Best Hiking Apps of the Year

Written by Jessica Timmons on August 14, 2017

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Before you hit the trail, there are a few things to do first. Savvy hikers load up their backpacks, find their hiking shoes and trusty hat, and plan their route.

With today’s apps, choosing a trail is easier than ever. You can check out popular hikes in your area, browse photos of must-sees like scenic overlooks and hidden gems, and even get tips about parking and the best time of year to visit. When it comes to hiking prep, these are the must-download apps.

AllTrails

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

With over 50,000 trails from around the world, you’ll have no shortage of possibilities. Read trail reviews and check out photos uploaded from the app’s community, and browse detailed trail maps outlining length, rating, and difficulty. Bringing the family or Fido along? No problem. You can filter for trails that are dog-, kid-, and even wheelchair-friendly. The app lets you save your favorite trails, bookmark those you want to explore, and record stats like your pace, distance, elevation, and maximum speed.

PeakFinder Earth

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $4.99

With more than 300,000 peaks in its database, you’ll up your mountaineering knowledge in no time. A real-time rendering of your surrounding landscape helps you learn your local range, and a digital landscape can help you pick out less prominent, more distant peaks. The app also shows solar and lunar orbits. Here’s the best part: It works offline and around the globe.

Trail Tracker GPS

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

However you hit the trail, be it on foot, bike, or skis, track your whole trip and all kinds of stats with Trail Tracker GPS. The app is simple and intuitive to use, with live viewing of your progress and trip stats. Interactive graphs and detailed information are available for after-trip viewing, with a useful text-to-speech functionality. With terrain maps, floors maps, and 3-D maps, you can map out trails before you begin and quickly send coordinates and location information in the event of an emergency.

MapMyHike

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

MapMyHike does just what it says. And if you’re hiking as a form of fitness, even better. This app lets you track and map every hike and get feedback and statistics along the way to boost your performance. Details like pace, duration, calories burned, distance, elevation, and more will give you insight into every hike. You can even set personal goals. MapMyHike will also help you find nearby trails, save your favorites, and share them with friends.

Yonder

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

In Yonder, geo-located images and videos quickly show you what’s nearby. A database of more than 20,000 outdoor destinations and more than 25 activities (including hiking, kayaking, skiing, rock climbing, and more) means you’ll never get bored. The app lets you keep lists of your favorites, share to your social media accounts, and describe your latest adventure through your own photos and videos.

REI Guide to National Parks

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

If you’re heading to a national park, this beautiful app will help you find the perfect hike. The app has complete trail data and descriptions for go-to spots like Yosemite, Zion, Mount Rainier, and many more. You can easily search for hikes, check out a “best of” list, and quickly view hike difficulty, star ratings, and elevation profiles. The app also provides insights on seasons, lodging, camping, tours, and more. The app has family-friendly hike suggestions, plus a spot to jot down a to-do list, record a GPS track, or send your location in the event of an emergency.

Hiking Project

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

The Hiking Project app is like a comprehensive map and a guidebook rolled into one. When you’re looking for something specific, you can quickly find full GPS route details, elevation profiles, interactive features, and photos. Just looking for inspiration? The app features best hikes wherever you are, with details about hike highlights, challenging features, and other useful insights. With more than 74,000 miles of trail and new ones constantly being added, you’ll find something just right every time. You can follow your location on the trail and downloaded trails will work offline, so don’t worry about having no cell reception.


Jessica Timmons

Jessica writes about pregnancy, parenthood, fitness, and more. About 10 years ago, she was a copywriter at an ad agency before switching to freelance writing and editing. She could eat sweet potatoes every day. Find out more about her work at www.jessicatimmons.com.

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