Hiking apps can help you with route planning in advance and on the road navigation during your hiking trip. We will show you the best hiking apps for Android and iPhone.
- Search for hiking and biking trails near you or find a dog park
- You can sort your search results by activity, suitability (e.g. stroller friendly, wheelchair accessible) and popularity
- Furthermore, you can filter the results by length, difficulty, elevation, type and amount of trail traffic
- When choosing a trail, you can read reviews, check the weather forecast, see a trail map and photos
- In addition, you can track your distance while you are hiking
- The app is available for free
- The PeakVisor App can show you the names and elevations of surrounding peaks by using 3D-technology and the camera of your phone
- It will also show you viewpoints and mountain huts and the best hiking trails to get to them
- To identify peaks from photographs, you can upload pictures into the app, which will then tell you the data of the peak
- The free version offers you full functionality online, however, with the paid version ($2.99/month for iOS and $4.49/month for Android) you can use all the features offline as well
- With its augmented reality technology, Spyglass is an innovative way to experience your hike, as the app tracks your surroundings and GPS data
- You can navigate on your hike by using the apps’ compass, view a map overlay, or use one of the other features like a gyrocompass, speedometer, altimeter, a sextant, inclinometer, and an angular calculator
- The app is especially interesting if you have an interest in geography and the scientific components of nature and hiking
- Spyglass costs $7.99 on both Android and iPhone
Gaia GPS Hiking, Offroad Maps
- The app doesn’t only offer you GPS navigation and route planning for your hikes, but also comes with a variety of different maps
- These include modern topographical maps, as well as historical or classic print maps
- You can also find camping spots with the apps’ features
- While the free version only gives you limited features, the paid version for $19.99/year comes with downloadable maps and map overlays. You can also record and save your hikes with the paid version
Seek by iNaturalist
- By using image recognition, this app will identify plants and animals along your path
- You can also see commonly recorded fauna and flora on your hikes by other hikers
- The apps’ gamification features let you earn badges for identifying different types of animals and plants, which makes using this app a lot of fun
- Seek by iNaturalist is available for Android and iPhone for free
In general, walking describes the activity of moving somewhere with a slow pace and is often used for short distances or a short period of time, e.g. a walk in a nearby park. Hiking, however, describes a specific kind of walking, usually over a longer period of time or even multiple days, done for pleasure on trails in nature.
Hiking is considered a good workout. It is a low-intensity workout, which means you mainly burn calories from fat, which is beneficial for weight loss. However, you don’t just burn fat, but you will also build muscle and strengthen your entire body. Furthermore, hiking has many health benefits, like improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels as well as lowering the risk of heart disease.
Try to start with a trail that fits your fitness level. Most hiking apps have a system to show you which trail will suit your level. Check the weather and familiarize yourself with the trail before you leave. Especially in the mountains, weather can change quickly, so make sure there is no storm or weather warning. Pack enough food, water and extra clothing. Also make sure you carry a first-aid kit with you. If you’re not hiking with another person, make sure to let someone know where you will be, just in case. Also, wear good hiking shoes and socks and break them in before your first hike.