Hiking Apps: Discover New Trails with Top Apps for Android and iOS

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When you think of hiking, you may imagine an established trail where fellow hikers frequently roam. Some imagine venturing out on their own and exploring new areas finding new trails and memorable spots along the way. The former could end up being too boring or crowded if you go to a popular hiking path. The latter could be a little risky, as looking for trails in new or undiscovered areas could get you lost or run into unfavorable encounters. Fortunately for you, this is where hiking apps come in to save your hiking days. You can get the best of both worlds, venture out on your own into the less popular trails that you can find on some apps, discover and plan out maps of your hiking trail beforehand, stay in contact with friends and family, and you can even predict the weather or altitude and length of the trek to prevent strain or injury.

Top Hiking Apps In India

If you are planning to trek the vast, vibrant lands of Uttarkhand or conquer the unexplored mountains of Western Ghats, then you definitely need to check the various hiking apps. These hiking apps are free and can easily be your best buddy during the trials. So, let’s get straight into the top hiking apps in India.

1. Google Maps Offline

Compatible with: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Considered as one of the best hiking GPS app, this app has very innovative ways to find new trails and make changes to your plan on the go. The app is in association with the Google Treks feature, and if continuous developments are made with this feature then it may as well give even the best navigation apps a run for their money.

2. Nokia Maps/ HERE WeGo

Compatible with: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Nokia previously owned Navteq which is a worldwide map and navigation company, and now HERE owns the software and has launched WeGo. The system offers turn by turn directions, voice navigation, offline mode, and contains maps for over 1300+ cities. There is also terrain maps and weather forecasts available on the app.

3. MAPS.ME

Compatible with: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

This app works without the need for data network and offers maps for multiple cities across the world. You can find places of interest as shared by the 65 million app users and save your own favourites.

Top Hiking Apps in the World

Have you planned to hike the stunning Yosemite National Park in North America or is Australia's famous Great Ocean Walk on your bucket list?

1. All Trails

Compatible with: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

This app covers around 50,000 hiking trails in the United States and Canada. It is one of the most popular apps for hiking in North America and has over 3.5 million downloads. The app is free and allows you to plan and map out your own trails along with GPS tracking, where you can take pictures or record moments and later share them on social media with friends.

2. PeakVisor

Compatible with: iOS

Cost: $3.99

This app works wonders for those of you that love a good mountain hike. It identifies numerous mountain peaks by name and location by just pointing your camera at the mountain, using the 3D panorama settings, and enabling GPS tracking.

3. First Aid By Red Cross

Compatible with: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

This first aid app is provided by the official Red Cross organization. It is accessible around the world and can be customised according to your location depending on the Red cross organisation’s centres across the world. There are built in facilities for easy and quick access to information on basic safety and first aid.

4. PeakFinder

Compatible with: iOS and Android

Cost: $3.99

For the mountain climbers among you out there, you will find that this app will really help you out. It operates along the same guidelines as the Spyglass and other astronomy apps.

Let us know which apps worked best for you, and which you feel weren’t as critically acclaimed.

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