Wikipedia:WikiProject Hiking trails

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Hello and welcome to WikiProject Hiking trails! This Wikiproject's goal is to establish a standard infobox and create/edit articles on hiking trails and trail systems throughout the world. Eventually, this project will help inform others on hiking trails worldwide and the work done to maintain them.


This WikiProject covers all trails built at least for the purpose of hiking.


  • To provide a common layout for articles on specific named trails (e.g. Appalachian Trail), not for articles just related to trail hiking (e.g. hiking)


The parent of this WikiProject is the WikiProject Geography.

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{{Infobox hiking trail}} is used for all articles within WikiProject Hiking trails; information is provided below in the Template section.

Article layout[edit]

The body of the article should try to provide the following information:

  • Route description – Include a description of the length of the trail itself
  • Geology and biology - Major mountain ranges, flora and fauna
  • History of the trail – Describes historical significance of the trail, plus its construction
  • Future – Optional section; describes future plans and developments for the trail
  • See also – Place links to related articles here. Do not link to articles already linked elsewhere in prose.
  • References – Place all references here, using the <ref></ref> tags in the article and the {{reflist}} tag in this section.
  • External links – Place all external links which are not references here

After creating or editing an article, add it to the relevant section on List of long-distance footpaths. If there is an article containing a list of hiking trails for a particular area where the trail runs, add the new entry to that list.


A general assessment of the importance of trails:

  • Top importance – articles on trail systems, or trails that are well-know internationally
  • High importance – articles on trails of national or international importance
  • Mid importance – articles on trails of subnational importance (crossing provinces or states)
  • Low importance – articles on trails of local importance


If an article is added or edited to the project, please also add it to the relevant categories: (e.g. Category:Hiking trails, Category:Hiking trails in North America, Trails in Ithaca, New York).

If five articles on hiking trails in a particular country, continent, or specific area are available, please create a category to link them together (e.g. Category:Trails in France)

The current categorization framework is as follows:


Hiking Trail Infobox[edit]

{{Infobox hiking trail}} is the primary template to be used in articles about specific hiking trails. The example on the right shows a good example of how a trail template is properly used.

Blank template[edit]

Established {{{established}}}
Length {{{length}}}
Location {{{location}}}
Designation {{{designation}}}
Trailheads {{{trailheads}}}
Use {{{use}}}
Elevation gain/loss {{{elev_gain_and_loss}}}
Elevation change {{{elev_change}}}
Highest point {{{highest_name}}}, [convert: invalid number], {{{highest}}}
Lowest point {{{lowest_name}}}, [convert: invalid number], {{{lowest}}}
Grade {{{grade}}}
Trail difficulty {{{difficulty}}}
Season {{{season}}}
Months {{{months}}}
Waymark {{{waymark}}}
Sights {{{sights}}}
Hazards {{{hazards}}}
Surface {{{surface}}}
Right of way {{{ROW}}}
Website {{{website}}}
{{Infobox hiking trail
| name =
| embed =
| cellstyle =
| photo =
| photo_size =
| photo_alt =
| caption =
| title =
| established =
| length =
| location =
| designation =
| trailheads =
| use = Hiking
| elev_gain_and_loss =
| elev_change = <!-- Use elev_gain_and_loss if the gain and/or loss is known.
                     Use this field when only the change is known. -->
| highest =
| lowest =
| grade =
| difficulty =
| season =
| months =
| waymark =
| sights =
| hazards =
| surface =
| ROW =
| website =
| map =
| map_name =
| map_caption =
| map_size =
| map_alt =
| route =
| route_state =

Parameter descriptions[edit]

