[cdt-l] CDT & Google Earth
jolson at olc.edu
Wed Sep 5 09:57:37 CDT 2007
Jonathon is right. Google Earth has improved. I downloaded the kml
file for the PCT and finally erased it and started my own. The PCT is
very visible in GE for about 60% of its track. It's a wonderful way to
relax - to draw in the trail. After an hour has passed and 20 or so
miles completed, its as if I hiked it, well, an abstract version of the
I inadvertently had two versions of Jonathon's work in Montana and
deleted the one that was less accurate.
Jonathan Ley wrote:
> I think the FS site still has the old route I drew last year.
> FYI, I've been updating the route that I did, here:
> It includes an optional overlay of USGS topo maps, along with
> alternates, some notes, links to photos, etc. I've only gotten through
> from Canada to the Anaconda-Pintler so far... The rest is the older
> route, which I will update when I have more time (who knows when...).
> The latest version of Google Earth makes it really easy to add/change
> .kml/kmz files - basically, GE becomes a wysiwyg .kml editor. The USGS
> overlay maps (done by a 3rd party... free!) are a huge thing as well -
> otherwise, it's nearly impossible to identify things along the CDT. I've
> also been impressed by the extent of the trail that is now covered by
> high-resolution photography in GE. There are many places where you can
> see the actual trail in the GE view.
> I haven't checked out the FS routes/page recently.... It's very
> interesting, but kind of a different take on the thing as it focuses
> more on the "state of the trail" in various places (i.e. what's on
> roads, etc.).
> Lawton Grinter wrote:
>> I just came across the USFS CDNST Administrative Website and there´s a
>> webpage in their that´s devoted to Google Earth overlays of the CDT
>> and related trails and routes. I was surprised to see that Jon Ley´s
>> 2001 route was included in this page . . . it´s the 1st one I
>> downloaded and added into Google Earth.
>> If you are new to Google Earth, check out the Google Earth website:
>> This application is free and quite powerful . . . you can overlay many
>> trails onto Google Earth and check them out before you march off into
>> the sunset on the real thing.
>> Best, Disco
>> lawton grinter
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