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Smartphones and the Future of Trail Maps

One of the new Isle Royale maps from MichiganTrailMaps.com.

MichiganTrailMaps.com is proud to announce the additional of georeferenced maps for mobile devices to its stable of trail maps.

Georeferencing – inserting geographic data in a map that relates to coordinates on the ground such as latitude/longitude – allows us to produce digital maps that once downloaded to your smartphone will show your location on the trail, distance traveled and other information.

Think of it as Google Maps for the hiker.

The focus of our first batch of maps is 160-mile trail system at Isle Royale National Park. Using software from Avenza, we produced two sets of the most detailed maps ever created of the park. They measure 8 by 11 inches when printed and the 42-mile Greenstone Ridge Trail alone required six of them.

You can check them out on our website and download the non-georeferenced versions for only 99 cents, the same price as all our other downloadable maps. Under the Trail Guide tab on the Isle Royale page just click on the trail you’re interested in to see a description of it or the map we produced.

From the Avenza Map Store, you can download the same map with georeferencing.  The Avenza Map Store is a mobile map app that allows you to download maps for offline use on iOS or Android smartphones or tablets. You would need to first download the app, if you don’t already have it, and then go to the MichiganTrailMaps.com landing page to download our maps.

It’s important to note that while you need the Internet to download a map onto your mobile device you don’t need it after that, which is good because getting the Internet at a remote place like Isle Royale is tough if not impossible. You need a GPS signal but that is far easier to obtain in the middle of Lake Superior.

Our Isle Royale maps from the Avenza Map Store are $2.99 each. But soon we’ll be offering “map bundles,” a series of maps that work seamlessly together. The first is the Greenstone Ridge Trail, all six maps for a reduced price of $8.99. The second is the park’s Minong Ridge Trail, three maps for $5.99. More are to follow.

On our Avenza Map Store landing page we also have a growing number of georeferenced maps from other trails around the state. Maps of short trails, those less than 3 miles in length, will be only $1.99 to download. Small price to pay to know where you are in the woods.

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