What are the best GPS apps for hiking?

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  1. 17

    #1ViewRanger

    ViewRanger
    ViewRanger is a free app for Android an iOS devices that lets you find trail guides out, and allows you to check the maps even when you don't have access to an internet connection. Useful for hikers, bikers and more.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Larry Richardson
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "So one of the more exciting things I like to do is randomly decide to go on hikes. I don't really set a massive plan, and this is where ViewRanger comes in. I can literally find nearby areas to hike while I am out and about, and not have to go through a whole planning procedure."
  2. 16

    #2AllTrails

    AllTrails
    AllTrails is a complete guide to help you to plan trails. Includes more than 50.000 trail maps with reviews and photos created by the community. Discover trails searching by location and turn your phone into a GPS to track your adventures.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Wei Xie
    Written on January 22, 2018
    "AllTrails is a free app available on the Google Play Store. That provides you with trail maps for your hikes and it will tie with your GPS to track your movement on the trails. It is a free app but does have in app ads and in app purchases. It allows you to search trails all over the country. It really is a great tool for an avid hiker. It fits the topic very nicely."
  3. 12

    #3Map My Hike

    Map My Hike

    Map My Hike is a very useful app for hiking lovers. It allows you to track and map your activity, giving you feedback to improve your performance. Share your workouts on social networks and compete with others.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Juan Antonio Ortega
    Written on July 22, 2018
    "This app is great for hiking people but I have couple of complaints. I used to love it but the map does not provide the correct info for some places that I go to hiking. Even Google Maps has the accurate the info and I was expecting more from this app. If it knows the place, it gives you an accurate info though."
  1. 8

    #4Maps 3D PRO

    Maps 3D PRO
    Maps 3D PRO is a useful app for cycling, hike and running lovers. It provides you 3D maps specially designed for planning your outdoor adventures. You can use them online and offline.
    Apps

    iOS

    $3.99

    Christopher Bennett
    Written on July 22, 2018
    "This is an excellent app for hiking adventures. The 3D images are far superior to topo maps for visualizing and planning expeditions. The maps work offline, so I don't need a connection or cell signal, which are rare where I hike. "
  2. 8

    #5BackCountry Nav Topo Maps GPS

    BackCountry Nav Topo Maps GPS

    BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS is a flexible app to have fun in the outdoors.With this topo mapping app, you can find any remote place using offline topo maps and GPS. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Elizabeth Lawson
    Written on January 15, 2018
    "This is a great app for mapping terrain. Has prevented a few extra miles for these feet. Would hate to get lost in the woods without it. "
  3. 5

    #6PeakFinder

    PeakFinder
    PeakFinder is an app that uses augmented reality to let you explore the mountains better than ever. It shows the names of all mountains and peaks with a 360º panorama display. It works online and offline worldwide.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    $4.99

    Sara Stephens
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "This is an awesome app for hikers, though it isn't really the sort of GPS app I set out to find. I still use it in conjunction with another app to really enhance my experience! This was a pleasant surprise."
  4. 3

    #7PeakVisor

    PeakVisor

    PeakVisor is an app that guides you in your mountain journeys. Point your phone at nearby mountains and discover their namesakes and height. It has 3D mountain panorama, 3D compass and altimeter. Works both online and offline .

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $3.99

    Joe Perry
    Written on January 20, 2018
    "I've owned dedicated hiking GPS's in the past and although they work they are clunky in practice, this app is actually far better. There's a lot of well presented data that I can use offline (which is good because cell reception is obviously not a thing off the grid) plus the developers are great at keeping it up to date so it even works well on the iPhoneX."

Summary

Best What are the best GPS apps for hiking
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ViewRangerApps 17 Free
2AllTrailsApps 16 Free
3Map My HikeApps 12 Free
4Maps 3D PROApps 8 Paid
5BackCountry Nav Topo Maps GPSApps 8 Free
6PeakFinderApps 5 Paid
7PeakVisorApps 3 Paid
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