South Mountain Trails Google Earth Mapped
UPDATE: Click to see my newest South Mountain Interactive Map
What I post today is a work of art…a masterpiece in mapping technology. A local outdoor enthusiast who goes by the name Nothra Bin sent me his latest Google Earth map of South Mountain. He meticulously built the map using existing GPS tracks on the web, as well as freehand routing and labeled just about everything you can think of.
New Google Earth high resolution imagery shows some really awesome detail for more than half the trails on the mountain. You can actually see the boulders and rocks along the trails. The waterfall looks awesome. Download the KMZ and visit SoMo anytime for a virtual ride.
Nothra also posted the map on the Google Earth Community site. Thanks Nothra for sharing this map with us. You rule!
Here is a map to a Phoenix Parks page with a nice map of South Mountain. Way better than the one floating around. Download the high resolution PDF.
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10 thoughts on “South Mountain Trails Google Earth Mapped”
I’m upset, only because I didn’t find this sooner! Very awesome piece of work.
Thanks to you both.
You and Northa rock! Thanks so much!!!!
THANKS! THANKS! THANKS AGAIN! A great resource!
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That is an awesome KMZ. The level of detail is amazing! Can’t believe it has been around for so long and I just found it. Thank you.
Thanks Fish. You’re right , it is an awesome map. All the thanks should go to Northra Bin. He used tracks he found on the web (including some of mine) and built this sweet map. All I did was post it so people could find it.
That is sweet that Cactus Bikes uses the map to direct people to trails. Now that’s genius.
I can’t thank you enough for the BEST South Mtn map EVER. I use this map every dayas CACTUSBIKE runs a good sized rental fleet and dealing with tourists who don’t know where they are, much less where they’re going, can be daunting. Being the largest city park ANYWHERE, you can’t just send people out there unprepared. I use the map to show “us” in relation to parking, trailheads, features, etc. And the 3D aspect makes it far easier to visualize than any flat or paper map. I’ve used GEARTH for a long time now, but this map makes it a thousand times better. If anything, theres almost more info here than you’d need. But being able to turn off features like roads, trails, trailheads, etc… can really clean up the map. You can literally just turn on NATIONAL trail. Genius.
Worked fine for me. Looks like a lot of work went into making this, couldn’t ask for anything better, very nicely done!
Paul, Thanks for visiting. You are Arizona diety of mountain biking! I’m not sure what is causing the bad token for you, it opens right up fine in my Google Earth. I’m using 4.2.0198.2451 (beta) version of GE. Maybe it the version. I’ll look into it for you. It’s the least I could do.
Awesome looking map! Unfortunately the .kmz file is no good — I tried opening it in Earth and I got a “bad token” line or something.
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