hiking trail maps

Project Description

These custom trail maps were created for the “I Heart Oregon (& Washington)” hiking book. I wanted maps that are easy to read, yet have elements that are important for good navigation on a trail. One of the priorities for me was topography contour lines, used to tell what the terrain is like, with the contour lines providing a way to tell ridges from drainage areas, summits and other features. I also wanted to highlight the features of a hike, for example: the names of waterfalls, viewpoints, and more. Another priority is that all trails in the area are shown and labeled, which can be important when you reach a trail junction and aren’t sure which way to go.

Using public domain topography maps, I can take only the pieces that I want to use, going through a process to extract the elements needed. Once I have the base map with topo contour lines, rivers, streams and lakes, I crop the map to the specific area needed, and then transfer these elements to a template file used for this project. Then I redraw all of the trails, roads and other details. The next step is to add trail highlights and labels, mileage markers, and special features. The final step is to import the map file into the book layout before publishing.


Custom Map Design