CTC Navigation Bootcamp 2018 – Module 2 – Identifying trails on Satellite maps

Now that you are familiar with Google Route Maps, creating your own maps and tracks, navigating & recording tracks using your phone, let us next step off the regular concrete city roads into the trails closer to nature. This module will teach you how to identify beautiful trails using Google Satellite Maps to plan your future biking, cycling, running and hiking trips. Here we go.
Note – if you haven’t signed up yet do so asap over here.

Google Satellite Maps
Open “maps.google.com” in your browser on your laptop (or phone)
Search for “Nanmangalam forest”
Google Maps will display a large green empty area like below:
This area is empty as there are no roads going through this reserved forest
Click on the bottom-left “Satellite” image however and you ll see a wealth of photographic detail revealed for the same area
Zoom in and pan a bit through this area and you ll see lot of human trails in between the trees and forest
Some trail sections clearly visible, some parts hidden by forest, some trails wide, some more narrow

Identifying Trails

Open this Google Map in which I marked several trails inside the Nanmangalam forest
Zoom into various parts of the map and click the “[X] Trails” checkbox to show or hide the yellow marked trails
Spend at least 5 minutes zooming and panning through the entire forest, toggling the trails on/off to familiarize yourself with Satellite maps and recognize human trails in between vegetation. This will be very essential for creating and navigating your own future trails
Trails easily stand out in a natural environment due to their shape and contrast with surroundings

Once you have gained familiarity with identifying trails it’s time for some hands-on yourself
Create a New Map (see module 1) and name it as “My First Trail Map”
Moola Kona Water Falls
Search for “Moola Kona Water Falls” through the search box in your map
In this assignment you ll have to mark the trail which connect the falls with the nearby road to the West:

Switch Base Map to “Satellite View” and zoom in to reveal lot of terrain details:
Click on the “Draw a Line” symbol and start tracing the jeep track which connects the falls with the nearby road

Bathinaiahswammy Temple musili
Next, let’s do the same for the “Bathinaiahswammy Temple musili” which is located deep inside the forest:

Here also we want you to draw the track which connects the temple with the nearby road to the Northwest
Be careful not to confuse the river (smoothly curved) with the jeep track (human made, more straight):

Village at 12.68211, 78.92608
For the final assignment of module 2 let’s move to Jawadhu Hills
Type “12.68211, 78.92608” in the search box to find a small village deep inside the forest
Here we want you to find the trail which connects this village to Veerappanur town to the South:

Submitting Module 2
Once you have created the 3 trails for the above assignments proceed as below:
Select “+ Share” in the top-left map menu
By default your map is “Private – Only you can access”
Click on “Change” and select “On – Anyone with Link”
Click “Save”, copy the displayed link from “Link to Share”
And submit the link in this form to complete your assignment
This module is to be completed by every individual team participant
Now that you are familiar with reading Satellite maps and identifying trails, you ll be navigating some self-created trails nearby your own city in the next module.

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