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Hiking is a great way to get in touch with your adventurous spirit. Better yet? You’re getting in a heck of a workout, too. But hiking isn’t just slapping on a pair of gym shoes and finding the nearest park. To get the most out of your hiking experience, you’ll want to find out exactly where to go for the best sights, sounds and terrain type for your fitness level.
While a Google search will certainly help, you want to take that info along with you. That’s where these apps exclusively made for the trail-seeker will come in handy. Locate trails nearby, map your route, and interact with other explorers. Before you know it, you’ll be a local trail connoisseur.
It’s time to #MakeYourMove and take a hike. But before you go, get more out of your hiking adventures with these must-have hiking apps!
Whether you need to look up a hike before leaving the house or are an adventurer on-the-go, TrailLink locates nearby trails via both mobile app and desktop. Looking to bike, snowmobile, ATV or explore on horseback? Not all trails are designed for just traveling by foot, so TrailLink helps you find the perfect trail for your preferred sport.
Platforms: iOS & Android
This hiking app is a perfect match for both local adventures and hiking away from home. Using nothing more than a city name, All Trails will show you the best hiking trails whether you’re at home or traveling out of state. Done with your hike? Don’t let it go unnoticed. Share your experience with other users by adding trail recommendations. If you’re heading towards unfamiliar territory, read reviews from the All Trails community to find the best trail for your needs. With 50,000 trails and counting – you’re sure to find route no matter where you’re at. The best part? It’s free!
Platforms: iOS & Google Play
If you’re looking for an exciting off-road activity near you, Every Trail is the way to go. Each of the 400,000+ route maps are user-submitted, complete with reviews, tips, photos and more. While the basic version is free of charge, you’ll need to rummage up $4 for offline use. And no one wants to get lost in the wilderness – so we’d say it’s worth it.
Platforms: iOS & Android
If you’re used to hiking close to home, this app is about to take you around the world. From locally-based trails to hiking on a completely different continent, ViewRanger GPS helps you discover a massive directory of routes all over the world. Lacking a sense of direction? We feel you. This app’s GPS system requires no need for a phone signal or mobile data.
Platforms: iOS, Google Play & Kindle Fire
Now that you’ve found your hiking trail, it’s time to learn how to navigate your surroundings. These apps will keep track of your route, offer safety tips, and act as your personal navigator.
There’s an app for tracking your runs. There’s an app for tracking your road biking miles. So why isn’t there an app for tracking hikes? We have a surprise for you – there is! Perfect for those who are looking to get a workout out of their hikes, MapMyHike will provide you with detailed feedback on your route, average pace, distance covered, calories burned, and a whole lot more.
Platforms: iOS & Android
Back Country Navigator
You know that feeling when the only thing you need in the world is a cell phone and you can’t get service? Well, this app changes that. In fact, it requires zero cellular service. Back Country Navigator is an offline outdoor GPS that allows you to enjoy nature beyond your cell coverage. If you don’t already have a designated hiking app, this is sure to transform your next adventure.
SAS Survival Guide
It wouldn’t be right to encourage you to hike without offering some safety tips. And this app is the epitome of hiking safety. Literally – it could save your life. Find a mysterious mushroom? Look it up on this app. See some plants that look a little funky? This app has you covered.
Traveling? We’ve asked some experienced trail-goers for their favorite spots around the country. In no particular order:
- Newport State Park – Door County, Wisconsin
- Camelback Mountain – Phoenix, AZ
- Potato Chip Rock – San Diego, CA
- Fairyland Loop – Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
- Table Rock Trail – Table Rock State Park, SC
- Pitamakan Pass to Dawson Pass – Glacier National Park, MT
1. Columbia Kenosha Boulder Women’s Trail Shoes – I’ve never owned a pair of hiking shoes before. Drum roll please… I LOVE them! They’re comfortable, roomy, and really grip the trail.
2. Columbia Melting Mogul Fleece-Lined Vest – Vests are one of my favorite fall looks. This vest from Columbia offers both style and function, with a breathable fit and feminine accents.
3. Columbia Wildwood Forest Hooded Top – This is the type of top that can take you straight from the trails to coffee with friends, or a casual night out. The hood is an added perk in case you forget your hat or headband!
4. Royce Leather Dog Leash – Don’t let Fido stray too far from the pack! This leash compliments your stylish attire, with a two-toned design and contrast stitching.
5. Contigo Purity Glass 20-oz. Water Bottle – Stay hydrated everywhere you go! This leak-proof water bottle will keep you cool, hydrated and spill free!