Linking people with nature by footpath along Lake Superior's North Shore.
The Superior Hiking Trail was GPS'd with a matching grant from the Lake Superior Coastal Program in the fall/early winter 2003. The project was to get accurate GPS data for the trail for land ownership purposes. The only waypoints that were taken were at the campsites and not at scenic features.
Below you will find .gdb and .gpx files for the trail that have a downloadable track log for the trail and waypoints for the campsites and trailhead parking lots. There are also zip files that contain all of the files. You need a Garmin with MapSource software to be able to use this data. There are also pdf files that have the campsite waypoints. These are listed as utmx and utmy coordinates; latitude and longitude in decimal degree format; and latitude and longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds.
Note: There may be an odd "snap-back" problem with this data where sometimes a line may be created from a spur trail that snaps back to a starting point. Just ignore these lines.
Please Note: As always, you still need to bring a paper map and compass when hiking on the trail in case of GPS failure or other uncertainties and know how to use them.
Future projects include:
-Giving the GPS data track log data to software companies so the trail can be added to add to their trail maps (Clint has given the data to National Geographic but has been told it won't be available for at least a year.)
-Providing a page for GPS users to list waypoints for scenic features on the trail.
|CampSiteWaypoints.pdf||This document contains the Waypoints for all SHTA campsites.|
|CampSiteWaypoints.txt||This file contains campsite way point information in a tab delimited format. To save to your personal system, right click the link and then select the menu option that allows you to save the file to your local disk.
|Garmin_Format.zip||Waypoints and track logs in Garmin format.|
|Garmin_Format_old.zip||Waypoints and track logs in Garmin format. Zipped with WinZip 8.0. Use this version if you get errors unzipping the other file.|
|Google_Earth_Map_1.kmz||KLM Files of the Superior Hiking Trail.|
|Google_Earth_Map_2.kmz||KLM Files of the Superior Hiking Trail.|
|GPX_Format.zip||Waypoints and track logs in GPX format.|
|GPX_Format_old.zip||Waypoints and track logs in GPX format. Zipped with WinZip 8.0. Use this version if you get errors unzipping the other file.|
|SHT.tpo||Topo formatted GPS waypoints and tracklogs.|
|SHTA_CampSite_Waypoints.gpx||Way Points to Campsites in an alternate format.|
|shta_map.gdb||Garmin format waypoints.|
|shta_map.gpx||GPX format map. (3.4 Mb)
|shta_tracks.gdb||Garmin format tracks.|
|shta_tracks.gpx||GPX format track log. (3.4 Mb)
|shta_trak.gdb||Garmin format information.|
|shta_wpts.gpx||GPX format waypoints. (23K)
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