The hiking map below shows the location of all hiking routes in France, Switzerland and Italy published on Randos-MontBlanc. The hikes are marked with coloured markers representing the respective difficulty level. When there are several hikes in the same area, simply click on the corresponding colour circle to discover the characteristics of the hikes. In addition, the control panel on the right-hand side of the map and the interactive list below it allow you to filter the hikes displayed on the map according to the difficulty level or type of hike (swimming, snowshoeing or skiing). Finally, you can also change the base map displayed. Four types of maps are available: OpenStreetMap, OpenStreetMap Outdoors, OpenTopoMap and Google Maps. The first three maps provide a wealth of useful hiking information, such as the names of the peaks and their respective altitudes, hiking trails and contour lines. However, if you want to display the most streamlined map possible, you can choose the Google Map that includes the satellite view. In case of error or imprecision on the map, do not hesitate to contact me.
How to read the map?
= Very Easy | Gain = less than 350 m ; Time for the Ascent = less than one hour ; Round-Trip Distance = less than 5 km.
The perfect choice for an introduction to hiking.
= Easy | Gain = between 350 and 850 m ; Time for the Ascent = between one and two hours ; Round-Trip Distance = less than 10 km.
Hikes for beginners.
= Intermediate | Gain = between 350 and 850 m ; Time for the Ascent = between two and three hours ; Round-Trip Distance = up to 15 km.
Hikes for beginners and intermediate hikers; Can include technical or exposed passages.
= Hard | Gain = between 850 and 1500 m ; Time for the Ascent = between three and four hours ; Round-Trip Distance = between 10 and 20 km.
Itineraries for trained hikers; Can include technical or exposed passages.
= Very Hard | Gain = more than 1500 m ; Time for the Ascent = more than four hours ; Round-Trip Distance = between 10 and 30 km.
Itineraries for very well trained hikers; Can include technical or exposed passages.
What map to choose for hiking?
The hiking map above offers four cartographic visualizations, which, despite their popularity, are not necessarily all suitable for hiking. In order to be a little clearer, you will find below a short description of the proposed representations.
- Google Maps (road, terrain, hybrid) : This type of map is the most widely known since it is used in many applications and websites. Three modes of visualization are available: a road mode that highlights roads, a terrain mode that adds elevation data, and a hybrid mode that consists of a satellite view with the main toponyms. Although useful in everyday life, this type of map is not the most suitable for hiking as some hiking trails are not shown on the map. In addition, the nature of the terrain (forest, gravel, plains) is not represented.
- OpenStreetMap (OSM) : This type of cartographic representation is based on a collaborative project launched in 2004 with the objective of creating a free map of the world. Each Internet user can contribute to the project by publishing his or her own geographic data, for example, from GPS tracks, public domain, aerial photos or satellite images. OSM is suitable for hiking as the base map displays many elements such as summit names, hiking trails, terrain type, contour lines, restaurants, hotels, etc. For users of phones running Android or iOS, I recommend the MAPS. ME application that allows the user to navigate on an OSM card background.
- OpenStreetMap Outdoors : This representation based on OSM is a ThunderForest project. In addition to the information displayed by OSM, this is particularly suitable for hiking, as it displays the shade of the terrain, ski slopes, long-distance hiking trails and many other points of interest.
- OpenTopoMap : also based on OSM, this representation, close to the German topographic maps, is also suitable for a mountain trip since it offers the same characteristics of OpenStreetMap Outdoors while amplifying contrast and relief.
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