I like the updates. The 4wd roads look much better, lower in the VH. The trails look sharp and easy to follow throughout the map.
You have definitely changed the basemap color. It is more saturated and goes well with your other boundary lines. I like it better then your first version. However, it makes your flowlines difficult to see. They had much more contrast on your previous version. Maybe that was your goal? For me personally, I think that they are one of the most important elements on a hiking map. Maybe it is just me but it also give a feeling of inversion. Like they are floating on top of the basemap rather then entrenched? What do you think?
Actually no changes to the base map color. But it probably looks different because the first full sample I posted was an optimized PDF this is a med resolution JPG. There are rendering differences between the two versions of course and the optimized PDF has some other issues that may have caused the map to look different.
The best way to evaluate the map as it is intended to be used would be as a GeoPDF on an iPhone or iPad, but with this being a retail map I'm hesitant to post a finished GeoPDF copy on the web anywhere. Plus it's a big file and would kill my bandwidth allotment if a lot of people grabbed it!
I agree the contours are kind of subdued, I like they way they look but it may not be the best level of contrast for a hiking map. I'm not seeing any inversion, but I've been staring at this map for months on end so my eyes may not be fresh enough to tell. I'll play with increased saturation for the first revision.