How do I read the AllTrails map layer?

Our community of outdoor enthusiasts each have slightly different needs in a map. We have tried to meet these needs by offering a choice of map types (often called map layers) across our website and apps. These include the familiar types Road, Satellite, and Terrain, plus some more specialized options such as “OpenCycleMap”.

In both using these maps ourselves and in hearing feedback from our members, we realized that while each has its strengths, no one map option was ideally suited for the outdoors. We saw the need to create an ideal trail map for the digital age. 

Our main tasks were to determine what kinds of information should be included on the map, at what zoom levels these details should appear, and what are the best data sources. The map data itself came from combining a number of trusted sources including OpenStreepMap, USGS, Mapbox, and our own data. The starting point in the visual design was the classic USGS-style topographic map. From there, we wanted to make sure trails were given particular prominence, and to include mileage labels on each trail segment as are often seen on paper trail guide maps. We also wanted to show boundaries for parks and wilderness areas as well as useful points of interest. 


- Trails on the AllTrails map layer are represented as black single dashed lines

- For trails where we know that bikes are permitted, we’ve used a blue dashed line

- The red squares represent trail intersection markers with the trail distance shown for each major segment

Bus stopMountain
Dog parkPark
Fire stationPicnic site
GolfRail station
GroceryRanger station
Historic siteRV Camping
Horseback ridingShelter
Hunting standVeterinary
InformationWater fountain