Four years ago I posted an article on a helpful trick for display GPS tracks directly in Google Maps. There have been a few changes in this area, so it seemed worth the time to revisit.
tl;dr for the impatient
- In Google Maps Classic, enter the URL of a publicly-accessible GPX or KML file into the edit field normally used for search terms. When you click the search button (or press enter), the track[s] appear on the map.
- A Ride With GPS route (of the form http://ridewithgps.com/routes/NNN) can be directly retrieved as a GPX stream by simply appending ".gpx" to the URL.
Details for everyone else
Before diving into the details, two prerequisites must be covered.