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About routes

Routes are strings of routepoints along which user is guided or navigated during his activity - hiking, biking etc.

Routes are pre-planned, drawn on maps or imported and put into navigation devices so that we can travel along their lines. Tracks that were recorded by you or someone else can be turned into routes when we need to navigate them.

Routes can be drawn manually on the map or automatically by a router - running online or offline within the app, as an external online routing service, offline routing app, PC software or web application. Locus Map provides several methods of creating routes:

  • Route planner - tool for manual and automatic drawing of routes with routing service assistance
  • Changing tracks to routes - using tracks as routes for navigation

Route planner

Quick reference

For a quick reference, check the basics video tutorial:

How to start it

The planner can be switched on in several ways:

Route planner screen

  1. Drawing mode selector - select among manual and automatic modes. The currently active mode is indicated on the button.
  2. add/remove route shaping points
  3. back/forward - move along planning process steps
  4. content panel - slides out a panel with selection of maps and other layers
  5. centering - centers the screen on your current GPS location
  6. zooming - zooms the map in or out (buttons can be hidden in route menu > settings)
  • Topbar - contains Itinerary and the Route menu
  • Bottom bar - displays basic route stats (length, estimated time, positive and negative elevation gain) and elevation chart button, sliding the chart up. Available only with Premium:

Route line

  • shaping point - basic point building the route, can be changed into via point.
  • segment point - forms on the line between shaping points. Changes to a new shaping point when shifted. Indicates activity for which the route segment was planned. Tapping it opens the option to re-calculate the segment in a different profile.
  • via point - place through which you want to go during navigation. Its name is announced by voice navigation when you navigate the route.

The line between points runs along roads and paths in case of automatic drawing or stretches straight in case of manual drawing.

Drawing instructions

Set your drawing mode

  • tap the drawing mode button,

    choose how to draw and confirm SET:
    • manual mode - only plain line stretches between shaping points:

      This is useful for simple distance measurement or for areas not covered by routing data (off-road and off-path areas). Manual can be quickly switched on when you long-press the drawing mode button.
    • , , etc. router mode - line calculated by a router is rendered between shaping points:

      The shape of the line depends on selected profile - car or bike routes run along roads, MTB or walking routes along paths etc. The router profiles are provided by a selected router. To set up routing profiles, tap the button under the selection:

      To select a different router, tap the button above the selection:
    • Include navigation commands - when checked, Locus creates also direction commands related to the new route which can be used for voice navigation.

You can also use third party routers

  • offline BRouter works for free and you can use it with any version of Locus Map. More here >>
  • online GraphHopper renders two routes at once, for each route segment individually Available only with Premium Gold:

Add shaping points

The route is built by shaping points added on map:

  • by tapping (points are added on the cursor position)
  • by tapping directly on map (this option can be turned off in the route menu)

The route line, rendered between shaping points, contains also segment points . Both shaping and segment points can be moved on map and the route is immediately re-rendered accordingly. By moving a segment point you change it into a shaping point and new segment points are created in between.

NEVER place the shaping points on intersections! The router needs to know the direction after the turn so that it can add the proper navigation command to it. Locus marks the wrongly placed shaping points by a red circle:

Via points

Via points are places you want to go through when navigating the route - the voice navigation will notify you of them and in case of route recalculation the via points are not detoured.

Via points can be created out of shaping points, LoPoints, your own user points or by defining new points individually.

Change to a via point

  • tap a shaping point and select Change to from the bottom panel:
  • switch the button to the “via point”
  • rename the via point (optional) and confirm. Via point in the planner:
  • after saving the route the via point is marked by an icon:

By moving a via point on the map in the route planner it changes back to a shaping point.

Add LoPoints

LoPoints can be added to your route too:

  • tap a LoPoint on map
  • select where to put it in the route - at the start, end or inside:
  • when you select to add the LoPoint at the end:
  • when you select to add it inside the route:

Add your own points

Your own interesting places or downloaded geocaches can be added to your route:

  • display your selected points on map (Menu > Points > select whole folder or individual points)
  • add them to your route the same way as LoPoints (see above):

Add individually defined points

Define a new point by an address, coordinates, projection, etc., and add it to your route.

  • open route menu from the topbar:
  • tap Add point and select method of your new point definition from the location selector:

Define areas to avoid

If you know a place on the route you can not go through but which is not reflected by the map or routing data - e.g. temporary roadblock, wood harvesting in the forest, flooded area, etc., tell route planner to avoid it.

