Introducing Trailfinder

There is now a new first page for Trailfinder

Trailfinder will help you find trails to hike, winter walk or snowshoe in Kananaskis Country. It’s driven by a database of almost all the trails in the five volumes of Gillean’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guides — 430 so far and I have more to add!

The information in Trailfinder does not replace the trail description in the guide book. You should still refer to the book, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes. You can find the volume and trail number near the bottom of the description. Knowing them, you can view the trail on the appropriate 1:50,000 map if you wish.

Trailfinder provides some basic information: distance, height gain and the effort required to hike the trail. After a section extolling the virtues of the trail there is information on where the trail starts, the difficulty and a “Notes” section which will include trail updates. I have started to add a picture for some of the more popular trails and there may be links and popups for additional information. Ckeck buttons allow you to restrict the list of trails according to the effort you wish to expend. For instance, if you are hiking with kids you can just list easier trails.

For the West Bragg/Elbow multi-use trails area we have recommended what we consider to be the best hiking loops. While most of these these are not described in the current edition of the guidebook, there are trail maps at most junction to help you find your way.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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12 comments… add one
  • Tony Daffern May 21, 2016, 11:09 am

    Your’e right Derek. It would have been a lot easier to do when I first entered the trails into the database. I will put it on my to-do list.

  • RyderDA May 21, 2016, 11:00 am

    I love it. What would be really cool are links on each trail that pop up the 1:50,000 map the trail is on. That’s a LOT of links to create, though!

  • Tony Daffern May 20, 2016, 11:02 am

    Thanks for the suggestion Cat. I have a number of ideas for enhancements, but am concentrating on getting everything working on all browsers and platformas an entering all the trails in the database.

  • Cat May 20, 2016, 8:55 am

    This is wonderful! Thank you for such a fantastic tool to use 🙂

    “Show all trails” under the location section would be nice to see. I’m less specific about the location when choosing a trail and more focused on picking a trail that suits the capabilities of my group first. It would be great to be able to select the difficulty and have trails from across the whole area appear in the results.

  • RBJ May 13, 2016, 7:11 pm

    I sure like the new Trailfinder. Thanks

  • Tony Daffern May 10, 2016, 4:03 pm

    I have given up on the dropdown menus. Different browsers on different platforms handle backspacing differently. I have gone back to a simple menu that should work on all browsers, even older ones. If you have bookmarked Trailfinders, you will have to do it again as the initial file name has changed.

  • GMJ May 7, 2016, 4:27 pm

    It works fine now.
    I liked the old trail updates button, I think it’s easier for quick location of a trail update, at least for the 4 pre flood books.

  • Tony Daffern May 6, 2016, 5:13 pm

    Yes. Trail Updates will now be included in the “Notes” area on the individual trail pages.
    After I removed some code I tested the program on a PC at my local library and it worked fine on IE 11 and whatever version of Chrome they were running. Does it work on your PC now?
    The problem with backspacing to the first page seems to vary with browsers. It’s better to the “Back to Area link”. As a stop-gap while I work on the problem, people can use the “Refresh” link if they have trouble selecting an area after back spacing.

  • GMJ May 6, 2016, 3:24 pm

    Does this abolish the “Trail Updates” button?

  • GMJ May 6, 2016, 8:53 am

    I’m using Chrome on a PC. I just tried doing the same thing with Safari on a Mac and that worked fine. So it’s probably only on Windows that this glitch occurs.

  • Tony Daffern May 5, 2016, 8:58 pm

    What browser are you using and are you on a PC or a Mac?

    From a trail description you should be able to press the browser back button and get back to the trail list to select a trail in the same area. At the bottom of the trail list is a “Back to Area selection” link that should take you back to the initial page with the dropdown menus. Pressing the back button from the trail list may get you the message you mention. Try pressing the back button again. At the bottom of the initial page is a “refresh” link that may help if the dropdowns don’t work properly.
    I have tested the program on the latest versions of Safari, Chrome, Opera and Firefox on a Mac and also on iPad and iPhone. I have not been able to test it on a PC using Internet Explorer yet.

  • GMJ May 5, 2016, 5:50 pm

    Whenever I press “Back” from any trail in any region, it takes me to Ghost/Waiparous saying “There are no trails that fit your description in this area”.

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