Map, Compass & GPS

Map, Compass & GPS
Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Maps For Your GPS

There are several map software programs on the market and several that are free.  Check these out.
Garmin (  has several products available.  I'd check REI for a good list of what is available.  The quality is very good, road and trail information is current; it's a quality product.  On my older Garmin products I still use the old Map Source product and it works nicely for my needs.
Montana Mapping ( is an absolutely first rate product for the backcountry hunter.  Using USGS maps layered with land ownership information (e.g., Forest Service, BLM) this product provides an incredible amount of information for the dollar.  The old forest road/logging road data provided is probably the best on the market.

Free Maps for the GPS

GPS File Depot ( has an extensive library of free maps. 

Switchbacks ( has topo's of the Pacific Northwest. 

Keep an eye on Rich Owings' outstanding site:  for information and product reveiws relating to GPS. 

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