Trailforks Tutorial: Adding a Route to Your Trailforks App

Jul 21, 2016
by Brent Hillier  
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Wether you're looking for a new way to ride your local trails or following a race course in search of the next stage, Trailforks Routes will keep you on track. Learn how to take your favourite route from the desktop website and sync it to your smartphone in the Trailforks App.

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New to Trailforks? Learn more about the App here, and more about the website here.

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75 Comments

  • + 8
 Would be cool if your could mark at trail head and get audio/ vibrate alert when you get close... I find when I am trying to navigate new trails Constantly having to stop to check if "were close " wastes precious shredding time . Smile
  • + 2
 @stevil-1 This is a great idea. Got to keep stopping to make sure I didn't pass up a trail.
  • + 2
 This is a big ask, but if a rider could trace a desired route out with a finger and get the stats listed (populated) for trails, distance etc that would be awesome....... assuming it doesn't already exist.

Tried to do that for Whistler and didn't work as well as I thought it could.
  • + 2
 Have you used the ride planner?
  • + 2
 was using this app to navigate squamish and bellingham trails last weekend. this a great downloadable database of trail networks that works great especially when completely out of cell service because you have the maps downloaded to yer device.
  • + 1
 Thank you for the tutorial. Unlike the web version, your mobile app would show the transition stages and timed stages in an enduro course in the same color. It is really hard to tell where each stage starts and finishes. Can you use different color to differentiate them? Thanks!
  • + 1
 In the new update!!!
  • + 1
 colored route stages and the route POI are coming in an update in August.
  • + 2
 Is there anyway you could make a region check in? I'd like to put big QR codes on our kiosks to get new riders to try trailforks. Or just to make it easier to keep track of rider stats.
  • + 1
 We currently only have "checkins" on trails, not regions. A regions checkin total is the SUM of all its trails totals. Most checkins are auto generated by users ridelogs. They GPS their ride with a Strava or another device and add that data to Trailforks and we auto generate the checkins.

I don't really see many riders manually scanning in a QRcode to checkin... maybe i'm wrong.
A QRcode checkin would by anonymous, no data about the user.

You can create a QRcode that goes to this URL, it trys to load the region page closest to the user: www.trailforks.com/local
Or just take any Trailforks URL and generate a QRCOde for it, goqr.me

If you want to promote the app, we have a poster here: www.trailforks.com/about/graphics/#posters
I've been meaning to make some smaller sticker sizes options.
  • + 5
 friends dont let friends QR code. but seriously, it takes longer to download a qr reader, then use it then it is to search for an app and download it. half the time, even if you have the reader, it still takes as long.
  • + 1
 I tried to use the "Route to Trail" link but kept seeing the same error message: "Unable to find route to trail" i have location option "on" i have other app as well and i have the ability to use "direction" to get to the trail but don't have the ability to do so with Trailforks app. Can someone help?
  • + 3
 somehow this app needs more exposure to the general public - tried of tourist w/o this app or a trail map asking for directions - your killin my NFS buzzz!
  • + 4
 Add the trail Forks logo to your Strava
  • - 3
 if they are dumb enough to go into the woods unprepared they are to dumb to download an app....
  • + 17
 @cptstoney: to dumb or 2 dumb, but never too dumb, that would be dumb.
  • - 1
 Yea, who wants to talk to anybody.
  • + 0
 Good thing you didn't grow up back when you actually had to be social and enjoyed chatting with other bikers. Wow how tech has turned people into piss ants over the years
  • + 2
 ha! - I don't even own a smartphone - I still have the same flip phone I got 10+ years ago (no app for me). One of the things that first attracted me to the sport was the since of solitude being outside away from it all, and it still one of the things I enjoy greatly. Unless you need medical attention, having a serious mechanical or are truly lost it is rude to shout at someone asking directions. Especially when your just a mile in from the trail head. If your traveling and want to get a good idea where to go and what trails may suit you, best thing to do is go to a local shop, ask questions and buy a map and or join them on a group ride where talking is encouraged
  • + 1
 @Grmasterd: so in other words you are just a serial killer lol
  • + 1
 @mhoshal: I've started to use the site to find riders in communities who seem to get out a lot. I send them a Pinkbike message and get out for a ride. It's been a great way to get a local lap and afterwards grab a beer and burger with a new friend. Any tool can be used in anyway. I use Trailforks to be social, I'm a social person. Piss ants are piss ants and will continue to be piss ants, Trailforks or not.
  • + 1
 You need to download the "Region" first. For the USA the app regions are broken up into states, so you download all of Oregon. If you browse around the map in a region you don't have downloaded, there will be a large red banner across the map telling you to download that region. The first time you open the app it makes you download your first region before proceeding. To download additional regions goto the menu in the top left then visit "Downloaded Regions" and press the +add button in top right.

This is for syncing an already downloaded region, but the screenshots will help: www.trailforks.com/help/view/73

There are 65 trails in Hood River (Post Canyon) added.
  • + 3
 All we need to do is incorporate some Pokemon into this thing and all of our trails and routes will be sorted in no time.
  • + 1
 So kinda like catching Pokemon you can "RIDE THEM ALL" on Trailforks, mark which trails you've ridden. Try to ride every trail in your local areas. In your Trailforks profile is a list of all the trails you've marked ridden. You can also goto the "advanced map" tab for any region and filter the map to show only the trails you have or have not ridden.

For my local areas the map is blank, i've ridden them all! i.imgur.com/SSUrNVU.png
  • + 1
 @canadaka: It's not blank...
You haven't ridden the Powerline Access Trail or the Connector to Bottletop or the Mary Kirk Access Trail or the Perimeter Trail or the Indian River Connector Path.

