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Upload the Trails You Use on MTB Project

MTBProject.com is quickly becoming the go-to trail map resource for mountain bikers. Upload your affiliated trails and give a shout out to your company or group's involvement in the "Need to Know" section.

HOW TO ADD TRAIL INFO TO MTBPROJECT.COM

Before you get started, check out the Rattling Creek Epic for an example of what we're looking for when it comes to content.

You can also watch our five-part video tutorial series to learn about mapping and uploading trails:

1. The first step is to go for a ride and record it. Start from the most common trailhead and do the ride as it is most commonly done. You can use a GPS device and regular camera, but it is MUCH easier to use a smartphone. Our favorite apps for collecting trail data include Strava (an IMBA Corporate Member with a great, free app), My Tracks and MotionX, but many others work just fine. Start recording the GPS track at the beginning and record your entire ride. You can edit it later on mtbproject.com.

2. Take photos as you go.  Lots of things are worth photographing: scenic spots, cool trail features, nasty technical section, your buddy dropping off a ledge…  We highly recommend using the built-in camera app on your phone which will automatically record the GPS location on the photo. Taking a photo every mile or two is a good idea - keep your phone in a handy pocket so you  can pull it out often.

3. Back at home, get your GPS track and photos on to your computer. Most GPS apps let you email the file to yourself.

4. Go to www.mtbproject.com and click on the “Share your rides…” button just below the big map

5. You probably rode several Trail Segments on your Ride, so now you can create them. A Trail Segment is a full trail or a portion of one just as you would find it on a printed map. A Ride is a combination of trails, roads, and whatever you take to make a complete excursion. We have a shortcut method to create a Trail Segment from an existing Ride, so you don't have to upload and edit your GPS track again.

6. Add your photos.  Hopefully they're already GPS-tagged by your phone and you don't have to do much other than give them a caption.

7. Add parking and other symbols as necessary.

8. Once you're all done adding your trail, photos and description, you'll submit it to MTB Project for review.  We'll look it over and either publish it or get back to you with questions in a few days.

Questions?

Visit the FAQ section or contact MTBProject.com

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