The 101 free maps listed below were hand-built by Tom Herbertson, based on the driving directions provided by Elizabeth and Christopher in their book Base Camp Reno: 101 Hikes From Sage to Snow published by Imbrifex Books in April 2022. All of the maps start in downtown Reno at the Sign proclaiming Reno as “The Biggest Little City in the World” and provide the best driving routes to each of the 101 trailheads described by the authors in the book.
Special Note: When these maps were created, some of the roads were subject to snow and seasonal closures and and so some of the routes might not always follow the directions in the book to the trailheads, because the underlying Google database prevents us from creating maps on roads with construction or seasonal closures. But the route shown on the maps is as close to the author’s instructions as we could get them. In some cases, the parking lots to the trailheads described in the book are not indexed by the Google Maps program and we could not get the mapping program to draw the “line” to the trailhead. The most accurate descriptions to these trailheads are found in the book and were checked in-person by the authors on more than one occasion.
You can use these maps as is, or add your own additional points of interest by registering for a free account on RoadTripAmerica.com. If you don’t already have an account, you can register here. The account is free and allows you to customize, save, and share maps. Please read the instructions below this list for more info on how to use, customize, save, and share your maps.
Scenic Drives to Hikes in the Northeastern Sierra Nevadas
001 Frenchman Lake
002 Adam’s Peak
003 Lakes Basin
004 Beckworth Pass Loop
005 Badenough Waterfalls
006 Babbit Fire Tower
007 Sardine Peak
008 Stampede Overlook
009 Little Truckee River
010 Verdi Fire Tower
011 Boca Ridge
012 Truckee River Canyon
Scenic Drives to Hikes in the North Valleys
020 Dogskin Mountain
021 Moon Rocks
022 Warm Springs Mountain
023 Freds Mountain
024 Hungry Valley
025 Hungry Ridge Loop
026 Granite Hills
027 Swan Lake
028 Spanish Benchmark
Scenic Drives to Hikes in the Pah Rah Range
Please note that each map includes the described route from the book and 3-4 of the RTA attractions found along it. You can add additional attractions from the book or points of interest of your own choosing to the maps.
After registering, you will be able to customize any and all of the 101 maps listed above by navigating to “Advanced Maps” (in the navigation bar at the top of every page) or clicking here.
On the left hand column of the “Advanced Maps” page you will see some tables labeled as follows:
My Custom Places
My Drawn Routes
RTA Map Library — this is where you will find the list of maps that correspond to the routes in the book.
All the routes described in 101 Hikes in Colorado’s Front Range are labeled like this: West BCD-##-Hike Name (where ## represents the hike number associated with that map). So, the first one you will see in that list is called “West-BCD-01-Denver to Pawnee Buttes Trailhead.” The easiest way to see all 101 routes is to use the bcd in the keyword search box.
If you click on the blue line under the number next to the word “West” it will open the link to the route.
Some key elements to note:
1. If you click on the blue flag labeled “1” you will find a description of the route and details about long it takes to drive this route.
2. The icons that have little colored flags are RoadTrip Attractions published by RoadTrip American contributing writers. They are not specifically related to Pete KJ’s hiking guide, just a quick means of getting to the trailhead.
You can save this RTA Library map into your personal collection of maps. Here are some general instructions about how to do that:
To modify a RTA Library Map and Save it as one of your Personal Maps:
Click on the number link. At this point, you can add your personal Custom Places and then save whatever is on your screen as a map. Just click the “Save Map” button. The map’s name will now appear in the “My Maps” box in the left-hand column.
To create a new map based on the original RTA Library Map + some new places that you’d like to add, you will be using the RTA Custom Maps “Waypoints” system. The Waypoints system is explained in greater detail on the Advanced Maps page — look for MAP INSTRUCTIONS.
Once you have added any new Custom Places, you would save the new map that you just created. Note: The resulting blue line route might not follow the exact route of the RTA Library Maps because there is a limitation on the number of waypoints available (23 waypoints plus the beginning and ending locations) but you can use the RTA flags and your new Custom Places markers as those waypoints and choose your new starting and ending locations. The resulting map will be very similar to the original RTA Library Map. (For more information about using the “Waypoint” system, see post #1 in this thread.)
And if you need help with any of this, please get in touch with us via email to email@example.com. You can also join the map discussion on the Trip Advice Planning Forum.