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    Green Mountains Hiking Gudiebook

    I'm looking for a guidebook to hiking Green Mountains. I'm primarily focused on completeness for central region (say around Killington: https://hiking.waymarkedtrails.org/#....5471!-72.8332 ) with trail descriptions, distances, cumulative ascent / descent and trail maps. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingo View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion - I couldn't check out table of content, but the description mentions 200 hikes, which is more than other books I was looking at. It is out of stock on the web site you linked, so I had to order somewhere else.

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    The other necessary guide is the a Delorme Map Atlas. A major challenge on many hikes in VT is finding the trai lhead, especially in Northern VT. Many roads arent signed and the various GPS databases arent that up to date. It also shows most trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    The other necessary guide is the a Delorme Map Atlas. A major challenge on many hikes in VT is finding the trai lhead, especially in Northern VT. Many roads arent signed and the various GPS databases arent that up to date. It also shows most trails.
    Thanks for the extra pointer! I already found in past years that getting to a trail head in VT can be a challenge in winter as some smaller roads are not maintained and once they get covered with snow they are not passable. Typically, I use parking gps coordinates that I read from OpenStreetMap with a modified version of this OpenLayers example: https://openlayers.org/en/latest/exa...-position.html and then I put the coordinates into my car gps (I have a Garmin model that accepts coordinates for destination.) This usually works ok as long as the maps in my Garmin are up to date, however, I had a problem once before when my gps directed me to an old logging road that my car would not be able to handle.

    On a separate but related note, OpenLayers examples make an excellent showcase of what cool things can be done with open map data model: https://openlayers.org/en/latest/examples/

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    I received GMC's Day Hiker's Guide to Vermont yesterday and took a quick look. It appears to cover a lot of trails including some not too far from Killington that I did not know about. Interestingly Killington is classified in the book as south western VT, so I guess my thinking that it was central VT shows how much more of VT I still haven't explored!

    I don't know if there are any Green Mountain Club members here on VFTT, but given that the guide is published every 5 years or so I have a few suggestions for making it even more useful:
    1. List coordinates for parking and trail heads / trail junctions.
    2. Add accumulated ascent / accumulated descent info, so it is easier to figure out how much up & down a given trail is. Possibly add elevation profile if available.
    3. Verify trail locations. For example, I noticed that Canty Trail starts at a different spot - I'm guessing that it was relocated after the guide was already published in 2011.

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