Best Hiking Apps for Trail Scouting


Find the best spots to explore and avoid getting lost with these great hiking apps designed for avid outdoorsmen and women.

Plenty of folks are eager to get into the outdoors, and hiking is often an entryway. But how are you supposed to get started with little to know prior knowledge?

Find the best spots to explore and avoid getting lost with these great apps designed for avid outdoorsmen and women.


AllTrails is Your Guide to the Outdoors

Posted by AllTrails on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This popular app is perfect for locating biking and hiking trails off the beaten path or points of interest such as dog parks close to home. Search by difficulty level, elevation gain, length, and route type plus browse honest reviews from fellow users. You can access a trail map for your chosen hiking route as well as driving directions to the trailhead.


All this is available on the free version - for iPhone or Android - but the pro version at $29.99 a year offers added functionality. Paid features include the ability to download maps for offline access when trekking the backcountry outside cell coverage, share your location with loved ones, and check trail conditions in real time with map overlays.

Gaia GPS

The Gaia GPS app is one of the best navigation apps for planning your next outdoor adventure, checking out detailed topo maps, and creating your own waypoints for free. Premium version membership also allows you to download offline maps, print custom maps, and access specialty maps for activities such as fishing, hunting, and backpacking for $19.99 per year. It's available for download from the Apple Store or Google Play.


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Posted by PeakVisor on Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Discover your exact location on any trip with PeakVisor, which uses your phone's camera to identify the mountain peaks around you. You can also find hiking trails to summits you want to reach and identify the peaks in old photos you upload. The paid PRO version allows to use these features offline for iOS or Android.


Hiking Project

Developed by REI, this app allows hikers and backpackers to submit trails which are all vetted by staff before they're posted. You'll find route highlights, elevation profiles, water sources, and details on plant and wildlife to expect. Best of all, the Hiking Project app is free to download.


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