For the Idaho Hot Spring Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR), we are distributing GPS tracks instead of GPS route waypoints as we do for our other routes. Currently, this is only for IHSMBR.
A GPX track is a navigational path that will display as a line with an indicator of your location in relation to that line—in GPX format. Tracks do not contain waypoints or points of interest.
Look through the information below about using the tracks before proceeding to download the data. If you are comfortable using tracks, you may wish to proceed straight to download the Route Tracks or Route Tracks and Services Waypoints (member-only).
Convert to KML & Other Formats
Some applications or devices may require a file type other than GPX. Use a web site such as GPSies.com to convert the GPX files into other formats.
On that web site, there is a tab on top to “Convert” tracks. Select that. (see image below)
Follow the instructions on the page to load the GPX file and convert it into other formats.
You may use other tools as well to convert the file as needed.
These will vary by device. For best instructions, refer to the user manual of your device. In this section, we will review methods & tools for loading the files into a sample of devices.
Garmin GPS devices:
USB mode: attach the device to the computer using the provided USB cable. Confirm device is in USB Mass Storage Mode. A new storage device will appear. Browse the folders of this new storage device. You will notice a “Garmin” folder. In that folder, there are different folders depending on your device. Copy the GPX track files into the appropriate folder on the storage device. (eg, "GPX" on a Garmin Montana or "New Files" on a Garmin Edge 810)
BaseCamp: attach the device to the computer using the provided USB cable. Open the GPX track in BaseCamp (either drag and drop the file from its folder into BaseCamp, or File > Import into "My Collection"). Browse to the location of the GPX track). Check the track on the map and edit if you would like. To send the track to the GPS unit, select the track in BaseCamp's Library > Device > Send [selection] to Device.
MotionX GPS on iPhone: Store the GPX file on your device, for example using Dropbox app. Choose to open the file with MotionX GPS app.
Locus Pro or Locus Free on Android: Store the GPX file on your device, for example using Dropbox app. Choose to open the file with Locus Pro app. Also, from within the app, you can import the file from the file system or from Dropbox.
The beauty of these tracks is that they work with or without maps. They follow the intended route very closely. However, background maps may be helpful in using the tracks. Navigation will vary greatly depending on the device, its capabilities, and maps installed on it.
This section assumes that you already have the configuration that you like on your device and any maps you want on it.
We have tested these tracks on a sample of devices and apps. Here is what to expect:
Edge 810: The track will show on the screen with an indicator for your location. Follow track as closely as possible. With good routable basemaps (City Navigator-Main, TOPO US 24k- Singletrack), turn-by-turn directions can be generated for most of the route, though not recommended for this device due to poor recalculation methods for a dirt and/or off-road route
Montana 600: Track will show on screen with an indicator for your location. Follow track on display or have the device provide routing, including turn-by-turn directions. Recalculation methods much better than with Edge.
Edge 1000: Track will show on the screen with an indicator for your location. Follow track as closely as possible. The unit is expected to return a “calculation error”, therefore, not able to generate turn-by-turn directions. However, the track will remain visible on the screen to allow for navigation. Moreover, the files we are providing contain the elevation data. Therefore, the unit will display your location on that profile.
MotionX GPS on iPhone: The app will show a map with an arrow indicator showing your location along the track. Zoom in and out of the map to a comfortable degree. Navigate along the track. The app allows storing maps for offline use when there is no phone signal.
Locus Free (or Pro) on Android: The app will show a map with an arrow indicator showing your location along the track. Navigate along the track. Using the Navigate To feature the app will also provide voice based turn directions based on the track.
Other devices will have a different approach for navigation. Please refer to the user manual of your device and instructions for specific apps.