[cdt-l] CDT & Google Earth

Jeffrey Olson 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. 

Jeffrey Olson
Martin, SD

Jonathan Ley wrote:
> Disco,
> 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:
> http://www.phlumf.com/travels/cdt/cdtkml.shtml
> 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.).
> -Jonathan
> Lawton Grinter wrote:
>> CDT-L,
>> 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:
>> http://earth.google.com/
>> 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
>> PO Box 941
>> Crested Butte, CO  81224
>> http://walkumentary.blogspot.com/
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