Maps--can't trust them either!

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Re: Maps--can't trust them either!

Post by dave54 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:50 pm

Untrustworthiness (is that a word??) exists everywhere.

I know of one Forest Service K-tag, posted by a licensed surveyor, off by 6 miles. It shows R. 7E when it is R. 6E. A typo error rather than a surveying error, but still enough to seriously confuse someone relying upon the tag for navigation.

OTOH -- I enjoy the old 15 minute topo quads (and 1950's vintage National Forest visitor maps I have). I like looking for old trails on the map that no longer exist on the ground and try to follow them.


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Re: Maps--can't trust them either!

Post by East Side Hiker » Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:48 am

Maps cannot replace on the ground experience.

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Re: Maps--can't trust them either!

Post by Ikan Mas » Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:01 pm

Found something interesting in my mother's possession the other day when I had to make an emergency run up to Oregon. She had a circa 1950's AAA map of the sierras that was made for people wishing to access what was then, the back country. Not looking too closely at it initially, I took a highlighter and noted the treks that my brother and had taken to North Yosemite and the Minarets. Then I noticed a couple of things that currently don't exist. 1) A lodge at Gem Lake, and 2) a trail from what is currently the Rush Creek TH directly to Alger Lakes. Does anyone know where the lodge was? Is there still remnents or a use trail up Alger Creek. I'll have to make a copy of that map for further exploration.

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