Using the Garmin Map

Download the map

You will receive an email with a link to download the map after the PayPal transaction completes which usually takes about a minute. The link can be used to download the current version of the map until your subscription expires.

The map can be used beyond the subscription period but it will be out of date. For personal use, you may install the map on any Windows PC, Mac, compatible Garmin GPS receiver that you own.

Use the map on your computer

Garmin BaseCamp is a free desktop application that is used to view the map on a Windows PC or Mac.

  • View the map on your computer.
  • Print or take screen shots of the map.
  • Create waypoints or planned routes to load onto your GPS.
  • Downloading tracks from your GPS to your computer for viewing, saving or sharing.

Windows Installation

Video Instructions

Text Instructions

Install the Map

Garmin BaseCamp is used to view the map your PC.

  1. Download the Windows version of the California Trail Map.
  2. Run the downloaded file to install the map on your computer.
  3. Download and install Garmin BaseCamp
  4. Select California Trail Map as the active map.

Install the Map on your Garmin GPS

Garmin MapInstall is used to load the map onto your GPS.

  1. Install the map onto your PC (left).
  2. Install MapInstall for Windows.
  3. Connect the GPS receiver to your PC using a USB cable.
  4. Start Garmin MapInstall from the Windows Start Menu.
  5. Confirm that the GPS is recognized and select Continue.
  6. Select the maps to install(Land Boundary, Transparent or Topo).
  7. Click Install then Install again.
  8. The map is now installed on your GPS.
  9. Select the the map on your GPS.

Transparent map can be used on top of other maps.

Update the Map on your Garmin GPS

To update a map, you must first remove the existing version of the map using MapInstall.

Mac Installation

Install the Map

Garmin MapManager is used to load the map onto your Mac.
Garmin BaseCamp is used to view the map your Mac.

  1. Download and Install Garmin MapInstall and MapManager for Mac.
  2. Download the Mac version of the California Trail Map.
  3. Double click on the downloaded map file CaliforniaTrailMap.gmapi
  4. MapManager launches and the map installation box appears.
  5. Click Install.
  6. Repeat steps 5 through 7 for CaliforniaTrailMapTopo.gmapi
  7. The maps are now installed on your Mac for use with MapInstall or Garmin BaseCamp.

Install the Map on your Garmin GPS

Garmin MapInstall for Mac is used to load the map on your GPS.

  1. Install the map onto your Mac using Garmin MapManager(left).
  2. Connect your GPS receiver to your Mac using a USB cable.
  3. Start Garmin MapInstall.
  4. Select the maps to install(Land Boundary, Transparent or Topo).
  5. Complete the map installation and disconnect the GPS from your computer.
  6. Select the the map on your GPS.

Transparent map can be used on top of other maps.

Update the Map on your Garmin GPS

To update a map, you must first remove the existing version of the map using MapInstall.

Select the map on your Garmin GPS

Important

You will need to select the California Trail Map as the active map for the GPS to display.

To select the map on a Nuvi:

  1. From the map view select Menu.
  2. Select Tools (Wrench icon).
  3. Select Settings (Wrench icon).
  4. Select Map.
  5. Select Map Info.
  6. All installed maps are listed.
  7. Uncheck the base map, something along the lines of CN North America NT.
  8. Verify that the California Trail Map is selected.
  9. Select Back, Back, Back, Back...
  10. Select View map and you're ready to roll.

Remember: You will need repeat these steps when you want to view the base(street) map installed with the GPS receiver.

Use the map on your Garmin GPS

Zoom Layers

The map has 7 layers of detail used when zooming in and out.  Nuvi receivers will automatically adjust the zoom level based on your speed.  Because of this, you may find that the map loses detail when as you increase speed.  If you're not getting enough detail, zoom in on the map and the number of features will increase.

Adjust Detail Level

BaseCamp and GPS receivers have a setting to increase or decrease map detail. You can use this if you want to see POIs, roads or topo lines sooner than they appear by default. Use this with caution because it can clutter a small screen making the map less usable.

Routing

The map provides search funcitonality but it does not support autorouting. It will not calculate the distance or provide step by step directions from your current location to the destination.

Existing routing features of your GPS can be retained by using the Transparent version of the trail map with the street map currently installed on your GPS.

BaseCamp Training Videos by Garmin

BaseCamp Training  Videos

GPS Tutorials

Edit the name of a map on a Garmin GPS

Edit the name of a map on Garmin GPS using JaVaWa IMGname.
This is useful with GPS receivers that display a cryptic map name.

Convert GPX data to a transparent Garmin map.

Convert GPX data to a transparent Garmin map using JaVaWa IMGfromGPX.
This is useful with GPS receivers that do not support loading tracks.

Compatible Garmin GPS Receivers

Compatibale with all units that use Garmin MapInstall including:

  • Colorado
  • Dakota
  • Dezl
  • Edge
  • eTrex
  • eTrex Legend
  • eTrex Venture
  • eTrex Vista
  • GPSMAP
  • iQue
  • Montana
  • NavTalk
  • Nuvi
  • Oregon
  • Rino
  • StreePilot
  • Zumo

Not compatibale with:

  • inReach Explorer(Garmin label on Delorme GPS)
  • Marine units(no USB)

 

 

 

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