Map Your Trails with Trail Run Project
Trail Run Project puts 133,718 miles of
incredible trails at your fingertips... and it's all free.
How does it work? Trail Run Project is a community-built, guidebook quality resource.
Join now and share your adventures!
1. Create a Profile
Signing up allows you to share trails, upload photos, and become an active member of the community.
Create your account using an email address or Facebook.
With Facebook you'll be able to:
- Easily log in with one click
- Easily share Trail Run Project content with your Facebook network
- Note: We don't post on your behalf
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2. Go Explore
Trail Run Project is built by runners like you. Record your runs to help guide others.
Before you get started: Check out your area on Trail Run Project to see what's already been mapped.
Record a Featured run or trail:
Trails are added individually and in their entirety. Featured runs are suggested routes that often use multiple trails.
More details about the difference between Trails and Featured Runs.
- Go for a run and use your favorite GPS device or a smartphone app to record it (Strava, MotionX, MyTracks, etc).
- Think guidebook: pick a popular route that starts and ends at a common trailhead.
- Record voice memos, take photos, and note points of interest along the way.
- Example Featured Run: Four Pass Loop
Find Gems along the way:
- Gems are exceptionally special places. They can be deep in the wilderness or just off the road.
- Take a few photos — you'll need them to share a gem.
- Example Gem: The Subway
Photos & Videos:
- Inspire others to get out and experience the trails you love. Action shots, scenic vistas and interesting features are best.
- You'll need to remember where you took the photo — smartphones and GPS-enabled cameras do this for you!
- Example 5-star photo: Switchbacks on Static Peak
- Symbols are a very easy, valuable addition to the map. They provide point location info to the site and mobile app — where to park, where you'll have a view, etc.
3. Share Your Adventures
Add your run, upload inspirational photos, or place points of interest on the map.
Approval process: All contributions are reviewed in-house to ensure a high level of quality. Our pro mapping team may reach out with questions during the quick approval process.
Adding a Trail or Run:
- Unless you want to add a single Trail, start by adding a Featured Run.
- Download the GPS track from your device or a smartphone app. Here are instructions for downloading your GPS tracks using Strava, MapMyFitness, Garmin Connect, MotionX, and MyTracks.
- We accept files in gpx, kml, and kmz formats.
- Tell us why this is an exceptionally special place; photos are required.
Adding Photos & Videos:
- Pick your best running photos and share them. Think of it as a highlight reel.
- Upload your videos to Youtube or Vimeo and share the link.
- All photos and videos must be placed on a trail on the Trail Run Project map.
- Make sure to zoom all the way in on the map to place the symbol exactly where the real-life feature exists.
4. Improve Existing Content
Rate photos and runs, and keep information up-to-date.
Find a trail that needs improvement:
- On the trail page, find the "You and this Run/Trail" section on the right-hand side of the page.
- Click "Edit Description or GPS track" to make any necessary updates.
Share your opinion:
- Star Ratings: Vote on runs, trails, and photos to help determine what gets featured throughout the site.
- Difficulty: Share your opinion using our simple rating system.
- Conditions: Keep them up-to-date via our reporting tool, found at the top of trail pages.
- Area Pages: Share your local area knowledge via the "Tell us!" link found on all area pages. Example area page: Rocky Mountain National Park
Adopt trails or runs:
- Some trails are mapped, but are missing descriptions and other details. If you know enough about that trail or run to complete it, take ownership.