What is Trailguide?

Trailguide.net is a web-based trail biking guide where you can locate great singletracks wherever you are at the moment, or look for great trails in other areas you would like to ride. You can use trailguide to find your own location when you get lost, you can use trailguide to scout for new unknown trails, or you can share your favorite trails with other trail bikers.

How does it work?

Trailguide is a webbased app that shows trails on top of maps or satellite photos. You can zoom in and out of the map to discover trails and click on a trail to get more information about it. For each trail in the guide you will find information about trail type, difficulty level, length, proximity, a description, images, map, and a list of other trails nearby this.

Which devices?

Because the service is a web-app it will work on PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, Windows phone, iPads, and all other type of smart mobile equipment with a screen and Internet access. Trailguide uses the GPS unit on your phone to find out where you are and where the nearest trails are. You can also add Trailguide as an app icon on your smart phone or tablet.

Finding great trails

Open trailguide.net on your phone. It will load the map and show all the trails as numbers on the map. Zooming in to the map will reveal the trails found under each "bubble" and eventually show the trail head. Clicking the icon in the bottom left corner will show your current location on the map.

Browsing trails

Clicking the arrow at the top of the map opens the list of trails. These are sorted by proximity to your current location (more specifically to the center of the map) so you can easily find trails to ride nearby. You can search and filter the list to find the type of trails you are looking for. Clicking on a trail entry will show the full trail information. This will show the trail details, a description automatically translated to your language, a trail map, and images. You can also translate to other languages or show the original text if you want to.

Go biking

Clicking on the button marked "Show on the map" will close the trail info page and add the track to the map. Using your own position on the map it should now be quite easy to find the start of the trail. When you are done riding the trail, you can open the trail page again and you will find a list of other trails nearby this trail, sorted by proximity. Enjoy!

Map layers

You can choose between different maps on trailguide to best suite your need and location. Click on the globe icon in the bottom left corner and choose between Topographic maps, MTB maps, Google terrain maps, and Satellite images.
If there are no trails registered in the location where you are, there are several ways of finding trails. You can look for trail markings on the map itself, you can turn on the Strava Heatmap and look for blue lines outside of roads, or you can turn on Satellite images zoom into an area and look for trail markings in the terrain.

Can I get it as an app?

Absolutely! Trailguide is created using the latest technology and will adjust to any device it runs on, being a computer, tablet, or a phone. Opening trailguide.net on your phone will make it behave like an app, but you can do even better. You can add it as an app icon to your home screen.

iPhone

On your iPhone, open trailguide.net in Safari and click the little square with an arrow at the bottom of the screen. After that follow the procedure as the below images show.

Tour planning

Trailguide works very well on your computer or tablet as well so you can study all the trails and maps on a large screen and plan your next singletrack adventure or scouting for possible new trails in your local woods or mountains.

Trail information

Clicking on a trail entry will open the trail information page which contains trail details such as length, difficulty level (green, blue, red, or black), trail name, location, date of submission, who submitted the trail, a description translatable to many languages, information about access, images, the trail map, and a list of other trails nearby. The direct link to the trail is also listed so you can share it with others or access it later from your phone.

Trail images

Look through the images for inspiration to get out of the couch and ride your bike or buy a ticket to Hallingdal, Norway where this is taken on a nice day in late October.

User profile

Clicking the name of the user submitting the trail will list all the trails for that person. Clicking the image of the person will open his or her facebook page for easy contact.

Fancy split map

Clicking the left arrow in the map layer selector will split the map in two; one half with satellite images, and one half with the normal map. This can often be a great tool to check if trail markings on the map might be good singletracks for bikes before you go and check them out. You can move the split back and forth as well as drag the map around as usual. Fancy stuff.

Trailguide user heatmap

Selecting the map layer selector and turning on the "Bikers" layer will show a heatmap of where trailguide users have requested their location. A nice way of seeing where people have been biking. You can also use the time slider to see where bikers have been at which time of year.

This is fantastic! How can I contribute?

Trailguide makes it very easy to share your favorite trails from your local area. If you have a .gpx-file for a trail you would like to share, log in to trailguide by clicking the Facebook "Log in" button in the top right corner. This will enable the button marked "Add trail" which will open the trail editor.

Adding a new trail

To add the gps track, simply drag & drop your .gpx-file onto the map. The track will be painted on the map and the location will automatically be discovered based on the trail head. If you need to edit the start and stop of the track, use the slider underneath the map. You can configure track details using the icons on the right side of the map (trail or downhill, difficulty level). Type in the name of the trail, a description, and explain how to get to the trail head. Then click 'Save' and you are done.

Trail images

Click on the tab labeled "Images". Simply drag & drop an image file into the empty space, type in an image text, and push "Save" to finish. Drag & drop another image to add more. Images in landscape mode really looks the best in the guide.

Trail information

After saving the trail, it will show up in the trail list if set to public, and the description text can be translated automatically to other languages using google translate. You can also share the trail on social media using the URL at the top of the information page.


Who made this?

Programming:
- Bjørn Jarle Kvande / ObjectPlanet, Inc.
Content:
- Donations by bikers, helping keep the service free of charge
Norgeskart:
- Kartverket
MTBmap:
- MTBMap.no
- Ola Endre Reitstøen
OpenStreetMap:
- OpenStreetMap and contributers
Google/Satellite:
- Google, Inc.
Strava heatmap:
- Strava
Automatic content translations:
- Google Translate API
Application label translations:
- Czech: Romana Flemrová
- French: Helene Chambe-Eng
- German: Wolfgang Frey/Markus Landrø
- Italian: Jon Hareide Aarbakke
- Polish: Łukasz Trojniak
- Russian: Philipp Kolibaba
- Spanish: Johannes Dvorak Lagos