Diane Soini of Santa Barbara Hikes
diane at santabarbarahikes.com
Sun May 6 18:22:51 CDT 2012
My experience with USGS maps is that the trail is always on the
corner of the map. Here is a really weird link to the USGS map store.
If you dig around, you may find the section of their site that lets
you download USGS map PDFs. These would be very difficult for you to
print yourself, but you can at least look at them and decide if
ordering USGS maps is worthwhile.
Here's a tiny url in case you can't figure out that strange link:
Some hikers I met in Washington used Green Trail Maps. In my opinion,
these were superior to Halfmile's maps (no offense) mostly because
there were so many more trails and they were big maps.
Personally, I will admit that I rarely ever looked at a map at all
along the entire trail. I did use the WP Guide book and the Data
Book, but rarely even looked at the maps in there. Before the worry
worts start squirming, let me say that I did have maps with me. I
sometimes even picked up extra maps at ranger stations and printed
them out from computers, too. But I almost never needed to look at them.
On May 5, 2012, at 10:00 AM, pct-l-request at backcountry.net wrote:
> I plan on doing the southern 2/3's of Oregon plus a section in
> Washington this August. The last couple of years I have used the
> halfmile maps but am thinking about using the USFS maps this
> season. While I like the detail of halfmile, they are a bit hard
> for me to read (old eyes) while the USFS maps are much easier.
> They don't have near as much detail, but do show a greater portion
> of the trail on a single page. But is seems like as a SOBO section
> hiker in August the need for a high level of detail is not nearly
> as great. Any thoughts? I also looked at Eric the Black and
> Postholer maps but am not overly fond of either one.
> Ed Jarretthttp://aclayjar.blogspot.com/
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