Strava heat map showing where people walk in the Sierra.

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limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 31, 2018 - 04:24pm PT
Strava released their data to the public and there's a cool interactive map overlaying all of the tracks. Head to the "empty" zones for the FAs!

http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#15.85/-118.46429/36.79956/gray/all

Cool things I've found so far:

-Popular paragliding spot off of highway 180 shows a giant web of loops.

-You can see a ton of ski lines going from Alta Peak down to the Pear Lake Ski hut in Sequoia.

-At least one person went to Palmer Cave :)

-Nobody goes to Tehipite


It's actually a global map so you can kill a lot of time playing with it.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2018 - 04:26pm PT
PS: Setting opacity to 100% on the left makes it easier to see tracks
zBrown

Ice climber
Jan 31, 2018 - 04:39pm PT
Now that's cool ... er hot...

Looking on an iPad gotta get on my pc to navigate mo bettah


OK, getting the hang of it

Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach
Credit: strava
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Jan 31, 2018 - 04:55pm PT
I like to click it to bike- only to see 1) what/where cool rides people are mountain biking and 2) how often the PCT gets poached (tho probably mostly hikers who forgot to click to hike..
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 31, 2018 - 05:05pm PT
The Satellite overlay is more than 7 years old in some places.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2018 - 05:15pm PT
Ya and it's hard to see the single tracks with satellite, I've just been using the shaded relief.

Hey, someone peeked into the Gorge of Despair
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Jan 31, 2018 - 05:24pm PT
I did an obscure mountain bike ride and ended up trashing through chaparral. I can see my track....
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jan 31, 2018 - 06:17pm PT
whew! my haunts are almost devoid of activity.
Scole

Trad climber
Zapopan
Feb 1, 2018 - 12:13pm PT
Not a lot of traffic in Center Basin
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 1, 2018 - 01:32pm PT
whew! my haunts are almost devoid of activity.

Yup, I get a little bit of joy from finding places I've been with no lines :)
kingtut

climber
Jingus Newroutaineer
Feb 1, 2018 - 02:46pm PT
I ain't telling where my secret stash is....:P
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Feb 1, 2018 - 03:01pm PT
I hope it doesn't show my lines travelled on paved roads when the Park was closed for the year......
briham89

Big Wall climber
santa cruz, ca
Feb 1, 2018 - 03:41pm PT
Who has Strava on all the time they're out? That's what I want to know....holy f*#k people. Did I go hike and climb today? Not sure I didn't Strava it?! I think I'm turning into an old man....
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Feb 1, 2018 - 04:49pm PT
LOVED THIS MAP. THANKs!!!!

It showed me where some of the social trails go that arenít on any trail maps and Iíve been wondering how far they go and what link ups to other trails in the area. This map made it quite clear. A bunch of new trails to check out.

Brian brings up a good point. I do usually wear a Garmin tracker when Iím biking or hiking and I think it links to Strava when I up load ( actually it does it automatically). As for climbing. I donít wear it then because itís kind of bulky but I donít climb much anymore. It appears enough folks are making the Strava connect that at least trail areas in my fav spots are showing up...I really like that the unmapped trails are showing, which I guess means theyíre not unmapped anymore. I guess local knowledge wonít be as important.
I especially love seeing the perfect red ovals that are school tracks. So neat.
Then again this is probably the same type of info that revealed a bunch of top secret military stuff. Oops.

Susan

Jebus H Bomz

climber
Sacramento, CA
Feb 2, 2018 - 02:44am PT
all your base are belong to us
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
Feb 2, 2018 - 03:52pm PT
This is unreal! I'm a map addict. Thanks so much for sharing this link, limpingcrab.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 5, 2018 - 11:06am PT
Bump for any fellow map addicts that missed this.

Here's the same data overlayed on a topo map: http://marracci.github.io/maps/Leaflet_Strava#14/37.6865/-119.1763
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Feb 5, 2018 - 11:58am PT
In my part of the world Strava shows the tiny reserve villages in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest
Credit: Oplopanax
RjBlake

climber
Feb 5, 2018 - 12:11pm PT
I've been playing with the Strava heatmap for years, it is great to see it getting wider attention as it is a very neat dataset, especially since the 2017 update.

You can, with some finagling, access the heatmap in Caltopo or Google Earth which allows for (in my opinion) some very cool visualizations. You can select different heatmaps based on user indicated activity type (All Activities, Cycling, Running, Snowsports and Watersports), which allows one to see differences in winter vs. summer routes (handy for figuring out what trails might be packed out when you're trying to get to ice climbs for instance, or figuring out where certain backcountry ski lines go).

I'm not very familiar with the Sierra so my examples are from further afield. As others have pointed out, this is not a comprehensive view of recreation activity, but rather of users with GPS devices inclined to track and upload activities.

Mount Washington (NH) Showing summer hiking activity (orange) and winter skiing activity (blue).
The east side of Mt. Washington, NH. Strava Heatmap activity for summe...
The east side of Mt. Washington, NH. Strava Heatmap activity for summer (orange) or winter (blue) visualized in Google Earth.
Credit: RjBlake

The Grand Canyon - hiking activities.
Strava Heatmap Activity for the Grand Canyon visualized in Google Eart...
Strava Heatmap Activity for the Grand Canyon visualized in Google Earth
Credit: RjBlake

Half Dome
Hiking activities recorded with Strava, visualized using their global ...
Hiking activities recorded with Strava, visualized using their global heatmap overplayed in Google Earth.
Credit: RjBlake

El Cap
Strava heatmap activity around El Cap, visualized in Google Earth
Strava heatmap activity around El Cap, visualized in Google Earth
Credit: RjBlake

New York City (Central Park)
Strava Heatmap for NYC's Central Park area visualized in Google Earth
Strava Heatmap for NYC's Central Park area visualized in Google Earth
Credit: RjBlake

Rainier
Rainier Strava Heatmap in Google Earth <br/>
Rainier Strava Heatmap in Google Earth

Credit: RjBlake

Mount Whitney
Mount Whitney Strava Heatmap visualized in Google Earth
Mount Whitney Strava Heatmap visualized in Google Earth
Credit: RjBlake
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Feb 5, 2018 - 01:30pm PT
Iím a map addict also but did not know of this until the OP.

Itís awesome! Just like bad enemies, being able to find top secret military base stuff, I have been able to find a bunch of the ďsecret, locals onlyĒ trails around here.

One particular local trail, there was considerable lore about a secret ďleft hand forkĒ. Yes! Now I know where it goes. Thereís also another top secret trail to some Indian Art that is best viewed on Summer Soltice. You could buy the directions for a couple bucks on the internet.
VOILA! I can find it now!

So much fun....so many new unknown trails!

Susan
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