Parameter Description
name Name of the trail
length_km Length of the trail in kilometers, as a single number. Will convert to miles automatically
length_mi Length of the trail in miles, as a single number. Will convert to kilometers automatically. Please only use for trails in the United States
length Length of trail, no auto-conversion. Use if you want to add more words or citation to length.
location Location of the trail including park, state, county or region where appropriate and country.
trailheads where trail begins and ends
use always include at least hiking
photo Photo of the area around the trail. Specify as filename.jpg, no need for "File:". Please use a high-resolution original (at least 300 pixels wide).
photo_size Width of displayed photo, in pixels. Defaults to 250.
photo_alt Alternate text for the displayed photo
designation Any designation which the trail has received e.g. UK National Trail or U.S. National Scenic Trail.
established Establishment date
elev_gain_and_loss The elevation gain and/or loss e.g. "{{convert|300|m|ft|-1}} gain" or "{{convert|300|m|ft|-1}} gain in; {{convert|100|m|ft|-1}} gain out". Please express the gain or loss in meters or feet, not kilometers or miles.
elev_change The sum of the altitude climbed or descended through the trail. Auto-converts units if _ft or _m suffix is used.
highest_m Elevation of highest point on trail, in either meters or feet (will autoconvert). Please use _ft only for trails in the United States
highest_name Name of highest point in trail (for use with highest_ft or highest_m)
highest Free field for highest point in trail, use when citations is needed
lowest_m Similar to highest_ etc., except describing the lowest point of the trail
grade The grade in percent, typical with former railroad right-of-ways
difficulty The difficulty of the trail for a typical healthy person based on a reliable source
season The season(s) that the trail may be hiked, or is easily accessible
months The months that the trail may be hiked, or is easily accessible
sights Significant sights along the way
hazards Major hazards that a hiker may encounter, as documented by a reliable source
surface The trail surface: natural, gravel, ballast, asphalt, etc.
ROW The current or former Right of way, e.g. railroads or railways
website Website of the organization that maintains the trail
waymark The waymark (sign or symbol) used to mark or signpost the route
map Map of the trail, if an image
map_name Map name. Default is "Trail map".
map_size Size of map (either in px or %)
map_alt Alt text for map
map_caption Caption for map
route Map of the trail, if a route diagram template
route_state Collapsed state of route map

Embed inside another Infobox[edit]

The hiking trail Infobox can be embedded inside another Infobox for seamless display of info. For example, a hiking trail that is also a protected area, such as the Kal-Haven Trail. See the testcases for more examples.

Inserting the hiking Infobox inside the parent Infobox[edit]

The hiking Infobox can only be inserted after certain field values of the parent template. Specifically, only after fields whose values are not passed to another template by the parent templates source code. In other words, the parent templates source code for the field has to output the fields' value without passing it to a template. This may require examining the parent templates source code. It is ok to insert after field values that contain internal [[]] and external links [].

{| style="float:right; clear:right; border:0; margin:-0.5em 0 0 0;"
|{{Infobox Protected area
| name = Kal-Haven Trail
| governing_body = <div>[[Michigan Department of Natural Resources]]</div>
{{Infobox hiking trail
  | embed = yes
  | cellstyle = padding:0.1em 0.3em;
  | name = Kal-Haven Trail
  | length = {{convert|34.5|mi|km|1}}

Note the <div> tag surrounding the governing_body wiki link. It is needed to reduce the vertical spacing between the governing_body field and the first hiking trail field, in this case, length.

Parent Infobox encapsulation[edit]

The parent Infobox needs to be encapsulated in a table as in the above example.

{| style="float:right; clear:right; border:0; margin:-0.5em 0 0 0;"
|(parent Infobox)


Field name Description
embed Set to embed = yes when embedding inside another Infobox.
cellstyle Set to a class/style that matches the outer Infoboxes cell class/style so that the columns line up properly. Example for using with {{Infobox protected area}}:
cellstyle = padding:0.1em 0.3em;
title A first colored header before the main infobox, used when embedded, to show the trail name


