Garmin eTrex Legend Instructions


Five buttons and a mini-joystick control all functions on the Garmin eTrex Legend personal GPS. The Legend provides built-in maps and special travel tools that make this GPS useful in urban areas as well as on back country trails. Download new maps and updates to the Legend's operating system with the unit's USB cable, a personal computer and Internet connection.

Right Buttons

  • Press and hold the power button on the bottom right until the display activates, then release. Another quick press lights the display--to turn the GPS off, press and hold again. You'll see the satellite page on the Legend's screen--this is the first of five different pages that access all the device's many functions. Wait for the Legend to acquire the necessary satellite signals before continuing. The first time you use the GPS this may take a few minutes. If you can't get a strong signal move to an area with fewer obstructions--satellites may be low on the horizon. Change pages with the button on the upper right.


  • The thumbstick--a five position weatherproof switch located at the upper left of the display--controls cursor position onscreen, enters information and selects menu options. Push the thumbstick toward the top and the cursor will move to the upper menu bar. Push the thumbstick to the right and select either the Option Menu or Main Page Menu. Scroll up or down within the menus by pushing the thumbstick up or down. Select functions or change pages by pressing in on the thumbstick. To exit the menus, press the thumbstick either to the right or the left.

Left Buttons

  • Two buttons on the left of the GPS change function with pages. On the Satellite page, the buttons increase or decrease contrast. On the Map page the buttons zoom in and zoom out for more or less map detail and changes of map scale. Within a list, use the buttons to jump to the first or last listing on a page and to scroll to the next page of information. The third and bottom button selects the Legend's Find function, one of the innovations of this Garmin model. The onboard database stores both maps and location data, and provides a list of points of interest, cities and towns, waypoints and stops saved by the owner.

Plotting Routes

  • To create a route from your current location to a destination of your choice, press the Find button. Select the type of destination--for example, a waypoint you created earlier on a hike. You may have a long list of waypoints saved. First select the Waypoint list by highlighting it in the menu and pressing in on the thumbstick. The first menu allows sorting by either name or by nearness to your present position. Choose one and scroll up or down to find and select your destination waypoint. Follow the menu prompts to create a map track that leads to the waypoint.

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