New MMBA Trail Guide!

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Re: New MMBA Trail Guide!

Postby UselessPickles » March 6th, 2013, 3:02 pm

Here's some tips for the power-users out there:

Zoom Faster!
Use your mouse scroll wheel to zoom the map in/out around the current position of your mouse cursor!

Search for Trails
There's no built in search feature yet, but this will help you get by for now...
  • Use your browser's built-in search capabilities (Ctrl+F on PC, Cmd+F on Mac) to search for trails in the trail list.
  • You can search for any text that appears in the list, such as trail name, city and zip code.
  • To search amongst all trails in Michigan, make sure all trails are being listed at the time that you search by either clicking the "All Trails" button or checking the "Include off-screen trails in the list" checkbox before you search.
  • To search amongst only trails in a certain area, zoom the map into that area and uncheck the "Include off-screen trails in the list" checkbox before searching.

Use the Trail Guide to easily refer to specific trails or POIs in conversations.
  • When you click the "link" icon, a URL is generated that will nearly exactly reproduce what you currently see on the map. This includes the position/zoom of the map, whether you are viewing the trail list or a trail's details, which trail or POI is currently selected, opacity settings of overlays, etc.
  • Are you trying to organize a group to meet at a particular trailhead or parking location in a trail system that has multiple options? Select the exact POI where you want to meet, create a link and share it with the rest of the group.
  • Is the location, title or description of a trail's POI wrong? Instead of trying to verbally describe which one has a problem, create a link to it and include it in your email to, along with the corrected info. This will ensure quick and accurate fixes to the data without requiring a reply email to ask for further clarification of which trailhead you are talking about, for example.
  • Are some non-POI details about a trail wrong? Create a link to the trail in question and include it in your email to provide corrections.
  • The exact position and zoom level of the map is nice to retain in the URL for most situations where you want others to see exactly what you're looking at, but if you just want to link to a trail or POI in general, you can remove the "&center=<coordinates>&zoom=<zoom level>" portion of the URL. The trail guide will automatically set the map position and zoom level to an appropriate default that will take into consideration the current set of POIs and overlays of a trail, for example. In its most basic form, all you need is the "?trail=<trail ID>" portion of the URL parameters to create a link to the details of a trail. Just be sure to test the URL you create to ensure it leads to what you expect before sharing it with others.
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Re: New MMBA Trail Guide!

Postby Di_bear » March 8th, 2013, 8:08 pm

PK wrote:Maybe it's the Holly-Wilderness trails that's missing?

That is correct. Was that ever mapped for mountain bike use other than the usual DNR map?
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Re: New MMBA Trail Guide!

Postby Critter7r » March 8th, 2013, 9:30 pm

see below ...
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Re: New MMBA Trail Guide!

Postby Critter7r » March 8th, 2013, 9:31 pm

c0nsumer wrote:
Critter7r wrote:If there's a place to offer suggestions, the trail for Holdridge East doesn't show up.

Are you meaning Gruber's Grinder, the east loop of Holdridge?

Yes. The park shows up, but there's no line depicting the trail.

EDIT: Although, I see there is a link to the trail map, soooo ... moot.
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Re: New MMBA Trail Guide!

Postby Geff » March 9th, 2013, 5:42 pm

I can only say WOW! This is such a great update to the MMBA! What a score you all did and deserve copious amounts of really good libations for your job so very well done!
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