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Free USGS Topo Maps for Downloading (PDF)

 
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5savages
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 1:49 pm    Post subject: Free USGS Topo Maps for Downloading (PDF) Reply with quote

USGS Map Locator and Downloader

If you click on the Map Locator and Downloader you get a google map. You can then zoom into the area you're interested in and download a PDF file of several different scale maps, including the 7.5 minute series. Sometimes I get a redirect error, in which case I reload and stop the page loading once I see the map.

Just in case you ever want to go old-school.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like to use GPSVisualizer and plot the GPXs on topo. It was especially useful for doing some of the excellent caches by eagleyes North of Ely (Bass Lake and Dry Lake).
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5savages
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
I like to use GPSVisualizer and plot the GPXs on topo. It was especially useful for doing some of the excellent caches by eagleyes North of Ely (Bass Lake and Dry Lake).


I remember you mentioning that program before and I meant to check it out, but haven't yet. I'll have to do that soon, it sounds interesting.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the USGS one require a download? GPSVisualizer doesn't.
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5savages
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
Does the USGS one require a download? GPSVisualizer doesn't.


That's all it is, a PDF download. Someone mentioned you could get tif files too, but I haven't looked for them.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

5savages wrote:
That's all it is, a PDF download. Someone mentioned you could get tif files too, but I haven't looked for them.

Cool, thanks for the info!
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jrest
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SB that was a pretty cool trick. I just downloaded a gps file into gpsvisualizer, and looked at the map. I have some routes in that particular file and it downloaded that too. Fun to look at and I think that may come in handy on some upcoming trips. Thanks for the heads up, will have to keep this one in mind.
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