How to draw a route

On a map or in the world, at the scale of a metropolis or neighborhood, solo or in a group … everything starts with a route.

The fundamental practice of our community of metropolitan walkers—what makes them so unique and gives them an identity—is their ability to make route proposals.
How should you go about designing a route? What tools should you use? Where should you start? With a map or directly in the field? What kinds of emotions should your trail elicit? What are some rules of thumb in trail design? Are routes a spatial or temporal art?
In this lesson, the route is conceived as a fine art.