Here are my findings:
Winner for best interface:
Easily upload .gpx and a host of other formats. Also converts/outputs many different formats.
Or you can plot out your course over the maps (based on google-maps api).
Course includes elevation, distance, starting coordinates.
Email course to friend.
Integrate trail into your Blog.
Extremely closeRunner Up:
This is basically the same as gpsies. One of the main differences is, the sidebar has direct integration with Flickr, so you can see geo-coded pics that other people have taken in the area. I flip back & forth between these 2 websites, but over-all I think gpsies has a cleaner interface. Sample
Winner for best source of information:
Granted, this will probably change greatly depending on your specific area, but for me this website had the most trails. Nothing fancy like the other websites, but if the ultimate goal is to find a new trail to hike on...this is the resource I have been using most. Displays info from TOPO! and allows you to download the TOPO! (which would be cool if GPS Babel could convert, but it can't..see my thread)
This is probably a good time to mention, that all the websites I looked at (with the exception of 1 or 2) are user-driven...meaning that exposure and user input really dictate how well of a resource it is. Hopefully, over time, one of the 2 winning websites will become more and more popular here in the US.
Below are the websites that I looked at which I think are worth noting. I italisized the most important things to note about each site:
Also based on the Google Maps API. Decent interface, just not as complete as the others. Decent exposure.(exposure=amount of trails in USA)
Also based on the Google Maps API. Decent interface, bad exposure.
Decent source of info with .gpx downloads including waypoints & tracks.
Easy way to get a bunch of way-points into gps, but bad exposure.
TOPO! Exchange Looks like it has good exposure, but since .tpo files are 100% useless without the software...doesn't do anything for me.
Forum for TOPO! exchanges, could prove useful to someone (not me though, as discussed earlier...can't do anything with .tpo files)
Could be usefull information source if you don't mind searching forums.
Could be a useful source of information, if you really want to search for something interesting in your area.
Another rendition of the Gmaps api that falls short of the winning 2. Would be nice if all of the gmap renditions were consolidated (maybe that's what someone should take a day off to do)
Other sites I searched, but don't have really anything to say about (meaning...I didn't like them for one reason or another)
...and some more that I can not remember. Hope this info helps someone.
This post has been edited by mike909: 27 March 2007 - 12:49 PM