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  1. MAIN MAP
    Most important map element that draws the user’s attention first. Should be placed in the visual center.
  2. INSET MAPS
    Help orient the reader.
  3. NORTH ARROW / SCALE
    Orients the user to north; keep design simple. Scale helps user measure approximate distance; not more than 1/3 the width of the map.
  4. TITLE
    No standard placement. Should be carefully worded.
  5. LEGEND
    Explains the symbology of the map. Should match main map.
  6. GRIDS / GRATICULES
    Usually UTM and/or latitude and longitude. Useful in estimating location on the ground. Common with topographic maps.
  7. GRAPHS
    Useful additions may include temperature and precipitation charts or elevation profile.
  8. PHOTOS
    Common for online maps, images provide a window into the trail experience.
  9. TEXT
    Written cues for trail navigation.
  10. BACKGROUND
    Balances empty space. Doesn’t distract from map focus. Options include satellite images, shaded releif and photography.
  11. LOGOS
    Credit to contributing organizations, including local sponsors and land managers.
  12. RULES OF THE TRAIL
    IMBA's Rules of the Trail offer helpful guidance for managing trail user relations
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