Thursday, May 10, 2012

S California Offroad Map: Blythe Vidal Riding Area

The latest in a whole series of updated to the California maps, an entire new trail system has been added to the Southern California Master Map file which is available for free at the Offroading Home web site: The Blythe Vidal Offroad Riding Area.

Last month the California Master Map was split in two in order to enable the addition of new trail systems without over-loading the file size. Sixty-three new GPS locations for mines and other waypoints have been added to the Blythe Vidal Trail.   [A free Google Earth file of this route is available at: Google Earth Trail FileOffroading Home: Southern California Master Map.]

Additionally, thirty-six new trail segments (both ride and hike) have been added to make an entire riding area completely mapped for rides.

You may have noticed that the format has been changed in order to accommodate this huge increase in the numbers of trails and waypoints being included in a composite map. All of the new waypoints for this area, mostly mines, have popups describing them, viewable by clicking on their icons.

Sometimes this number of trails can be confusing so they have been included in one folder, to make it easy to turn it off. However, every individual trail segment can be highlighted by hovering over it with your cursor so you can see where it begins and ends. That individual segment will turn a lighter color and if you click it, a pop-up description will tell you its length as well as minimum and maximum altitudes.

This extensive new trail system addition will better enable you to plan your next trip and get the most out of your riding time. And, if you'll notice, the riding area is easily accessible from Quartzsite.


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