Sheesh, what a slacker! Smile
  • + 1
 When i save a route to my wish list on my phone it does not show direction of travel each trail, with the little arrows like it has on the desktop version. Is this possible? Am i missing something?
  • + 2
 Are there any future plans to make a feture on this app like Strava so you can track your rides useing just the Trailforks app?
  • + 1
 @canadaka: Are you working on it?
  • + 2
 don't follow the link, it's not worth it. It's about a "scientist" who did a lot of work to come up with basic momentum and gyroscopic effects.
  • + 2
 @Jimmy0: Who are you to tell people what links to follow? That shit is interesting whether @angelfuk meant it to be or not.
  • + 1
 Tried search feature, no results, so I assume I cannot upload a .gpx file to Trailforks to create a route? If possible, how to upload a route file to create a TF route?
  • + 1
 You sure can. www.trailforks.com/contribute/route

Pm me if you need any more help.
  • + 2
 Love the app but annoyed that people added private trails to it. Wish there was a way to remove trails if on private land.
  • + 3
 trails on private land? or private trails as in secret?
  • + 1
 im pretty sure you can just e-mail them, same as strava
  • + 2
 What is the etiquette in adding new trails?
  • + 2
 Any user can submit a change to a trail, marking it as hidden. Just add a note as the reason why. Also any user can "flag" a trail to the moderators.

Trailforks has a lot of features to manage private/sensitive trails. www.trailforks.com/help/view/22
  • + 1
 @canadaka: Thanks. I asked it be changed to unsanctioned, which they did, but some sections are indeed private on private land (with permission from the land owners) (@jtayabji I guess a combo of both!). good to know and I'll break the trail into segments so we can hide the routes that go into private land.
  • + 1
 @robjames: None it seems like. A few people north of me have had issues with a bunch of riders suddenly showing up, found out someone mapped it on strava without asking the land/trail owner. It's a catch 22, since we get to discover new stuff, but also have our secrets exposed for literally anyone to see.
  • + 2
 @atrokz: you can break into sections. Or there is also the disclaimer field which like the unsanctioned field, will add RED text to the trail info.
  • + 1
 @canadaka: sweet, thanks!
  • + 2
 @atrokz: seems like people up north have shitty friends. if i invited someone to a private trail and they posted that shit on strava, they'd get a swift kick in the balls, and some slashed tires.
  • + 1
 @canadaka: What's the Disclaimer field for? Is it to generally add data about a trail? Or to add sanctioning or closed or similar status info about a trail
  • + 2
 @leelau: there is already fields for saying a trail is closed or unsanctioned. So the disclaimer is for other situations ot to further clarify. the text in the disclaimer field shows as red.

I see a bunch of trails in the UK have text like "Day pass or membership required to ride!" in the disclaimer field.
Or
"Bears are present in the area, especially along the creeks. Be sure to read the bear aware signs at trailheads and plan your ride accordingly. No need to be 'bear-a-noid', just make noise and travel in a group."

or

"Cross a corner of private Property at Mill Creek intersection"
  • + 1
 @canadaka: Thanks. Makes perfect sense
  • + 1
 Will the rest of the trails be maped out on the app soon? There are still some trails that show up on the site but not on the app.
  • + 3
 the App syncs with the website, if you have the app open it should auto-sync every 24 hours. But you can goto the "Downloaded Regions" screen in the app and press the refresh button beside a region to force an update. That's the beauty of the app, you don't have to wait for us to release updates to get the latest trails.
  • + 1
 @canadaka: Thanks, it has not been auto syncing.
  • + 1
 How about being able to see another persons ride log and adding that to your wishlist so you can follow that route on the app?
  • + 1
 @canadaka can we! ?
  • + 1
 I added a way to do this 2 weeks ago. Use the "copy to ride plan", then once loaded in the Ride plan tool, save it.
i.imgur.com/17gxGSO.png
  • + 1
 @canadaka: nice, will check out. I have another idea for you, now that summer is ending you might have time Wink
  • + 1
 i cant install this on my s4 i get error syncing reigion try again in 30 seconds.. forever
  • + 1
 maybe try deleting app and trying again. If not we have an update this week that might fix your issue.
  • + 1
 on the app it's important to be able to read the description of the routes and the link to external sources !
  • + 1
 Cool, I was trying to do this before and couldn't get Routes to show up, only individual trails. Seems to work fine now.
  • + 1
 Still doesn't work for me, it never has worked for me
  • + 1
 The app? What phone are you using it on? Send me an email: brent@pinkbike.com
  • + 1
 @brenthillier: Yeah the app, I cannot get it to load my race route to my iPhone
  • + 1
 @SingleTackKiller: Make sure you're logged in on the app.
  • + 1
 I tried it for Oregon it lacks maps
  • + 2
 There are currently 645 trails added in Oregon. Anyone can help grow the database there www.trailforks.com/contribute Trailforks is growing at 2-3 thousand trails added each month.
  • + 1
 @canadaka: When I downloaded it and opened it up it didn't show half the trails in Hood River where is a good tutorial for it at on how to use it?
  • + 1
 UK riders need to get on this, needs a lot of trails adding.
  • + 1
 UK is growing fast, it already has 2,638 trails added and is our top downloaded app country outside US & canada.
  • + 2
 @canadaka: most seem to be bike parks to be honest which I may as well just Google , certainly down south. Its a shame because there is a mass of natural stuff out there but it's still very much a case of having to grab an OS map and work something out.
  • + 1
 Finally i can map everyone's secret trails

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