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Big Sur Trailmap Route Metrics

Calculates along-trail metrics
[distance, net & cumulative up/down elevation gain/loss]
between Start & Finish locations


 (1)  Set Start+Finish locations
using  "via Interactive Trailmap"  or  "via Menu Input"  sections

 (2)  Set "Route Options
using  "ROUTE CREATION"  box

 (3)  Choose:  "Display Route"  or  "Calculate Metrics"  or  "Create GPX File"
using  "ROUTE CREATION" Button  or  Marker (right-click/long-press) Menu

 (4)  for optional Route Alteration,  see  "via Interactive Trailmap"  section

Mobile users:  note that all functionality except "Route Option" selection is available via a long-press on any marker

• Default route is shortest total distance - but individual trail sections can be blocked to alter route
• Usetrails & Camps/Usecamps are not used for intersections unless chosen as a start/finish location or by altering routing options
• Computed route metrics display in separate window
• Routings ignore closed trails/roads (depicted in magenta)

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Start+Finish Selection
via Menu Input

Start Location>  
Start Trail/Road/Camp/Summit/Locale

Start Trailhead/Intersection
(needed only if Start Location is a Trail/Road)

Finish Location  
Finish Trail/Road/Camp/Summit/Locale

Finish Trailhead/Intersection
(needed only if Finish Location is a Trail/Road)


Route Options:
 Include Roads in routes
       (but: if Start/Finish Location includes a Road,
        that Road always included)

 Include Usetrails in routes
       (but: if Start/Finish Location includes a Usetrail,
        that Usetrail always included)

 Include Camps/Usecamps in metrics
       (else mileages not calculated for Camps/
        /Usecamps not at a trail intersection)

 Ignore Trail/Road Closures
       (else closed Trails/Roads bypassed for route)
 For lowest total elevation gain
       (else default route gives shortest total distance)


Route Resets

If unfamiliar with a trail's intersections, use a "TRAILHEAD" (i.e. North/South/East/West end) for the Start or Finish intersection. 
For metrics for reverse of displayed route, simply reverse the elevation UP/DN gain/loss numbers. 
For a loop round-trip, three useful ideas are:
[1]  Use metrics from a "not quite complete loop":  set Start and Finish locations very close together, but not identical, and use "Route Alteration" to eliminate the direct route between them while otherwise matching your desired loop, giving "almost complete" metrics - if you want "complete" metrics, add in the short "missing section" Start-to-Finish metrics.
[2]  Sum metrics from "out" and "return" routes:  first calculate metrics from the trailhead [Start] to the furthest intersection along your loop [Finish], using "Route Alteration" if needed to match the outbound portion of your loop.  - then obtain metrics for the return portion by (after clearing the previous result) keeping the same Start and Finish locations but now using "Route Alteration" to match the return route and mentally swapping the elevation gain/loss values - add these two results together to get the complete loop metrics. 
[3]  Create a loop route link:   combine individual "outbound route" and "return route" links as described in the "For a complex route" section below.
For a complex route (i.e. start=end or with crossings or duplicate sections), a route link can be created by combining individual route links, each individual link having been created using the "ROUTE DISPLAY/METRICS LINK" section above, by utilizing the combine multiple route links into a single link webpage.  The resulting link will display and provide metrics for the complete route.  (But note that for most complex cases, i.e. not meeting the aforementioned criteria, using the Route Alteration method is quicker and easier.)

   Technical Notes:
Calculations use digitized trail location and elevation information, primarily obtained by local GPS tracking.
Mileages are slighly under-estimated, since the digitized data use straight-line segments which omit smaller wiggles.  They are in good agreement with measuring-wheel-obtained distances in the Sierra Club Trail Guide, but are typcially 4-10% smaller than GPS "odometer" mileages (but the latter can include "spidering" around a point while stationary).
Cumulative upward/downward elevation gain/loss ("ftUP" and "ftDN") calculations use smoothed elevation data for better accuracy and are reasonably consistent with barometric GPS data. 
Historic ("lost") trails are not included in these calculations. 

These calculations require many software pieces to interact properly.  If an error occurs, please provide the Start & Finish locations, any options checked, and (if necessary) why the computed route is incorrect to either Jack Glendening at AddressImage or post to the Trailmap Forum.