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How does the Route Planner work?

Plan your perfect route with just a few clicks. Choose your activity and set the individual waypoints directly on the map. Or simply enter the start and finish points and let our planner calculate the best route for you!

Plan your Route

You can find the route planner in the top left hand corner of the bar under "routes" → "route planner".

Before you start to plan a route, you should choose the activity you want to do. This is important because the automatic routing via the route network selects the routes according to your activity and also includes them in the calculation of the duration.

There are three possibilities when planning your route:

  1. Enter the start and end point of the route under "Route" on the left of the map. The route planner will now suggest the best route for your chosen activity. Of course you can not only enter the start and end point, but also other intermediate destinations. You can delete the individual points with the "X" or change the order by holding down the three bars on right.
  2. Mark the starting point and the course of your route by clicking on the map. Use the right mouse button to edit the route.
  3. Import a GPX file by using the button "Import GPX". The GPX route is now shown in the route planner and you have the possibility to edit it.

By clicking on "Reverse" you can change the direction of the route, by clicking on "Reset" you discard your planning.


Altitude profile and trail types

Below the map you will see the altitude profile and the trail types. You can show or hide this view by using the arrow on the far right in the grey bar. If the route types are not shown but are known, you can enter them manually by using the button "Edit route". First select the desired trail type and then select the section you want to change, either in the elevation profile or in the course of the route. Don't forget to save your changes!


Good to know

  • Below the map, the grey bar shows you the length, duration, ascent and descent, as well as the highest and lowest point of the route.
  • Use the full-screen symbol (two arrows) at the top right of the map to switch to the full-screen view of the route planner for even clearer planning
  • Zoom in on the map by using the "+" and "-" icons in the upper right corner of the map, using your mouse wheel or on your laptop using the touchpad.
  • Move the map by holding down the left mouse button.
  • You can activate free input at the bottom center of the map (the sideways horseshoe).
  • If you want to change the course of the route afterwards, you can insert an intermediate point on the route with a right click and move it as you like. With right-click you can also connect the points directly or connect freely routed sections on the route.
  • Select your preferred map and style in the map list at the bottom right and choose to have route networks and additional layers displayed.
  • With the two "forward" and "back" arrows you can undo or restore your last action.
  • Use the "More" button at the bottom right of the map to view "My map" and various content, or import your GPX file.
  • With the selection icon (at the bottom center of the map, the small square) you can select several points and then delete them or move the entire selection. Choose "New selection" to change your selection. You close the selection tool by using the "X" in the upper right corner or by clicking on the symbol again.

Save as a route or a plan?

After clicking on "Next", you can now give your planned route a name, add a short description and check the activity again. You now have the option to save the route as a plan or to create a route. When you create a route, you can add more information such as directions, details and pictures. You can then publish and share them in the community. You can also create a route from a plan later. 
  • What is a “Plan”?

    When creating your own route on Outdooractive, its details will first appear under the heading “Plans“.  You can access these in your profile under “My Page“ → “My Content“ → “Plans“.

  • What is a “Route”?

    When creating your own route on Outdooractive, you can choose whether you save it first as a “plan“ or go immediately into creating the route. A plan (which comprises simply a title and track geometry) is the initial step in creating the route.


Reviewing the route

If you have saved a route, you can add pictures and further information to it.

  • Under "Media" you can add photos and videos.

  • Under "Description" enter a description, a route description, start and finish. In addition, you can add an author's tip, safety instructions, equipment and further information and links.

  • Under "Details" you can enter an author's rating, rate the difficulty of the route according to physical condition and the SAC hiking scale, and indicate the best time of year for the route. If the calculated values for the duration and altitude difference of the route do not correspond to reality, you can also adjust or round off the values and assign the appropriate values. With the help of these properties, the routes can be filtered later in the route search.

  • In the tab "Approach" you can specify if and how the route can be reached by public transport, the best way to get there and if parking is possible at the starting point of the route.

 


Can I plan routes in offline mode without an Internet connection?

Routes and maps can be saved offline. However, it is not possible to plan tours on a map saved offline. In route planning, data is required for routing, which must be loaded via our system and therefore via an Internet connection.

So if you want to make changes to a route or plan a route from scratch, you need either a mobile data connection or WLAN.


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