I have purchased the Kaufmann map set from the BFT Store, which offers helpful directions, but the 1:60,000 scale is not ideal for backcountry navigation. I am used to the USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle maps (scale 1:24,000). I noticed that Kaufmann suggests some additional maps at the end of his guide/ map set. However, those maps do not show topo lines. So my question to anyone familiar with the BFT and the region: Are there any other maps that you can suggest and have found useful?
I made my own topo maps with National Geographic topo. I used the BFTA track. I had to split it to avoid the waypoint limitations of my Garmin etrex 30. However–you could turn the waypoints into points of interest–my Garmin can store an unlimited number of these.
I liked having the wilderness maps for each individual wilderness area – I cut the Trinity map to make it more manageable. They’re still 1:60,000 or so, but then you have context for the hike. You can see what peaks you’re looking at, and possible alternate routes in case you need to get out. We had more detailed maps for Siskiyou but otherwise the GPX track was totally sufficient.