Hiking trail and Forest Roads tags coexisting

How can a way represent tagging needs for both a road and a path?

If a road is used as part of a hiking trail route, should the road bear any name associated to the hiking route or should it just be handled with somoene building a route?


This stretch of forest road was tagged as a path for the general cook trail #140, a hiking trail.

I converted it back to an unclassified road (it’s double vehicle width and is maintained, just unpaved) and named it to it’s correct name. I did add the alt_name for the hiking trail the previous person tagged it as.

Should I even have even added that alt name for the hiking route that uses it?

At the east end of that segment of that way, another road goes north with a separate way for the hiking path following in the same place as the road. That doesn’t seem correct at all. Shouldn’t that just be a road, which permits foot traffic.

Seems to me this general cook trail #140 should have been built as a route consisting of different ways (roads, paths, etc). Then how does map labeling handle this though.

This is not the first time I’ve seen this. I saw this on the Arizona trail where the trail used a segment of the road and someone renamed the road to “Arizona Trail” which is a hiking route. If I rename that segment back to the road name, it serves the vehicle traffic but a hiker would not see the hiking trail name on their maps.

Generally speaking, you’d represent the road with tags on the way and the long-distance path with tags on a relation.

An an example, https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/139039198 is a gravel track, and has various tags on it appropriate for a gravel track. It’s part of this long distance path: https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/370663#map=15/54.1039/-0.9809 . That, in turn, has tags on it appropriate for the path.

Although the “road map style” maps at osm.org don’t show relation information others do. Here’s one: https://hiking.waymarkedtrails.org/#?map=15!54.1039!-0.9839 that works internationally.

They won’t see it if they are using the standard OpenStreetMap style, but that style is not intended for outdoor recreation so using it for that purpose wouldn’t be a great idea for various reasons. Maps that are aimed at hikers and other outdoor recreational users will make the route visible. SomeoneElse gave the example of waymarkedtrails.org for browser viewing, which is very useful for checking your work as it updates frequently, I rely on it a lot when mapping hiking routes. There are also many phone apps such as Locus or OruxMaps that use OpenStreetMap data and display it in a way appropriate for outdoor users. So don’t worry about one particular map style that is intended for a different purpose.

Thanks, this is the approach I thought would be, but wanted to confirm.