Preferred one-way or round-trip route uploading?

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Brett Loertscher · Mar 11, 2017 · Layton, UT · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 74

I have noticed that some hikes are recorded and uploaded with data from going in and out the trail, while others are uploaded as only one way. For example, this hike ( has its length and elevation profile following the round-trip hike, while this one ( only records the one-way. Which is the preferred way to do it? I think it would be good to be consistent - the first trail is 7 miles round-trip, and the second is 18.4 round-trip, though it only shows as 9.2. 

Mikhaila Redovian · Mar 13, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 7,840

Hey Brett, 

Thanks for reaching out with a great question! While it seems like the mileage is inconsistent, the first route the you link is a "Featured Hike" and the second route is just a "Trail". Featured Hikes are the most popular routes in a given area. They often include parts or all of several trails and maybe even portions of roads or paths to connect them. In some cases, a Featured Hike may include only one full trail, and that's the case with the Lake Blanche Trail. Because Featured Hikes are complete recommendations, the mileage included the round trip. 

Trails on the other hand are just a single trail as you would find on a printed map. It looks like the second trail that you linked to is still under editorial review, but a trail is more like the Sunshine Canyon Trail for example. The trail itself has a start and end point, and is mapped out as it would appear on a City of Boulder trail map. However, you can see that one would use the Sunshine Canyon trail as part of the Sunshine Lion's Lair Loop Featured Hike. 

Let me know if that makes sense, and we can go from there! 

Best regards, 


Brett Loertscher · Apr 1, 2017 · Layton, UT · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 74

OK, so as I understand it, when uploading a GPS route for a Featured hike, even if it's just an out and back hike, you want to include the entire round-trip journey, which will then include the total round-trip distance. And when uploading a trail, you just want to include it going one-way, with a definite start and end point. Is that correct? 

Mikhaila Redovian · Apr 3, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 7,840

Hey Brett, 

You hit the nail on the head! That's exactly how we separate the two! 

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