Thursday, March 29, 2012

CFPA's eTrailhead Inspires Shelton

On a recent hike along the New England Trail on Route 66 Middlefield, I (Teresa) spotted something I had never seen before at a trailhead kiosk: 

Seriously? Had to try that out.  I used my Droid's bar code scanner application, and scanned in the bar code. (If you have a smart phone, you can also scan in the code from this photo).

I was taken to a webpage with some basic information about CFPA and the trail, including a link to a map.  When I clicked the link to the map, I was prompted for my email address so I could be added to their mailing list.  They already have my email for that, so this was not a problem for me. 

And here's the map on my phone. I could pan, zoom in, and zoom out. Nice!  I happened to have a better CFPA map in my pocket that day, but most people appear to head out to the trails unprepared. I've repeatedly had to give people directions and in some cases have just given them my map.  

Back home, I did some research and discovered that these square "QR" codes are very easy to generate via free websites, and Shelton can easily begin to incorporate this concept into our own trailheads kiosks and other places. If you look at the latest edition of Shelton Life, there is an article about Eklund Garden, and within that article is a box for Trail Events that includes one of these QR codes.  Scan the code and you will be able to see our up-to-date schedule of guided hikes and work parties.  We'll also have this code at the trailheads, along with codes for trail maps. 


  1. I have yet to see any other places for the QR Code.. The Higby Mtn. site is the only one so-far. It would be nice, though, if CFPA did make the site a little more opened to their members. (which, I joined about a year ago.) The map provided, is a little limited to strictly a raster map, but with no geodesic coordinates.. I've tried scanning in pages from the Walkbook, but because no scanner can accurately line-up, they tend to be off by several degrees. (and tracing the map into a generic GPX to load into a portable GPS, makes it worse to follow.. Example being more than 300-feet off trail, when you know you're right ON the trail.)

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