Coffs Hikers shares information with our trusted leaders in a secure space, to make it easy to find information and add activities to our Calendar.
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What is the purpose of this Trails Collection?
- Inspiration to help both new and experienced leaders answer the question “where shall we go?”, with useful information for leaders such as access, lunch spots, gpx tracks etc.
- Connected to our Calendar activities, so we can see when a trail was last offered, and who led it, to help us plan.
- Easy to create a new activity on the calendar with a magic button!
How does Coffs Hikers know about all these trails?
- National Parks, Councils and State Forests trail information is publicly available.
- Books (such as Ulitarra Conservation Society’s “Making Tracks”), maps, magazines, apps and websites.
- We gratefully acknowledge leaders, locals, rangers and friends who have shared their trails with us. Please respect their trust and tread lightly.
- And then there is the legwork of exploring – being curious and following a creek, ridge, footpad or our noses to see what is around the next corner.
Finding an activity to lead, and creating a calendar activity
- A filter helps find a suitable activity to lead, for example filtering trails by grade or national park. The Map view helps select by location.
- You can tick the box to build your own shortlist of the trails you would like to offer in future.
- After finding a trail you want to lead, open it. Then scroll down and click the “magic button”.
- The activity will be added in draft mode for you to edit as required and publish.
Help, I don't know how to read a map, use an app, or understand what a GPX file is!
- Coffs Hikers are on AllTrails with a privacy setting that allows us to limit access to approved followers only. With the free version of AllTrails you can follow CoffsHikers to get access to GPX tracks. You can then download the GPX tracks and use them in the app of your choice.
- We recommend installing a paid app such as GaiaGPS to help you navigate. You will need the paid version to download maps for areas where there is no mobile coverage.
- There are lots of resources available for learning to read maps, how to use these apps, and you can also ask fellow leaders for tips.
- To improve your navigation skills, you need to practise! So upload a GPX file, go for a walk, track and review your walk. Sign up for navigation training activities such orienteering or rogaining and have fun improving your skills.
Guidelines for editing our Trails data
Can I add new trails and edit existing trail information?
- Yes! We hope this will be a collaborative effort. But if this is all too complicated and you don’t want to get involved, that’s fine too.
- You can add new trails for walking, kayaking or cycling, and camping destinations
- You can edit existing trails to provide more information, correct mistakes, describe your trail variations, and leave comments. Please respect the work of others to maintain the integrity and quality of the Trails data.
- To add a new trail, click the “Add New Trail” button on the Trails page.
- To edit a trail, find it and open it then click the “Edit Trail” button at the top.
- If you edit a trail and totally mess up, please call the Coffs Hikers webmaster asap so she can try recover the original data.
What region do these trails cover?
- We focus on trails within a couple of hours drive of Coffs Harbour for day activities, or further away and suitable for a weekend campout.
- Although we occasionally offer activities further afield, we don’t aim to capture all these here. Otherwise there would be no limit to how big this trails collection would grow!
What trail information is required?
- While most fields are optional, we encourage you to complete as much as possible to help future leaders
- Some fields are useful for grouping trails (eg all trails in a specific national park), some help filter trails (eg the grade), and all are useful to a leader planning an activity.
A picture (or map) is worth a thousand words of text.
- You can embed a public AllTrails or GaiaGPS map with waypoints etc.
- For sensitive routes, you can upload the GPX for leaders to download. Or add them to CoffsHikers account on Alltrails marked “followers only” not public.
- For very sensitive routes, make a note that leaders should contact you for the GPX file, and you can choose who you want to share with.
What is the difference between a “public” vs “sensitive” trail?
- Public: included on the land managers website (eg National Parks), signposted / named trail or public road (eg state forests).
- Sensitive: accesses private property, culturally or environmentally sensitive area, off track, high risk. If in doubt, err on the side of sensitive.
What if my version of a trail is different (better!) than an existing trail in this collection?
- Before you add a new trail, stop! First search by region or park to see if there is an existing trail similar to yours.
- If your trail is a variation of an existing trail, please make a note about your variation of the route, rather than adding a new trail. This will help keep the collection to a manageable size.
How should I name a new trail?
- Good naming helps us all easily find trails later. Use the official name if there is one, eg “Red Cedar Falls”. Please don’t include the national park or state forest in the name, as we have a separate field to filter for that.
- Keep it clear and simple naming the key locations or features, eg “Tallawudjah Creek”, “Collombatti Lookout” or “Urunga to Hungry Head”, so others can easily find it.
- The calendar activity name does not need to be the same as the trail name. You can be more creative naming a calendar activity!