Wonderland Trail
Mt Rainier from the Cowlitz Divide along the Wonderland Trail
Length 93 miles (150 km)[1]
Location Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, United States
Trailheads Longmire Lodge
Mowich Lake
Ipsut Creek Camp Ground
Sunrise parking area
White River Camp Ground
Fryingpan Creek Trailhead
Box Canyon
Reflection Lakes
Cougar Rock
Use Hiking
Elevation gain/loss 22,000 feet (6,700 m) gain approximately[1]
Highest point Panhandle Gap 6,750 feet (2,060 m)[2]
Lowest point Ipsut Creek Campground 2,320 feet (710 m)[1]
Hiking details
Season Summer to early Fall
Months Mid-July through late September
{{Infobox hiking trail
 | name = Wonderland Trail
 | photo = CowlitzDivide.JPG
 | caption = Mt Rainier from the Cowlitz Divide along the Wonderland Trail
 | location = [[Mount Rainier National Park]], [[Washington (state)|Washington]], [[United States]]
 | length = {{convert|93|mi|km|0}}<ref name="Filley">
     {{cite book
     | author = Filley, Bette
     | year = 2002
     | title = Discovering the Wonders of the Wonderland Trail: Encircling Mount Rainier (5th edition)
     | publisher = Dunamis House
     | isbn = 1-880405-09-1
 | trailheads = [[Longmire, Washington|Longmire Lodge]] <br/> [[Mowich Lake]] <br/> Ipsut Creek Camp Ground <br/> [[Sunrise (Mount Rainier)|Sunrise parking area]] <br/> White River Camp Ground <br/> Fryingpan Creek Trailhead <br/> Box Canyon <br/> Reflection Lakes <br/> Cougar Rock
 | use = [[Hiking]]
 | elev_gain_and_loss = {{convert|22000|ft|m|-2}} gain approximately<ref name="Filley"/>
 | highest = Panhandle Gap {{convert|6750|ft|m|-1}}<ref name="SpringManningMRNP">
     {{cite book
     | author = Spring, Ira
     | authorlink = Ira Spring
     | authorlink2 = Harvey Manning
     | author2=Manning, Harvey
     | year = 1999
     | title = 50 Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park
     | publisher = The Mountaineers
     | isbn = 0-89886-572-7
 | lowest = Ipsut Creek Campground {{convert|2320|ft|m|-1}}<ref name="Filley"/>
 | season = Summer to early [[Autumn|Fall]]
 | months = Mid-July through late September
 | website = []
  1. ^ a b c Filley, Bette (2002). Discovering the Wonders of the Wonderland Trail: Encircling Mount Rainier (5th edition). Dunamis House. ISBN 1-880405-09-1. 
  2. ^ Spring, Ira; Manning, Harvey (1999). 50 Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. The Mountaineers. ISBN 0-89886-572-7. 

Hiking Project template[edit]

The {{WikiProject Hiking Trails}} template is used on the talk pages of hiking trails. The page this is placed on will automatically be added to Category:WikiProject Hiking trails.

User Page Template[edit]

The {{User WikiProject Hiking trails}} Template is used on a member's user page.

Wikiproject:WikiProject_Hiking_trails This user is a member of WikiProject Hiking trails.

U.S.A. National Trail System Template[edit]

The {{TrailSystem}} Template is an experimental template to be placed on trail pages at the bottom directing the user to various articles relevant to the U.S. Trail System and how it works.

Long-distance footpaths in the United Kingdom[edit]

The {{UK Trails}} template is place at bottom of pages for long distance trails in England, Wales and Scotland.

Stub templates[edit]

The to-do list[edit]

  • Create a Hiking Template to be placed in the Talk Pages of specific trails
  • Add Trail Template to at least one other hiking trail
  • Create a Template infobox to be placed at the bottom of pages that link to major hiking trail information and major trails
  • Have trail articles assessed
  • Create articles on named trails and have them identified as part of the project by adding {{WikiProject Hiking Trails}} to each talk page
  • Pictures of trail maps (e.g. File:Map of Appalachian Trail.png) and photos of trails
I just added photos for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Long Trail. I was pretty surprised that there were no photos yet for the Long Trail. It's pretty easy to get photos from Flickr for something like that. If there are articles that need photos, it's hiking trails. --Omarcheeseboro (talk) 15:25, 18 March 2009 (UTC)


WikiProject Hiking Trails has worked on:

Outdoor Recreation WikiProject Proposal[edit]

To all members of this WikiProject: please visit the proposal pagefor a new Outdoor Recreation WikiProject and give your feedback, especially in regards to how (and whether) it could build on and complement the work of this WikiProject and connect it to related WikiProjects.


Main tool page:
  • Reflinks - Edits bare references - adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Checklinks - Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver - Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer - Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.

External watchlist[edit]