There are many trails near me, but there are no published maps. Now that I am finally getting my own trailer, there are some really gorgeous trails I'd like to go on, but not get lost. Does anyone use a personal GPS for trail riding? If so, which one? I just want something that will help me get back to the truck and trailer!
Nope, but I obviously need one -- was riding in forest last week, and had to get off the trail due to downed trees -- somehow I managed to get all turned around. The sun was going down, so at least I knew which direction to go toward. Seriously would like to know of a good GPS for riding.
Absolutely, after giving up after waiting for years to hook up with someone to play trail guide for me. I got a Garmin 60csx over 2 years ago, and it gave me confidence to get out and explore on my own. You can see how much exploring I've done at www.everytrail.com - search "Natchaug"
Garmins are highly rated and I agree, except I will caution you that they're not always as user-friendly & intuitive as they should be ... they're notorious that way.
Use the "belt & suspenders" approach when attaching one to your belt. My first time out, I relied on the belt clip alone. It attaches to a screw-in button on the back of the unit. Works fine UNTIL the button unscrews itself and your expensive, dull grey GPS unit drops off without your realizing it! I was lucky & found it not too far back up the trail, despite its tendency to fade into the color of the ground. Now I use both the belt clip and a tether that attaches to a belt loop.
Yes, but not to use as a GPS. I have a Garmin Forerunner and use it to keep track of my hours (for the Arab Frequent Rider Program) and my mileage (for my own information and training). It has a limited "mapping" function, which is pretty useless if you are trying to find your way to or from somewhere.