Guide to Maps
Using Dynamic Maps These dynamic maps preserve the full capabilities of Google Earth with "Ride with GPS" overlays. Each segment map appears in a window on its page. For most purposes the user will want to select “view full route” on the left side of the map header to enlarge the map and show route information in the left column. Users not familiar with Google Earth zoom and pan features can go to How to Use Ride with GPS for detailed instructions. As stated there, as you move your cursor over the route, you will see a crosshair appear over the elevations showing you where you are. Also, by moving your cursor over the elevations, you will see a blue ball on the map showing you where you are when you are at that elevation spot. Naturally you must have that portion of the map in view. Zoom out as necessary.
Trail Surfaces Completed off-road paved trail is shown with a red line. Most paving is asphalt, 10 feet wide. The oldest parts of the trail are 8 feet wide and chip sealed, but they are gradually being redone. The eastern-most portions of the trail are fine crushed rock well compacted, with asphalt on grades. Temporary, on-road trail is shown with a green line. Paved shoulders are generally 3-5 feet on US highways, 2-3 feet on state highways, and 1-2 feet on county roads, though there are exceptions.
Trail Grades Since about 70% of the trail is converted railroad grade, grades are generally sea-level, modest, and uniform. The highest point on the east half is 400 feet, and on the west half is 1100 feet. Elevation contours are shown along the bottom of each map and slopes are shown when moving the curser along the profile. Click the scaling bar to expand a section for closer evaluation.
Trail Mile Posts Eventually trail miles will be measured uniformly from east to west but the missing pieces prevent this now. Current mile posts along the trail are an interim system with mile 0 at Lincoln St on the Port Angeles waterfront and mile posts along the trail increasing in both directions. Coming from the east, milepost 0 is at the trail starting in Port Townsend at the Boat Haven. Trail mileage shown on the maps is measured from east to west for each segment, with zero at the east end of the segment. The Peninsula Trails Coalition is currently adding the actual milepost locations to the printable maps to assist users.
Trail Signs and Info Way-finding is assisted by the small, blue trail navigation signs placed at intersections, forks, and turns all along the trail. (Old and new styles are shown). Kiosks with local maps and information are located every 5-10 miles. Restrooms or Sanicans can be found every 2-3 miles along the more popular sections of the trail. Temporary on-road portions of the trail do not have signs.
Trailheads and Facilities On the dynamic maps access points and facilities along the trail, such as hospitals, bike shops, restaurants, etc. are shown with gold pins along or near the trail route. Put your curser on the pin to see pop up information. On the printable maps there is a legend with conventional symbols for identifying these facilities.