Most mapping programs are very sparse on features, and only very slowly getting better. Although the web based programs are evolving much more rapidly, each is very lacking in very many ways.LititzDude said:What I would like to do is have the trails by color, line type and name in a legend to keep the map clean, as it has a lot of small sections and no room on the map. This is something I would like to print and copy for the Land manager, as we are making some changes after they logged it.
Programs like Garmin Topo include the whole US for only $80, but the tracks color can't be changed and the medium resolution contour lines are designed for GPS utility, not for paper maps. It's your worst choice.
Clearly the best program for this is National Geographic TOPO! which costs about $80, but that's per each state, or group of small states. It has great resolution and colors and shading, as it starts from a picture of the professional quality USGS maps for it's background. It allows you to split tracks into small sections and color each track differently with 7 colors and 6 line styles (42 combinations). The output looks like a professional quality map, and I sometimes print them on National Geographic "Adventure Paper" that's much tougher than regular paper and the ink jet print doesn't run in the rain. The maps look beautiful. There's no legend capability, but you can annotate as you wish. There's also a cheap ($25?) 3D add on that makes the maps look beautiful. See 3D example of one of my rides here.
For an example of someone (Bill Levey) who a few years back took a GPS and made some extensive maps of Henry Coe park with National Geographic software, see this web site. He removed the background, perhaps because Henry Coe is so huge (30-50 miles) that it makes too much clutter on the screen and is hard to download.
Look here for a smaller section where he left in the National Geographic topo background. All of his maps of the park can be found here. (I"vie done most of these trails - it's a fabulous remote park, 30 minutes from San Jose. My GPS is very valuable in navigating these remote trails.)
BIll Levi also allows you to download the NG source file and place it over the NG background yourself, so you can make waypoints if you have the NG software, which I do.