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Good evening - I have tried using GAIA to navigate to the trail. I'll be honest, it doesn't seem to work well for me... I could be the problem though...

What is everyone using to navigate to the trail head? If GAIA, what am I doing wrong? (really, what are you doing right?). The videos I have found for GAIA are all about on the trails.

Thanks
-B
 

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I have been combining Trails Off Road and Gaia........getting to the trailhead has been mostly Google Maps when required.
 
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hummm....maybe i should give her the lat and long to the kichen and laundry room! :grinning:
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A few years ago we were with a group of of friends and somehow the topic came up of what the wives would do without their husbands. I looked at my wife and said, "I know what you would do; laundry and dishes!":laughing:


Good evening - I have tried using GAIA to navigate to the trail. I'll be honest, it doesn't seem to work well for me... I could be the problem though...

What is everyone using to navigate to the trail head? If GAIA, what am I doing wrong? (really, what are you doing right?). The videos I have found for GAIA are all about on the trails.

Thanks
-B
Are you referring to the "guide to" feature? I haven't had much success with it either, although I've only tried it once or twice. To get to a trailhead, I usually plot out my route as one would with a paper map, then glance at the pointer occasionally in realtime to make sure I didn't miss a turn. But I'm not too keen on gps giving me directions, anyway. They seem more often than not to get me fouled up and somewhere I don't want to be.
 

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Good evening - I have tried using GAIA to navigate to the trail. I'll be honest, it doesn't seem to work well for me... I could be the problem though...

What is everyone using to navigate to the trail head? If GAIA, what am I doing wrong? (really, what are you doing right?). The videos I have found for GAIA are all about on the trails.

Thanks
-B
I've been using Gaia for about 6 months or so now and it seems to be working great for me. What is yours doing wrong? Also what level of Gaia are you using?
 

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Are you referring to the "guide to" feature? I haven't had much success with it either, although I've only tried it once or twice. To get to a trailhead, I usually plot out my route as one would with
a paper map, then glance at the pointer occasionally in realtime to make sure I didn't miss a turn. But I'm not too keen on gps giving me directions, anyway. They seem more often than not to get me fouled up and somewhere I don't want to be.
I am talking about guided. Years ago, when I rode with a motorcycle group, I got the nickname 'U-Turn'. I'm not so good with directions. Anything I can do to help myself, I will.

I've been using Gaia for about 6 months or so now and it seems to be working great for me. What is yours doing wrong? Also what level of Gaia are you using?
I am on the free version right now. I'm trying to decide if premium is worth it.
 

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Good evening - I have tried using GAIA to navigate to the trail. I'll be honest, it doesn't seem to work well for me... I could be the problem though...

What is everyone using to navigate to the trail head? If GAIA, what am I doing wrong? (really, what are you doing right?). The videos I have found for GAIA are all about on the trails.

Thanks
-B
I've been using Gaia for about 6 months or so now and it seems to be working great for me. What is yours doing wrong? Also what level of Gaia are you using?
Yea, Gaia “free” can be aggravating. About as good as google maps. Adventure Overlanding has an excellent video on YouTube
 

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I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again- paper maps. Paper maps are reliable, they never break down, they don’t depend upon any kind of tower or satellite signal, and the good ones are waterproof. To be honest I have the Gaia maps downloaded on my phone along with google maps. I’ve only used Gaia once, years ago, and have no interest in another hobby. I already have 5 or 6 hobbies. I will use google to estimate mileage & time. Last week my 17 year old grandson was with me for a 2-1/2 hour drive to camp from Massachusetts to upstate NY. He was amazed that I knew how to navigate by reading signage and consulting a paper map before we headed out.
 

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The specific use case will depend a lot. Just for orientation, to zoom in/out an alternative to a paper map I like maps.me. Also If someone on the roadside has to show me, where I can buy firewood - maps.me allows is so easy to handle that it is possible to use for that.

maps.me - Offline capable orientation tool (Android / iOS
I found the app very helpful to enter the tips of others as a waypoint, be it sightseeing hotspots or the nearest laundry in the city - this saves some misunderstandings, if the addressed person can set a corresponding waypoint himself. Great tool for orientation

Here we go - Offline capable street navigation (Android / iOS)
Street names, house numbers, "Please turn left in 20m" - HERE or Here.com (formerly Smart2Go, Map24, Navteq, Nokia Maps) offers very good navigation in over 100 countries. Quite a few car manufacturers equip their navigation systems with Navteq map material (BMW, VW, Daimler etc.) Accordingly, the map material is of high quality. On a trip around the world, this software is simply unmatched. With an online connection, traffic jam avoidance is added - but the maps can be downloaded offline per country.

Track Navigation - severall tools are available. They differs a lot about the needed time you need, to get most out of it.
Here is a comparison of Gaia, onX and Mapout. It is worth to use youtube to get some "how I use it" to get an idea.

To get some Apps with a specific usecase can be helpful. I do it anually - to write down my current list of most useful travel apps - with the specific usecase how I use the apps.

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When you tap on a waypoint, tap more, then tap driving directions. That bounces you out to Google Maps or Apple Maps depending on your settings in the app and or if you are on Android. OnX does the same thing. Neither app has native driving directions nor should they.
 

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When you tap on a waypoint, tap more, then tap driving directions. That bounces you out to Google Maps or Apple Maps depending on your settings in the app and or if you are on Android. OnX does the same thing. Neither app has native driving directions nor should they.
That's what I was doing wrong. I followed your directions and it worked. I had to enable Apple Maps in the settings, instead of Google because I don't have GMaps. I was able to get directions to my test point. Thanks!
 
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That's what I was doing wrong. I followed your directions and it worked. I had to enable Apple Maps in the settings, instead of Google because I don't have GMaps. I was able to get directions to my test point. Thanks!
There is the pinned Ask About Gaia GPS thread. I know it is long but there is useful info if you grab a favorite beverage and scroll through it. Glad it was an easy fix.
 
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I just use google maps (backed up by downloaded offline maps for google maps) for street nav and GAIA once I get on the trail. I don't do turn by turn with GAIA I just incorporate the GPS into my gauge scan and turn when it comes up.