Create a Path

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01-24-2021 12:08 PM
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RobertTeaff
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I am running ArcPro. I am curious if there is a way to create a path on a DEM from one point to another? I used lidar to create my DEM. Any ideas?

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DanPatterson
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There are many types of "paths"

Cost path?

Cost Path As Polyline (Raster Analysis)—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation

Shortest path?

Determine Travel Cost Paths To Destinations (Raster Analysis)—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation

your end goal would be useful


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RobertTeaff
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I am attempting to find the shortest distance between the two points. Supposedly where I am looking at there are an old wagon trail that can still be made out and I am not sure where to look. So I figured that they would take the shortest and smoothest path between the two places. Does that make sense? 

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DanPatterson
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Unless the wagon trail could be delineated using a flow direction/accumulation/streamflow process, I suspect you will have some difficulty coming up with a set of rules to delineate it.


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RobertTeaff
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Ok, I dont think that would work either. there are hills and small canyons between the two. Thanks anyways!

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DanPatterson
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