Photographers Trail Notes

Tips for using

trail notes


Trail Notes is a resource website designed to provide landscape photographers and outdoor enthusiast with a comprehensive guide to help you find, understand and shoot some of the best landscape photography locations in the country.

For each location, we provide 21 data points - which are intended to be informative, but brief and to the point - so you can spend your time in the field shooting instead or researching.


Tips for using the site


Search by Region

If you are planning a trip or just want to find an image/location you want to visit - it is best to start by using the LOCATIONS dropdown in the navigation bar (which is found at the upper left of any page). The locations are separated into four (4) regions, so look for the regional you are interested in to start your search. Once you have chosen a region - you will see the location images in each region.

The locations are separated into four (4) regions. Browse the locations by using the dropdown under “LOCATIONS” in the navigation bar. Once you chose a region you will see the different locations in each region.


Select A Location

Once you have found the location you are interested in - move the cursor over that image and click on the “MEMBER ACCESS” button. This will take you to the location summary page.



Sortable Location Map

An alternate way to search for a location is to use the LOCATION MAP found under the MEMBERS dropdown in the navigation bar at the top of any page. You can then sort the Location Map by: region, state or individual location.



Chose A Location

On the Location Map, if you click on any of the red pins on the map, an information popup will appear. The popup includes: location name, where it is near, what region and state it is in and a direct link to the Trail Notes location summary.



Location Summary

The heart of our website is what we called the Location Summary. This summary includes 21 data points for each location including GPS coordinates, trail ratings, detailed directions, and vital information for best understanding the location from a photographic standpoint. We also include information on weather, cell service, nearby lodging & restaurants and other resources.

Additionally, at the top of each LOCATION SUMMARY - we provide a quick overview of the location and try to include personal thoughts and impressions of the location when we first visited it.




Toward the bottom of each Location Summary is a display of Other Photography Locations Around. Simply, click on any of the images and it will take you directly to the Location Summary for that image.

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Keep an eye out for Upcoming Locations. You will find them under the “LOCATIONS” dropdown in the navigation bar on the top left.

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We usually send out notifications of new locations around the 9th of each month.