When looking for a local ride or hike to do, it’s easy to get lost searching the interwebs, and while sometimes that’s a good place to start – especially when seeking out information like trail conditions or weather – the frustrating google searches of my past have been replaced with some pretty incredible maps put out by a company called Adventure Maps; check out their site here.
These maps cut out the initial frustrating search for good trails by producing maps with the various types of trail already labeled and color-coded right on the map, i.e. hiking, horse, multiuse, mountain biking, etc., and even provides suggested hiking and mountain biking routes right on the map, with the length of the ride, the time it will take, the difficulty level, the best season to ride, a description of how to get to the trailhead, highlights of the ride, and any notes that may be important to know before setting out. And did I mention the maps are water and tear proof, and can even be downloaded onto a phone or other device if you’re not into the paper map thing for some odd reason? These maps are seriously the best. I’ve put all my adventure maps through hell and they still look new (almost).
Whenever I sit down to brainstorm my next bikepacking trip, the first thing I do is flip through these maps and look over the mountain bike trails – which are easy-to-spot bold red lines in these maps – for any sections I haven’t yet done. I then simply piece together some sort of loop, add up the miles, don’t bother to look at elevation gain even though I could because the maps are all topographical, and then call up my friends to negotiate a good time to go. It’s that easy. There’s no need to scour the internet for a route other people have done when bikepacking. Instead, just make one yourself using adventure maps.