Spruce Creek Trail Survey: 04-22-2017 - Apr 22, 2017|
"There is zero chance I would have been able to stay on the trail if not for a map printed from bigsurtrailmap.net. I'd have lost the trail in the meadows and not followed the sharp left before Turkey Sprs. But if you know where the trail is supposed to be, you can find it."
The Californist: The Big Sur - A Comprehensive Guide - June 2016|
"The true authority on Big Sur hikes is BigSurTrailmap.net ..."
VWA Trail Report: Cone Peak Trail - Feb 13, 2016|
"I could not find the trail from the summit that was supposed to lead directly to Cone Peak Campground that was on my map from CalTopo.com, so I ended up having to stay the night at the junction of Cone Peak Road and Cone Peak Trail. That trail was not on the BigSurTrailmap.net map, so for those planning a trip around here its safer to rely solely on this map."
VWA Forum: Hiking for 8 days in Big Sur: seeking areas of concern/advice - Dec 31, 2015|
"Lastly, I'd recommend a GPS. Some of the overgrown areas are hard to navigate because the trail will simply vanish. With Jack's GPS map loaded you can at least follow the lines and get close enough to continue moving forward. Those maps on my Garmin have saved me more than once. Before the Garmin I spent way too much time wandering around looking for tread or any hint of a trail or pushing through a section in the most inefficient way possible. That is pretty painful. VWA does a great job keeping trails clear, but they do disappear quick as you get further away from trailheads."
Santa Cruz Hardcore Hikers: Lost Valley Backpack - May 2-4, 2015|
Eric: "... I learned some great lessons on this trip. (1) From here on forward I will be bringing a GPS with Dr Jack's tracks loaded on it and having it readily accessible to refer to. For those that didn't go I ended up getting behind and having lost the trail and bush whacked down the last stretch down to the Lost Valley. ..."
Rich: "good advice. the lost valley connector was tough to follow at times. ..."
Tom N: "Yes Jacks maps! I led us off the lost valley connector trail because I didn't have them ..."
Rich: "everyone should have Jacks maps loaded on the Gaia app on their smart phone. I make every effort possible to regroup but if someone is far behind and loses the trail its good to know how to get back on track."
Pete's Backcountry Adventures: Carmel River Trail - February 15-16, 2015|
"Lesson learned: ... don't always trust the base map for gps or the even paper map. Both show the trail in a different place than it was. They both also showed several river crossings that were inaccurate. After getting home, I downloaded the Big Sur-specific [bigsurtrailmap.net] base map for Basecamp that proved to be much more accurate than any of the maps I had, both paper and digital ..."
VWA Trail Report: Mt. Manuel Trail - January 25, 2015|
"It was hot and my dog and I needed water so I decided to venture off trail and look for the Golden Stairs Spring. Found it and it was running very well with cool, refreshing, great tasting water. What a god send! Thanks Jack for putting that on the maps. No possible way to know it was there otherwise. GPS coordinates were spot on!"
Backpacking Light: Cone Peak Loop - January 2-4, 2015|
"Thanks to Jack Glendening for putting together an excellent online map Big Sur Trail Map of the Big Sur area with printing capabilities. We took a chance and decided to head back down Cone Peak about .75mi to pick up a use trail over to Twin Peak, bypassing the Gamboa trail. The beginning of the use trail was not obvious, but we left the trail right where Mr. Glendening's map shows to and the use trail became clear about 15 yards in."
VWA Trail Report: Big Pines Camp - February 22, 2013|
"There is a marker showing the junction to Big Pines Camp, but I never would have found the camp itself without Jack's Big Sur Trail Map and a GPS ... The trail down to the camp quickly disappeared but the GPS got me to the area of the camp. I was standing about five feet away from the camp's fire grate but it was so overgrown it may as well have been invisible until I looked down and spotted it. Big Pines is becoming a lost camp."