Gaia GPS has been wholly reinvented in this latest version, bringing all of the features that have made the app so successful in the past few years. It offers downloadable topographic, satellite, and road maps, perfect for those trips off the beaten path. The interface has been carefully thought out to make navigating the back country easier than ever. You can even record tracks, way points, and other crucial data for finding your way through the woods.
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Plan a hike with Gaia: GPS. Gaia GPS provides you with topographic maps that you can use to plan your hike. You'll know right away where the elevation changes and other challenges might await you, and can plan your route accordingly. Using Gaia GPS, you can set waypoints to direct your route, and the app will automatically plan the best directions for you to take. It knows where streets and hiking trails are throughout most of the United States and Canada, and uses them to craft a route for you to take. Of course, you can always change that and redirect your path to take a more "as the crow flies" journey, if you choose.
Choose your map source in Gaia: GPS. Within Gaia: GPS, you can choose your favorite map source. The app includes access to all of the USGS topographic maps, as well as terrific navigation images for Canada. You can also access Gaia's own map server, which covers the entire world. The maps will help you know where the elevation changes and other challenges might lie in wait, so you can traverse the trails in confidence. If you want a bird's eye view of the terrain, a satellite overlay is also available.
Save maps to your device for offline use. The internet isn't always available in the great outdoors, but your maps can be. With Gaia: GPS, you're able to download a map of the area you'll be hiking or exploring, so your navigation aid is available even when the internet isn't. Since Gaia uses your iPhone's built-in GPS, it keeps track of where you are as you traverse the trails.
Record your hike with Gaia: GPS. Planning and viewing your hike isn't the end of what Gaia: GPS can do. Tap in the top left corner to record, and Gaia starts keeping track of your path. You can later view how well you "hiked the plan," and get ideas for new places to explore later. You can also use the recorded tracks to retrace your steps, if you want to find something you missed or just want to do more sight-seeing.
Access your camera right from within Gaia: GPS. No hike would be complete without photographs. After all, "pictures or it never happened." You don't even have to leave the app to snap a picture, since Gaia: GPS has conveniently placed a shortcut to your iPhone's camera within the menus. Snap a picture, and then go back to planning your next steps. You can keep a photographic trail of your travels through the back country, so you'll be able to revisit and relive the memories later.
What is it about?
Gaia GPS has been around for years, making wilderness exploration easier and safer than ever before. In the latest version, it's been infused with the best topographical maps available in the United States, Canada and other countries. Gaia GPS supports downloading maps for offline use, and allows you to save your tracks, way points, and maps to the cloud so you can access them from any of your iOS devices or computer. Search for trails, parks, natural features, and more from within one app.
For those who...
- Love adventuring in the back country
- Want to be able to record their journeys, including paths and way points
Not for those who...
- Don't like insects or anything else related to the so-called "great" outdoors
- Prefer to use handheld GPS devices over their iPhone
Why we love it
Gaia GPS has, and continues to, set the standard that other outdoors GPS apps have to live up to. It includes topo maps from the United States Geological Service, United States Forestry Service, and more. It even has its own vector-based topographic map of the entire world, and all of the maps are easy to download for use even when you have no internet connection. Allowing you to record and save tracks and way points, it's like having a standalone GPS device right in your iPhone.
Gaia GPS Hiking supports Siri commands
Gaia GPS Hiking is FREE but there are more add-ons
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App Store Description
Navigate, track, and explore with Gaia GPS. Millions of people worldwide have used Gaia GPS to hike, hunt, camp, ski, and explore the backroads.
Gaia GPS has been featured in countless publications, including Outside, Backpacker, Trail Runner, the New York Times, and numerous App Store features.
Gaia GPS started as a backpacking app. Download topo and satellite maps for offline use. Use intelligent routing tools to plan trips, and measure distance, altitude, and elevation change. View your route using comprehensive backpacking maps, including up-to-date weather forecasts.
►► Day Hiking
Both a hiking navigation app and a platform for finding hikes, Gaia GPS helps you discover your next adventure. Use the Discover tab to find hikes and nearby trails, and download maps and hike info to your phone for offline use.
►► Camping and Overlanding
Gaia GPS helps you find a campsite on the road, or deep in the backcountry. As a camping app, Gaia GPS delivers public land data to help you stay legal, maps with campsites, parks, and forests, as well as weather overlays. Mark waypoints to create custom camping maps, plus reference road maps and Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) to plot overland, 4x4, and off-roading routes. Use Gaia GPS in your car's dash via Apple CarPlay.
►► Backcountry Skiing and Mountaineering
Apply slope-angle shading and 24-, 48-,and 72-hour Snowfall and Precipitation Forecast overlays to create custom backcountry skiing maps, plan tours, and scout avalanche terrain.
Driven by hunters on the team, Gaia GPS has become a top hunting app. Build custom hunting maps that include public land designations, private land ownership, and state-by-state hunting units.
►► Mountain Biking
Go farther, faster by mounting Gaia GPS to your handlebars for hands-free navigation. Access mountain biking trail maps on both public and private land. Gaia GPS is a great mtb app for deep exploration.
►► Fitness Stats
Use Gaia GPS on your Apple Watch to record activities as workouts and view fitness stats with Apple Health.
►► Professional Use: Firefighters, Search and Rescue teams, Land Manager, GIS Techs, and Guides
Gaia GPS is the preferred nav app for outdoor professionals. Quickly route to GPS coordinates, plot fire perimeters, view recent wildfires, and share maps, tracks, and waypoints with your team. Guides can mark routes, campsites, and water sources, and share hard-to-find approaches and descents with clients and fellow guides.
Free - Use all features, except you can't mass-download maps for offline use, and you can't access all the complete maps catalog. Free maps include Gaia Topo, Native Lands, Air Quality, and Wildfires.
Premium Membership - Access and download a worldwide catalog of maps. You get access to these map sources, plus many more.
• NatGeo Trails Illustrated (including Appalachian Trail, Colorado Trail, and John Muir Trail maps)
• ESRI World Satellite Imagery
• NOAA weather forecasts
• US Private Land Ownership (including owner names and addresses for parcels)
• US Hunting Layers
• US Public Land (BLM, Forests, more)
• US Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)
• Historical Wildfires
• Hill-shading, contour-line, slope-angle, and other overlays
• Backroads Mapbooks Canada
• France IGN
• Swiss Topo
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