  • shift cursor on the spot you want to block and select Add no-go from the route menu:
  • if necessary, set the means of transport the no-go area is valid for, the area radius (25, 50, 100, 500, 1000 m) and time of validity (tap the no-go area on map):
  • route planner makes detours around the no-go areas:
  • to delete a no-go area, tap the menu:
  • the route without detours:

Undo, re-do, remove points

  • to remove last added shaping point, tap
  • to reverse all edits (adding points, moving them), tap back button(see above, 3)
  • to repeat reversed steps, tap forward button(see above, 3)

Recalculate segment or whole route


If you changed your mind and you want to use a different activity for a part of the planned route, OR the automatically drawn segment doesn't suit your purposes, you can have it recalculated:

  • tap the selected segment point
  • tap recalculate and select another activity
  • confirm:

Recalculate all

You can also recalculate the whole planned route for a different activity:

  • plan or open a route
  • open the drawing mode selector and choose a new routing profile
  • tap Recalculate all:

Render a round trip automatically

Available only with Premium Gold

Locus Map can create your round trip automatically, based on defined distance and direction.

  • place the starting point on the map
  • tap Suggest a new round trip in the route menu
  • select activity or means of transport (service is provided by GraphHopper only)
  • set direction and distance
  • tap GENERATE

View the itinerary

  • tap the topbar button to view the itinerary - order of the shaping points and via points:
  • you can change the order of the points by dragging the left part of the lines:
  • to display elevation charts of the segments between the points, switch them on in the route menu > Settings > Itinerary - Show chart:

Check route stats, charts and estimated travel time

  • quick check the distance, estimated time on the route, and the elevation gain - see the bottom bar. The ETT is just approximate.
  • elevation chart - Available only with Premium slides up when you tap the chart button:

    Tap the chart to see the position on the route on the map.
  • way types and surfaces - Available only with Premium Gold further help to fine-tune your route. Displayed only when LoRouter is set up. The chart dynamically changes according to your route edits (adding points, moving them…)
  • check more details about the route - Route menu > Route stats:

  • check detailed Estimated travel time - Route menu > Travel time:

    You can select the route activity - 3 types of walk, 9 types of bike and 3 of cross-country skiing.


The ETT is calculated from a combination of various parameters. These include distance, elevation profile, estimated speed, estimated elevation gain/loss per hour or a certain amount of break time specific for particular activities.

Instant navigation

You can start navigation along the planned route right from the route planner:

  • open route menu
  • tap Navigate!

Save route

When you are done with all edits, save your route!

  • open route menu
  • tap Save route
  • add name of the route (optional - Locus usually inserts names of the route start/end places automatically)
  • add description (optional)
  • set activity - good for overall statistics
  • select folder - tell Locus where to store the route
  • set style - color, thickness, pattern… Usually it is not necessary, the folder style is pre-selected.

If you are dissatisfied with your planning or for whatever reason want to abort all planning, tap Clear planner in the route menu:

“Clear planner” does NOT erase No-go areas. These are kept active even out of route planner, e.g. for navigation. To delete them, tap each no-go area and delete them individually.


Route menu contains a submenu of setting options:

Line style

Here you can set the color, width, pattern and other graphical aspects of the route line:

In order to avoid too steep hills you can set route color to dynamic slope style Available only with Premium and define an unacceptable range of the slope angle, i.e. 10%-30%. Locus will highlight such places for you:

so you can re-plan the route:

Retaining unsaved plan

By default, route planner retains your unsaved plan and offers to continue your work on it when restarted:

If you want a new route plan each time you use the planner, uncheck the option.

Quick drawing

To turn off adding shaping points by tapping the map screen, uncheck this option.

Via points as default

When this option is checked, the route is created from viapoints only:

Measuring area

Do you want to measure area of your property? Check this option in the menu (or long-press the distance box in the bottom bar), Locus will color the area on map and display the area value in the bottom bar:

Measuring areas works correctly only when convex areas are drawn!

Long tap on +

Here you can define the action after long-pressing the + button for adding points:

Allow edit of navigation points

With this option checked, you can add points with navigation commands or change shaping/via points into them:

Itinerary - show chart

This option displays elevation charts of the route segments in the itinerary:

Zoom buttons

If you don't need them on the route planner screen turn them off (you can still zoom in/out by pinching or double-tapping/shifting).

Show magnifier

A convenient tool especially for those with weaker eyes - the magnifier always emerges when you move any part of the route.

This setting turns the magnifier on/off also in the track editor.

Using tracks as routes

Tracks can be turned into routes when they are intended for navigation or guidance:

Web planner

to be added soon…

manual/user_guide/tracks/planning.txt · Last modified: 2023/07/18 15:35 by mstupka