Behind the Map - Catskill Trails Map Set

Stay tuned for a more in-depth examination of how the Catskill Trails map set was produced!  Some of the points this page will touch upon include details about construction of the base map, results from our Map Survey (over 650 responses) that directly influenced the production of this map set, and a comparison with the previous analog-produced 8th edition of the map set.

If you have any questions about how the map was made, feel free to leave a comment below!



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About the maps

I just bought one of your maps. How could I know if a trail is strenuous, moderate or easy?

Difficulty of trails on maps

You can get a general idea of how difficult a trail is by looking at the contour lines on the map and seeing how close together they are.  If the contour lines are very close together, that means that the trail is steep and therefore more difficult.

Degree of difficulty on maps

Our maps generally do not indicate the degree of difficulty that you are looking for.  You can check our Hikes Database to find hikes in the map coverage area, and these have a degree of difficulty associated with them.  You might also be able to check out any guidebooks that usually provide more details about the trails such as difficulty.

~Jeremy, TC cartographer