How to Read a Topographic Map

The primary purpose of a topographic map is to accurately represent the shape of the Earth’s surface. Topographic maps also represent streets and trails, vegetation, streams and every type of feature that may positively or negatively impact your ability to navigate through the terrain.

compass lying on topographic maps

For more information using an actual map…

Editor’s note: This post was written by Jason Robert and originally ran on ITS Tactical.