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    MyHikes - share, track, and plan hikes!

    MyHikes is a small, all features free, webapp that aims to help hikers and backpackers find trails easier.

    Don't see a trail or park near your area? Sign up and add it!



    As a user, you can track your miles, complete other people's trails, and chart your completed trails on a yearly basis. More features to come and it's all free!

    I'm hoping to get more trails from all over the North East so that hikers and backpackers can find trails a lot easier.

    All/any feedback is much appreciated.

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    I've never signed up for AllTrails mainly because I believe trail data should be open and free. Most of their features require an account to even view trail data - which for most people is fine.

    I know most people use AllTrails - 55k trails vs. my 146... but I'm trying to build a community who believes in open free trail data. I'm also trying to focus on hiking and camping whereas AllTrails is a bit more broad.

    Thanks for checking out the link and responding though

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    Not sure who entered this (Admin?): https://myhikes.org/trails/10

    But promoting camping that is "technically not allowed within ~200 feet of the cliff, but it's doable" isn't really the best thing. The photo also appears to be from Mt. Willard, which is not the description in the hike.

    The other WMNF hike listed (https://myhikes.org/trails/40) also describes a "decent bootleg campsite." Is the goal here to point out backcountry camp sites?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wtcobb View Post
    Not sure who entered this (Admin?): https://myhikes.org/trails/10

    But promoting camping that is "technically not allowed within ~200 feet of the cliff, but it's doable" isn't really the best thing. The photo also appears to be from Mt. Willard, which is not the description in the hike.
    - Thanks for the reply, and yes Im the admin. I'll update the comment to discourage camping within 200 feet of the cliff. I completely understand the concern. And thank you for pointing out that this went up Mt. Willard! Trail info updated...

    Quote Originally Posted by wtcobb View Post
    The other WMNF hike listed (https://myhikes.org/trails/40) also describes a "decent bootleg campsite." Is the goal here to point out backcountry camp sites?
    The goal is to point out backcountry sites and hiking trails easier without drudging through google searches. The site is not complete and is always getting new features added.. unfortunately we also rely on our users to add information on trails, so we need to build out a user comment section so that other users, who hike a the same trail, can leave backpacking feedback too.

    The idea here is to link trails with parks - the parks page can be updated with a site link and a site map link so that hikers can access even more data quickly. They can quickly see if the trail they're looking at is actually a trail you can camp off of, etc. by researching a bit further.
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    OK - I can see a niche for that, especially where many parks/campsites are not thoroughly mapped in relation to hiking trails. You often need to piece these together using multiple sources, such as AMC's White Mountain Guide for the trails (I use wmgonline.org for a lot of trip planning) and NH State Park's site for where to camp.

    Outside of including established backcountry campsites/huts/shelters (built and maintained by USFS, AMC, RMC, etc.) I'd strongly discourage promoting stealth camping "sites" - while many of these are used repeatedly, they're too close to trails/established camp sites and do not represent dispersed camping and LNT practices.

    With the influx of hikers in recent years, especially along the AT, there are more and more of these "stealth" sites appearing in NH's woods. There are already too many sites that promote the more popular ones, and the impact is obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wtcobb View Post
    I'd strongly discourage promoting stealth camping "sites" - while many of these are used repeatedly, they're too close to trails/established camp sites and do not represent dispersed camping and LNT practices.
    Yep I totally agree. I work with the guy that added this trail and he only camps off of public trails that allow camping. He may mean something different by 'bootleg' than what others may think. I'll update this comment as well because it looks like you can camp off of the Livermore trail based on the rules listed http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/whit...74405&actid=34 - at least this is what I generally follow when I used to go up there and I don't see anything in the subsequent text that states anything about the Livermore trail.

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    USFS & WMNF camping rules:
    http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5363715.pdf

    Backpacking Light forums contains many lists of stealth sites, however many of these are well within 200' of the trail (some within 20' feet... and more like 2').
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    Yep that's a really handy page for the Whites. I should add additional links to the Parks page for subsequent dispersed camping info.. site link and map link are nice, but quick links to things like that one could be really helpful too.

    Thanks for the help and feedback, it's much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djmill View Post
    Yep I totally agree. I work with the guy that added this trail and he only camps off of public trails that allow camping. He may mean something different by 'bootleg' than what others may think. I'll update this comment as well because it looks like you can camp off of the Livermore trail based on the rules listed http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/whit...74405&actid=34 - at least this is what I generally follow when I used to go up there and I don't see anything in the subsequent text that states anything about the Livermore trail.
    Cool - thanks for understanding and the updates. TBH I'm not certain of that particular location along the Livermore Trail.

    Not trying to knock the site/effort - as I said there's definitely a good niche here for planning, and having one source to encompass a variety of camping locations along with the trails to hike would certainly be useful. The first trail I looked at happened to recommend camping in an illegal spot, so some ongoing cleanup/policing might be needed to ensure you're not promoting these locations.
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