Strava Routes on Web

Creating Routes

With a Strava subscription, you can create new routes from scratch by clicking the Create New Route button near the top of the My Routes page. Use the panel on the left-hand side to set your preferences, including whether you’d like a mostly paved or dirt route.

  • Choose between running and riding to generate routes optimized for each sport.
  • Select whether you’d like your route to follow the most popular or direct route, whether you’d like to minimize or maximize elevation, and whether you’d preferred paved or dirt surfaces.
  • Using the global heatmap layer or showing the segments along your route is a great way to discover new routes that are popular in the Strava community.

While creating your route, you can click on the map to select waypoints or search for a location, landmark, or address you’d like to include in the route with the search bar at the top of the page. The map will jump to a waypoint for the chosen location and you’ll have the option to add it to your route.


Any Strava athlete can create a route from your own activities or someone else's activities. Strava subscribers can make additional edits to routes created from activities. Please note this feature is only available for someone else's activities depending on their privacy settings.

  1. From the Strava website, navigate to the activity page where you'd like to create the route.
  2. Click the more (ellipses) icon on the left-hand side. Select Create Route.
  3. You will be re-directed to the Strava route builder, where Strava will create the route based on the activity data.


Before you save your route, you have the option to mark your route private. Private routes can only be seen by you. Private routes can be made public at any time by editing the route, unchecking the private checkbox, and clicking Save.

Managing your Routes

To access routes you've created and starred hover over your Dashboard tab and select My Routes from the drop-down menu.

  • You can star routes created by other athletes to save them to your routes page.
  • To edit or delete a route, click the wrench icon located under the route star and select the appropriate option from the drop-down menu.


Estimated Moving Time for a Strava Route

Your estimated moving time for a route is calculated by your 4-week average speed or pace. On your profile, you'll see your average distance per week and your average time per week based on your last 4 weeks of activities. We take that average to estimate your moving time for the route. If you share the route, the estimated moving time will be adjusted based on the viewer's profile stats.

Following a Route

  • You can export a route by selecting Export on the route page.
    • Choose to download the TCX or GPX file depending on what your device will accept.
      • GPX files are best if you have base maps installed because it will display both a styled map and text-based directions.
      • TCX files are best when you don't have base maps installed. Save the downloaded file to your computer and plug in your GPS device so it's recognized as a USB drive.
    • Open the "Garmin" folder on that drive and find the folder labeled, "NewFiles."
    • Move your downloaded TCX or GPX file there.
    • Once the file has transferred, you can disconnect your Garmin and look for the Route in "Courses" on the device.
  • From the Strava app for iPhone or Android, create or star a route as explained above. Then, navigate to the record screen in the app. Click the route icon and from the list of routes select Use Route. This will load the route on the record screen for navigation. Tap the route icon again to switch or clear the route. Should you need to head back early, the Route Back to Start feature will plot the most efficient path back to the start of your activity. 
  • If you don’t have a GPS device, we’ve also provided handy printer-friendly cue sheets that you can print out and share.

Improving Route Builder

The underlying map data for routes comes from our map provider, OpenStreetMap. If you notice any problems with the map used for routes, you can report those problems directly to OSM:


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