The file abskytrail.txt contains the 15 recommended waypoints to follow the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Sky Trail described in Pilot Getaways magazine. For a description and map of the tour, see the sidebar on page 39 of the September/October 2006 issue. The Sky Trail was developed to give pilots and their passengers a chance to enjoy the natural and historic features of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, some of which can only be seen from the air. The guide books were written by former state park pilot Jon Meunch and are available at the State Park Visitor Center store $4, (760) 767-4961.

GPS waypoints make your navigation a lot easier. You can download the waypoints as a text file, or you can enter them manually from the table below.

Download GPS waypoints:
The route in Tab Delimited Text format and the Readme text file.

(Note: Clicking on the above links will bring up the text document automatically. Windows users can right-mouse-click on the links and select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" to download the file. Macintosh users can click and hold until another menu pops up, giving you the option to download.)

The Waypoints and Coordinates:
If you cannot upload coordinates into your GPS and need to do so manually, the waypoints are listed below:

ID
LatD
LatM
N/S
LonD
LonM
E/W
ABST01 33 16.71
N
116 5.74
W
ABST02 33 0.73
N
116 6.90
W
ABST03 32 58.55
N
116 11.68
W
ABST04 33 0.28
N
116 4.45
W
ABST05 32 55.82
N
116 3.39
W
ABST06 32 45.64
N
116 3.20
W
ABST07 32 50.69
N
116 9.74
W
ABST08 32 52.95
N
116 12.39
W
ABST09 32 56.58
N
116 18.42
W
ABST10 32 59.39
N
116 25.68
W
ABST11 33 5.79
N
116 28.59
W
ABST12 33 19.29
N
116 34.00
W
ABST13 33 27.43
N
116 35.47
W
ABST14 33 23.79
N
116 25.44
W
ABST15 33 24.68
N
116 20.86
W

Meanings of columns in the above table:

ID: Four or five-character waypoint ID. Note that all user waypoints start with "2" so that they appear together on an alphabetical listing of waypoints.

LatD: Whole degrees of latitude of the waypoint.

LatM: Minutes and tenths of minutes of latitude of the waypoint (e.g. "42.37").

N/S: Always "N" to signify north latitude (required by some GPS programs).

LonD: Whole degrees of longitude of the waypoint.

LonM: Minutes and tenths of minutes of longitude of the waypoint (e.g. "25.34").

E/W: Always "W" to signify west longitude (required by some GPS programs).

source:  http://www.pilotgetaways.com/skytours/abskytrail/index.html

see also:  http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=860&dat=19780208&id=SAEQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bI8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6508,2145124

http://legacy.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080521/news_1m21pilot.html
 

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