I continue to compile all of my personal data into one Master Map. For now I’m working with the Google Maps API and though it’s not perfect, I’m happy enough to share my progress with you. Here’s what the Master Map has to offer:
By default the map loads showing southern Utah with the Suggested Route and the Route Highlights. This is just the general overview and one can access much more detail by zooming in and turning on more layers. Here are the current options:
Side Panel Layers — the floating panel on the right provides check-boxes to toggle on/off various layers of content. The categories include:
Suggested Route — this is the primary route I suggest for a cross-state adventure.
Route Highlights — the primary, big-picture highlights of the route.
Points of Interest — placemarks for arches, canyons, viewpoints, towns and other notable spots.
Water Resources — important water sources I’ve encountered on my treks. Icons indicate reliability.
Obstacles — important points in terms of climbing/scrambling or navigation/private land concerns.
Camps — some notable camp spots including NPS zones/sites near the route.
My Hikes — precise routes for each of my major hikes across portions of southern Utah.
Note that almost all of the placemark icons are clickable and provide a pop-up with more information. Many include a photo of the location and some even include a link for even more detailed information on my site.
Side Panel Links — the side panel also includes links to Hide All Layers and to get back to this page.
Google Controls — lastly, as with all Google Maps, one can zoom/pan with the mouse or via on-screen controls as well as switch between Map View (with terrain) or Satellite View via the toggle in the top right.
NOTE: as you turn layers on/off, the most recent layer is displayed on top. So, if you find placemarks of interest getting partially hidden by other layers, just turn that layer off and then back on.
Enjoy — and please feel free to leave comments/questions below or email me at Jamal at AcrossUtah.com