What features are free and what do I have to pay for other features for the 2015-2016 season?
How do I find out when new trails features are added to the web map or phone apps?
Mohawk Valley GIS will not sell or share any email addresses gathered from this website. These addresses are used with our email marketing campaigns to announce new trails, data, and phone apps, promote club events, or provide helpful information to recreation enthusiasts. We do share the email addresses from registering within our free trail apps with our sponsors, as explained with the app privacy policies. You can opt out of email marketing at any time.
Do you sell paper maps?
Yes, we are happy to help out any member clubs who would like to use our online store to sell their maps.
Can t-shirts and MicroSD cards be picked up in person rather than ordered online?
Yes, stop by our office at 114 Genesee St., Utica NY to purchase items in person instead of online.
Is the web map supported on Android/Apple phones?
The web map is only fully supported on desktops and laptops. Try any of our trail apps that work without reception and include several helpful features for use right on the trails. Tablets can be used to view the web map, with reception, however not all features are supported. We will be reworking the web map for the 2015 season so that smartphone users can view the trails as well.
How do I create a point A to point B route? Video Demo
How do I get my saved Point A to Point B route to my trail app? Video Demo
How do I get my saved Point A to Point B route to my GPS receiver?
Why is the amount of snow in the Snowdepth map different from what is on the ground?
Two reasons. First, NOAA posts their daily snowdepth data on their server at either 6 am or 2 pm each day, for the prior day. We grab the data at 5:30 pm, do lots of processing and post it in the webmap at 6:30 pm. What you are seeing is from yesterday. The second reason is the satellite tracking method used. Sometimes mixed precipitation is wrongly seen as snow, so the estimates in the snowdepth map can be off. Remember, the snowdepth map is not created by little elves who go out and measure the snow fall on the ground. If things look iffy in an area, check with the local club.
I just downloaded the app and it fails to open. Any suggestions?
It is possible that part of the download was interrupted when installing. Try to uninstall and reinstall the app from a reliable WiFi connection. Also be sure to check for updates so that you are running the most recent version of the app.
Using the app drains the battery very quickly on my phone. Is there any way to fix this?
Mobile phones tend to die quickly when using GPS for an extended period of time. When not using the GPS features of the app turn off the "Use GPS" option in the app settings to save battery life. Also keep in mind that cold weather will drain the battery sooner as well.
How do I transfer my Point A to Point B route to my iPhone? Video Demo
How do I transfer my Point A to Point B route to my Android phone? Video Demo
How do I tap out a route in the app - Android version
How do I tap out a route in the app - iPhone version
When you are building a route, if you choose a trailmarker/pushpin and add it to your route is there a way to remove it without starting the whole route over?
Yes, you can delete the last added point in a route by tapping that point again.
Do your snowmobile trail maps work on a Windows Phone?
Unfortunately due to the small market for Windows Phone we currently only support Android and iOS (iPhone) devices.
Is there a way to track where you came from, like breadcrumbs?
Yes, we do have breadcrumb tracking.
If you are on an iPhone – tap on the GPS blue dot to start tracking for 2014 version. Tap again when done tracking and save your path. Then you can follow your tracks back.
If you are on an Android device, 2014 version – tap on the compass in top corner to start tracking. Tap again when done tracking and save your path.
If you are on an Android device, 2015 version – tap the top left corner menu icon to start tracking. Tap the top right corner menu icon to stop tracking and save your path.
Can the trail apps be used on an Android tablet or iPad?
The apps are not designed to work on tablet devices and are not officially supported. However it is quite possible that the apps will run on tablets without problems. If you would like to run the app on a tablet please try one of our free snowmobile apps first to be sure that it runs well on your device.
I got a message saying there was an update. I didn't install it at that point. How do I get it?
The apps only check for trail updates once a day – so you may need to wait until tomorrow. And you must have a wi-fi connection at the time. You’ll be asked if you want to install the update.
I am having problems creating routes in a certain area. Am I doing something wrong?
Try zooming in closer. Some of the intersections are very close together and it can be hard to get the correct one sometimes. The pin actually looks like one pin, but zooming way in, you see it is actually two pins. If you still have trouble, please contact us asap with a screen shot of the area or the trail IDs and junctions - there may be a data error that we need to fix. Thanks.
When creating a trip on the app, if you try to circle back to a point/junction where you started, it does not allow you to select that same point to complete the loop. Am I doing something wrong?
No, this is a basic routing method where every point can only be used once. You'll need to stop/save your route shy of tapping the starting point. We are adding an enhancement to the web map project this year that will allow you to create routes easier on a big screen and then upload them to your smartphone or GPS device.
Do the GPS maps support the Nextar q4-06 unit?
Unfortunately that model cannot use our GPS overlay map or the track files.
My GPS is a Garmin eTrex Vista HCx. Will that work with the trail data?
The eTrex can use the tracks and waypoints but you won't be able to put the whole state on it, due to storage limitations. (If you have a smartphone you can use the phone app for the whole state).
I have a Magellan I use in the car. Is that supported?
Some of the Magellan units will accept the .gpx track files, but none of them support the statewide overlay map. The Garmin Nuvi is the only line of vehicle GPS receiver that can use the overlay map.
Do the Garmin 640 or Garmin 276 devices accept the tracks?
The Garmin 640 and 276 should both support our overlay map. The Garmin 276 should also support tracks and waypoints but is limited to 20, which is only 1 or 2 clubs' worth of trails. A sample map can be downloaded from our GPS page before purchasing so that you can be sure the map will work with your device.
Do you have a recommendation on which GPS units I should consider, based upon requirements for file formats, external use (weather), and cost?
We would suggest Garmin, but we don’t have a specific model to recommend. You want a decent size screen for readability, preferrably waterproof. The accuracy of all the recreation models is going to be the same. The price points are all about the extra features. Just get what you can afford that has the kind of features you think you will use. Some of you may want to consider the Trail Tech Voyager.
I have a Nuvi 550, will these maps work with this unit? Video Demo
Yes, we have an overlay map for Nuvi's. There is also a free file you can try now on the website. The instructions are linked there as well.
I am looking to buy a Garmin Montana because of its durability and screen size. Will you have something to support this unit? Video Demo
Yes, the Montana is a great choice, you can do either tracks/waypoints or the overlay map.
What about the Garmin GPSMAP 62, is this model supported?
Yes, that unit will be fine. You can add maps and you can have up to 200 tracks at one time.
If I am using a garmin Nuvi am I supposed to download any additional files to the gps besides the trail map file?
The overlay map includes the intersections, businesses, and parking all built into one file. However some Nuvi models may not automatically display them. In order to show certain points of interest they must be added through the "favorites" setting on the device. Once the location is favorited it should then display all the time on the map.
I put the .img file on the same MicroSD card as another map, but the GPS only recognizes the first map. Is there any way to fix this?
Some GPS units may only support one base map on an SD card at a time. If your GPS receiver does not support more than one map we do have pre-loaded cards available in the online store.