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Frequently Asked Questions
|What's the purpose of this site?
This site was created to chronical my personal journey's, hikes, trail runs, and adventures with my kids. I hope to share the beauty of the outdoors and greater wilderness with others. The intention was to head out and enjoy while also keeping enough information that I could share it with others and allow them to head to the hills and experience the same beauty. Also, read my 'About' page.
|How were the trails created?
The trails were created by a electronic data route that is computer generated based on satellite signals to my handheld GPS unit that I have on my person as I run the route/trail. Following the run (and a nice shower), the data is then uploaded to my computer then imported into a mapping system. The maps, elevation profile, waypoints, etc are created. So, the trails are not merely guesses of the trail but actual routes that have been run by an actual human being tracking the data of the route. This affords runners a very clear sense of the route and the type of trail run they are getting into prior to the run.
|Must I be a GPS 'geek' to use the maps?
No, the GPS coordinates are only provided to assist you should you want to use a GPS. If you'd like to run 'GPS free' simply bring the map and hit the trail. If you are not good with maps be careful about getting to far into the backcountry esp. if after dark.
|What does the Elevation +/- mean?
The elevation gain is recorded in feet; the gain is noted by + and the loss by -. This data is noted on the bottom of each map to give you a two dimensional sense of the course and the elevation gain/loss. This can be helpful in planning your run as well as water consumption and carbon units you are burning! Generally speaking you will want to get a sense of the elevation gain in connection with the distance traveled. So, if you pick up 500 feet in the first mile you can bet it is a decent uphill climb. I have done routes where I picked up almost 1000 feet in the first mile (Provo, UT)!
|What format are the GPS coordinates in?
The position format is HDDD MM.MMM and the map datum is WGS84. Ensure you set your preferences on your GPS to the correct position format and map datum so that the coordinates on the maps sync up with your device.
The most current geodetic datum used for GPS is the World Geodetic System of 1984 (WGS84). The significance of WGS84 comes about because GPs receivers rely on WGS84.
RedRockTrails.com uses the WGS84 datum by default. We also use the format HDDD MM.MMM, which is a standard for GPs receivers. HDD means Hemisphere and degrees. MM.MM are minutes in decimal format.
|What are the GPS terms?
Waypoint - A coordinate used by GPs denoting a specific point on the earth and map!
Geocache - In geocaching it is a hidden container filled with a log book and pencil/pen, and possibly prizes. Caches were often used by explorers, miners, etc. to hide foodstuffs and other items for emergency purposes. People still hide caches of supplies today for similar reasons. Geocaching comes from the terms "geo" and "cache" to explain the sport. Some caches have cash in them, but there is no pun intended :)
|How do I download the GPs file?
Simply right click the link and choose 'save link as' or 'save target as' then download it to your desktop.
|Where do I get the software to open the .gpx file?
Go to www.easygps.com, download the free software.
|How do I use the GPs download file?
You must have the EasyGPS software, it is free. Those not wanting to manually enter the waypoints in from the map to their GPs unit can download the .gpx file from the RedRockTrails.com site and upload it directly into EasyGPS, then on to their Garmin, Lowrance, or Magellan GPs unit via the EasyGPS software.
|How do I submit trails not already on the site?
Yes, we really would like to have user submitted routes. Simply send any and all data available on the route to routes 'at' redrocktrails 'dot' com. We'd prefer you send GPs coordinates for the trailhead and a few along the course. Photos of the trail are a plus as well. We can then create the map, elevation data, etc.