How to deal with routes that consist (mostly or entirely) of a mix of existing paths/ways in OSM that are infrequently signposted

Forking from another discussion:

I noticed something similar on Gaia GPS (which is a US centric product that incorporates OSM as well as other sources) near Moab UT. While there aren’t any nodes in OSM, they have pulled in some “overloading” information recently from other sources and I assume that this is where the following set of “route nodes” comes from:

While on the Gaia GPS example above the markers are just put down on set distances, I could see some way of working this into guideposts. at junctions, though some of those would have to be abstracted.

I’m not aware of any path/way that has more than two routes on it, so having labels on a route could get noisy from a visual standpoint in an area which has a lot of different ones. The cleanest visual way would be to have routes alongside the ways/paths ala Acadia National Park.

updated this original post to be more focused on the specific issue.

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