still be possible.

How to map

Other useful generic tags
  • ele=* elevation
  • name=* name
  • capacity=* sleeping capacity
  • description=* fill more information with text
  • operator=* typically used to indicate huts owned or maintained by a specific organisation. E.g. administration of forest or national parks.

When hiking people need water. Consider making sure that all streams, rivers and lakes near the shelter are also mapped.



See Proposed_features/wilderness_mountain_buildings#Rendering.

See also