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Old 05-13-2014, 06:20 PM   #1
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What map to get?

Looking to hike somewhere near Marcy Dam for Memorial Day. Everyone seems to say Nat Geo has the best map but then other people say the scale is too large for proper navigation. The only other respected map it seems is the AMC one, but they stopped printing it and now use the Nat Geo one. Am I missing something? What do hikers use?
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:23 PM   #2
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Looking to hike somewhere near Marcy Dam for Memorial Day. Everyone seems to say Nat Geo has the best map but then other people say the scale is too large for proper navigation. The only other respected map it seems is the AMC one, but they stopped printing it and now use the Nat Geo one. Am I missing something? What do hikers use?
Get the USGS quad for the section you are hiking. Tried and true. You can usually get quads for the Adirondacks at any gear store and many of the local "general stores" may carry the quads for the area.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:35 PM   #3
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Imho, the Nat. Geo. maps work just fine for trail use.
If you plan to do any bushawhacking, you may want a map with a bit more detail, such as a USGS quad. Personally, I like to print out my own maps using any one of the number of online topo websites, such as Mapper.acme.com or Mytopo.com.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:48 PM   #4
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Looking to hike somewhere near Marcy Dam for Memorial Day. Everyone seems to say Nat Geo has the best map but then other people say the scale is too large for proper navigation. The only other respected map it seems is the AMC one, but they stopped printing it and now use the Nat Geo one. Am I missing something? What do hikers use?
I agree with Redhawk.... the NatGeo series is ok if you want to stick to trails and are ok with the scale, but if you are really navigating, then it can only be USGS topo 24K or 25K maps. Although I am a traditional paper USGS map guy with hundreds of copies, there are many sources where you can download various versions for free, including the USGS itself.

Another some people like is ARGIS.

Or try GMAP4.

If you know which quad you want, try NYFALLS.

Next favored behind my paper maps for features I like in an online download is CALTOPO.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:10 PM   #5
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Hmm, thanks for the good info! We're not doing anything too crazy. Definitely sticking to trails/campsites, maybe bagging a high peak. But I'm kinda new to this so I don't know anything about these quads you speak of.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:42 PM   #6
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Hmm, thanks for the good info! We're not doing anything too crazy. Definitely sticking to trails/campsites, maybe bagging a high peak. But I'm kinda new to this so I don't know anything about these quads you speak of.
In that case, I think that you'd be fine with the Nat Geo map, or the ADK High Peaks map which you can buy at most camping or book stores.
Quad is short for quadrangle, which means 4 sided, like a map.
I believe Marcy Dam is within the Keene Valley USGS (United States Geological Survey) quadrangle.
And if you're new to hiking and camping in the Adirondacks, I will also suggest that you familiarize yourself with the NYSDEC regulations.
Have fun, and please keep it clean.
Welcome to Adkforum, enjoy.

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Old 05-13-2014, 09:01 PM   #7
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USGS maps here

CalTopo, as someone else suggested, is very good.
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Get the new ADK High Peaks map (from the ADK).
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