In today’s world of fast growing technology, there are a wide variety of new tools that are available for the avid hiker. Before you start out on any hiking adventures taking the time to map out a route and gather your hiking gear is always a good idea, and what better way than on your electronic devices. With so many applications out there we have gathered the top rated hiking apps for iPhones and Android users.
This app is free to both iPhone and Android users. It has over 50,000 tails that are located in across the United States and Canada as well. This app allows you to create your own trails. AllTrails offers GPS tracking and offers you the ability to take photos and texts. This allows you to be to able to share your adventures with others across multiple social media sites. AllTrails also offers multiple ways to search for trails, like based on your location. There is a yearly membership that costs fifty dollars, which will give you access to the pro version. This pro version gives you access to the National Geographic Maps and grants you the ability to print and edit the maps.
- MapMyHike GPS Hiking
MapMyHike is available on both iPhones and Androids and is currently a free application. This one is a combination of hiking and weight loss apps. You are able to map out hiking trails and can also view the most used traveled paths. It also allows you to be able to log your food, tracks caloric intake, and also is able to sync a wearable device to the app. MapMyHike will also track the duration, distance, and elevation of your hiking adventures. A personal training plan and heart rate analysis are available for $5.99 a month or $29.99 a year.
With versions available for iPhone and Android this app is free on both. It is not your everyday hiking app, but also comes with the ability to document and journal about everything. Ramblr will archive everything from; your routes, distance that you have traveled, and your average speed. There is also an option for you to be able to record videos, take pictures, and add texts, all of which will allow you to be able to relive your greatest hiking moments. This app also lets you upload and share your journey with other Ramblr users.
This app is for the very safety conscious. It is currently only available on iPhones, and it is free. Cairn does two different things, the first thing it does is crowdsources information on where you are able to get a mobile signal, which will also log your location. The second thing it does is to allow you the ability to leave a trip plan with your friends and family. It will also track your progress and if you are overdue it will alert your selected contacts with a map of your location.
This application will add a fun aspect to your hikes. For those that do not know, Geocaching is like a modern day treasure hunt. People will hide small items or tokens, called cache, and then will post the cache’s GPS coordinates for other people to find, and once they are found that person will leave a small item or token in its place. With over 2 million active geocaches across the world, this is a growing game. Geocaching.com has a searchable database of geocaches that ranges from beginners to the more advanced.