The Magellan TRX7 GPS’s searchable database of over 115,000 OHV trails at your fingertips is a great feature, but it’s also nice to be able to import a GPX file from an outside source whenever you want to. The TRX ecosystem makes it simple to import and navigate GPX files from any source.
Why do I need GPX files for my TRX7?
One reason to look for information outside of our trail database is for areas where we don’t yet have trail data.
Magellan TRX OHV trails are sourced directly from the managing authority (National Forest Service, BLM, State, etc.), so you know that if a trail is in our system, it’s listed for OHV use. Magellan launched the TRX system in early 2016 with over 44,000 OHV trails in our map, and as of March 2017, the count is just over 115,000. That amount will continue to grow. However, there’s no need to limit navigation to just those existing trails, and you can use your Magellan GPS to navigate almost anywhere. The easiest is to create a custom route on our trip planning website at www.TRXtrailhead.com.
You can create a route by dropping waypoints along your intended route; any road or trail on our basemap can be navigated. Click here to watch our video tutorial on creating a route.
Sometimes, it’s preferable to research an area online and follow a particular trail system the same way an online reviewer did. Their routes will often include multiple sections of trail as well as some highway and dirt road segments. This way, you know you’re going to follow a route that has been previously accomplished and able to be completed in a certain amount of time. This way, you can also take along their trail notes and paper map printout for reference. You can usually easily accomplish this with a Google search using the trail name or system and the acronym “GPX”.
Where can I get GPX files for my TRX7?
Jeep the USA (http://www.jeeptheusa.com/) is a great resource for GPX tracks in the Western United States, but there are many others to choose from. Most specialize in a relatively small region, which is why we recommend searching specifically for the trail or area you’re considering going to.
Once you’ve found the track you’d like to follow, just download the file to your computer. Fortunately, GPX files are fairly small (typically less than 1MB), so you’ll never be waiting around for a huge file to transfer.
How do I get GPX files onto my TRX7?
Once you’ve got the GPX file you want, getting it into your TRX7 is easy:
- Log into your TRX account on TRXtrailhead.com.
- Click Upload GPX file in the Log
- Select the GPX file from your computer.
- Open the file to upload it to TRX Trailhead.
- Rate and add attributes to the file (if desired).
- Click Review to save the file to your Log.
The GPX file will be uploaded into TRX Trailhead as a Personal Track, which will now be available in your Log.
Now that you’ve got the GPX file in your TRX account as a track, grab your TRX7 and do the following to sync the track to your TRX7 and follow it:
- Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
- Tap Settings from the TRX Dashboard.
- Tap Manual Sync > tap OK when you’re asked to Sync with TRX Web?
- Wait a few moments for the device to sync with the TRX Trailhead.
- Tap OK when you see the notification Sync complete.
- Return to the TRX Dashboard > tap Journal.
- Find and tap the new track that was created from the GPX file in your Log.
- Tap Follow > Start to End or End to Start.
The device will navigate by giving visual as well as turn-by-turn text and voice directions to the start (or end) of that track as well as on the track itself. Any waypoints along the way will pop up at approximately 1/10th of a mile prior to arrival.
You can also import GPX files directly into your TRX7 with a microSD card (32GB or less):
- Find and download a GPX file to your computer.
- Insert a microSD card into your computer. Use a microSD card adapter if necessary.
- Move/copy the GPX file to your microSD card.
- Eject microSD card from your computer and insert into the microSD card slot on the left side of your TRX7. Make sure that you see a notification on the top right of the screen that says “SD card is mounted”.
- From the TRX Dashboard, tap Journal.
- Tap the Pencil button in your Log.
- Tap Import > tap SD Card.
- Tap the check box next to each file you want to import > tap Import.
- Wait a few moments for the file to be uploaded.
Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the resources below for more information about using GPX files with Magellan TRX.
- TRX Support: Upload GPX Files to TRX Trailhead
- TRX Support: Import GPX Files to TRX7
- Video Tutorial: Upload GPX Files to TRX Trailhead
- Video Tutorial: Route Creation on TRX Trailhead
GPX File Resources
- jeeptheusa.com (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming)
- traildamage.com (Colorado, Utah, California, Arizona, Texas, and Wyoming)
- trailsoffroad.com (“…guides for over 2,000 trails in the United States, reporting on the conditions of those trails, and updating them four times per year…”)