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GPX Files

Download GPX Files Of My Hikes & Backpacking Trips

Below is a list of GPX files from my backpacking trips for you to download. These are listing in chronological order of when I’ve hiked them.


Sawtooth Wilderness High Route, ID – 8 Days, 67 Miles
Eagles Nest Wilderness (Gore Mountains), CO – 4 Days, 25 Miles
Pinto Valley Wilderness, NV – 3 Days, 25 Miles
Coxcomb Mountains (Joshua Tree National Park), CA – 3 Days, 25 Miles
High Sierra Loop – Kings Canyon & John Muir Wilderness, CA – 10 Days, 90 Miles
Chapel/Mosquito Loop – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI – 1 Day, 15 Miles
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA – West Fork Foss Lakes Trail – 4 Days, 20 Miles
Sierra Ancha Wilderness, AZ – 3 Days, 30 Miles
Big Bend National Park, TX – 7 Days, 85 Miles
High Uintas Wilderness – 8 Days, ~95 Miles
Wind River Range, WY – 8 days, 100 Miles
Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, MI – 2.5 days, ~27 Miles
Jordan River Pathway, MI – 2 Days, 20 MIles
Black Forest Trail, PA – 4 Days, 40 Miles
Superstition Wilderness, AZ – 7 Days, 92 Miles
Weminuche Wilderness, CO – 6 Days, 50 Miles
High Country Pathway(HCP), MI – 4 Days, 82 Miles
Superstition Wilderness, AZ – 4 Days, 20+ Miles
Linville Gorge Wilderness, NC – 5 Days, 33 Miles
Maroon Bells Wilderness, CO – 6 Days, 38 Miles
Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV – 4 Days, 22 Miles
Gila Wilderness, NM – 6 Days, 45 Miles

For navigation, I use a Garmin Oregon 450 GPS on my trips. I use Garmin’s Basecamp application to view, edit, and modify routes and tracks. Lately, I’ve been using caltopo to create my maps instead of Basecamp. With caltopo, I can export the route as a gpx file and load that onto my GPS.



6 Responses

  1. Jaron VanOrd


    I am trying to download the GPX file for the Linville Gorge Loop you took as I plan on hiking that this June. The site will not let me download the file. Can you please email this to me? Also, I”m trying to figure out where you started and cannot find any good maps to help me out. At first glance of the mapped route, it looks like you started at the northern end but judging from what you wrote up about the hike, it appears that you started on the SE portion of the loop? Please advise.

    Thank you,

    Jaron VanOrd


    April 22, 2013 at 1:03 am

    • MetalBackpacker

      Hi Jaron,

      Check your email… sent you the GPX file of my route as well as the linville gorge “master” gpx file with waypoints of all the campsites, etc. My gpx file is simply the route I hiked. You can overlay that route on the linville master file and have my route with all of the waypoints of where important things are.

      The start and end point was at Spence Ridge trailhead. I couldn’t find any maps of the area either… my gps got me close and we made a few wrong turns before finally finding it. We lost all sense of direction in the winding roads and dense fog, so maybe on a clear day it would have been easier to find. I can’t recall much else about it’s location, but I’m sure the guys over at the forum would be able to give you more precise directions.

      We did start on the northern end on the east side but not the most northerly point. Spence Ridge TH is approx 70% “up” from the northern end of our intended hike and the MST river crossing point in the south. We reached or northerly terminus on Sitting Bear Mtn, and turned around on the morning of day 2 and headed south. We were going to cross at Devil’s Hole, but had to backtrack all the way back to our starting point at Spence Ridge in order to cross at the ridge do to high water in the river. Hopefully that clears that up.

      Let me know if you need anything else. Have a good hike!


      April 24, 2013 at 2:42 am

  2. Dan Conn

    Could please sent me the GPX file for your Dolly Sods trip I can not open it from your site. I’m leaving on my trip 5/2/14.


    April 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm

  3. Matt

    I want to take my son to the Manistee river. Do you have a GPX file for that trail?


    September 7, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    • MetalBackpacker

      Just emailed it to you! I’ll post it up here once I get a trip report posted for the Manistee River Loop. Going again myself in a few weeks, this will be my 4th time there. And still, no trip report! Shame on me.


      September 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm

  4. Steve Smith

    Nice trip report. Very helpful as I am planning on trekking the loop in July (2017). Thanks!!


    March 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

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