Step 17: Finished! Now get them out to other people.
Your map is done! Now figure out how you want to distribute them. In the spirit of openness I make PDF copies of mine freely available to people who j...
How to use a handheld GPS unit to create some really nice maps of mountain bike or hiking trails.
Step 1: Tools you will need
Buy or borrow a handheld GPS unit with a data transfer cable. The key features to look for are the ability to add waypoints and to add notations to those waypoints. You will also need software to transfer your tracks and waypoints to your computer. I highly recommend Topofusion, and the following steps are specific to it, although they should be similar in other programs. To layout your maps you will need a layput program, I use Adobe Indesign CS2, you might be able to use a word processor as an alternative.