Talk:Ideas for a new Hiking Map

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based work

Would it be feasible to quickly start a hiking map by duplicating the cycle map, make some adaptions and work from that base? It is very similar. At the moment there is no hiking map at all. The motivation to map hiking routes is very low as they cannot be seen anywhere. --Nop 23:19, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

I would probably myself start from the openpistemap WikiProject_Piste_Maps project instead of the cycle map project, but that's just a thought. Sletuffe 11:32, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Have you spoken to Nick Whitelegg yet? He runs Freemap which will soon become [] Richard B 23:12, 28 December 2008 (UTC)
Now openfootmap seems died. --Stepedro83 23:07, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

gathering man power

This page is a very good idea ! I have a similar project (just for the french alps), but it is more at a stage of a "mind concept". I'm currently lacking material support (online server, great bandwidth, time) while I think I have the required sys admin skills... As ever, those ideas just needs a "just do it" stage. Sletuffe 11:32, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

What about a unified European hiking map? If someone found a server I can ask for the place and the bandwidth at university. --Stepedro83 23:05, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

It already exists ;-) See : Hiking/openhikingmap. But still, as it grows on popularity, I'm lacking a more powerful server, or time to optimize things and rendering is getting later an later behind the osm database. However, it's great to know that you can help on the bandwidth/hosting part, but my main concern is to "find" (read, "find money") a much better server. Since I'm renting the server right now, I'm waiting for memory and CPU prices to lower to afford, for the same price, more power ! sletuffe 08:31, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Wikimedia foundation is dismissing powerful rack servers ( Should sure help our activity. --Stepedro83 14:03, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
I don't think a unified hiking map is really feasible. I believe a hiking map should also show hiking routes. My hiking map is just spanning Germany, Austria and Switzerland and there are already several different marking schemes, organizational patterns and diskussions around hiking routes in that area. There are detailed marks vs. colors only, numbers vs. creative icons, hiking routes vs. way networks. A good hiking map will have to handle regional differences and this might be easier for specialized maps than for a global one. --Nop 09:48, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Sure ! Multi-maps will always be a good thing and the better way to go, what he was asking (I suppose) was, how do we reach an "opencyclemap" like coverage for a large audience. In other terms, which project is close to achieve that and could receive help. sletuffe 09:54, 18 September 2009 (UTC)


Sorry I may be duplicating other suggestions, or missed something.

I frequently use the standard openstreetmap cycle map printed directly from the browser for hiking. It is the only standard OSM layer I can find on my web browser with contours, unless I'm missing something. Every other link I've gone to shows shaded relief, not contours. Only contours are useful, to know actual gradients for hiking. Relief shading is a waste of time.

All I would like to see is the cycling layer with marked cycle routes removed as a layer option, call it anything, e.g. contour map, hiking map or whatever. If anyone knows where I can find this easily, please let me know. Highlit footpaths would be a bonus, but unnecessary.Lkingscott (talk) 07:19, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

Check OpenTopoMap, it's one of the best osm based map for hiking sletuffe (talk) 08:28, 31 May 2018 (UTC)
You may like also tourist layer of (available as a website and an app named maps) - see (from what I remember contours are more visible in app) Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 08:41, 31 May 2018 (UTC)
Many thanks, not bad, but the footpath and track colours are black (standard OSM footpaths are red), so difficult to see as they blend into other features.Lkingscott (talk) 16:22, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

Other suggestions

I would suggest to take also into account sac_scale=*, trail_visibility=* and the upcoming Proposed features/Smoothness Sletuffe


Are they still people working on that project? I'm mapping the paths of my region and it would be very useful to be able to see them on such a map.

I don't know of any major projects besides the ones listed in "map examples" --Nop 13:05, 15 July 2009 (UTC)
I'm still working on my own (the first listed in map examples)
I'am working on integrating ASTER contours and hill-shade background which looks very good. I've also enhanced my styles to represents springs, drinking_water, view points, moutain_pass, and many others. But I still do only cover the alps and a bit more. More to see soon Sletuffe 14:26, 15 July 2009 (UTC)
How do you integrate ASTER data? It appears that the licence is rather problematic. --Nop 14:52, 15 July 2009 (UTC)
It depends on what you are doing with it. As I've read it, commercial use is not possible + you need to have a specific restricted liste of usage for it, a combined map between osm and ASTER result in a map not usable for commercial use which is my case. However, I'll mention that below the map to warn potential users. Sletuffe 17:26, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Yup, it's online again. Next step is to cover all Europe and do something about the freshness of tiles Sletuffe 22:33, 17 July 2009 (UTC)