Hey guys, first time GPS user here. I bought the GPSMAP66ST that comes preloaded with toppo maps. When I go on explore to plan a route, there are no trails displayed on any of the toppo maps. Zero. What am I doing wrong??
Possibly nothing. Depends on where you are located and what maps you have installed in the app. Trail coverage in the legacy Topo North America maps is notoriously spotty. Trails in the national trail system tend to be present. It’s hit and miss for others.
First thing to try is zooming in and out in an area where you know there are trails. If that doesn’t find anything , I would try downloading the OSM maps for the area. Their trail coverage is pretty good. YMMV of course.
OSM is also available on the Map tab of your account at explore.garmin.com. You can do route planning there, too. However, IMO, the experience is not as good.
Ah, thanks for the reply. I definitely zoomed in as close as I could, nothing. There are trails displayed for local parks but that means very little to me. I was under the impression that all toppo maps should come with hiking trails on them. At least some.
You'll need to pay for, and download the good TOPO maps from Garmin in order to get trail data, especially if you want the device to navigate along those trails. There's a reason you get an entire continent of TOPO maps for $50 over the price of the 66s: those maps are missing a lot of useful data.