Since it’s that time of the year when the early workouts turn out into hikes. There is nothing more relieving than taking a hike in the summer and to get away from the monotone life. It is time to get outdoors and make adventures fun with some hiking apps. Below is a categorized list of the best hiking apps with unique features. Make sure you install these apps and enjoy hiking with your smart devices.
Here are the 5 best hiking apps that make life and the adventure even more exciting and fun:
Available in iOS for $3.99 and free on Android, Spyglass is one of the top adventure apps with a multipurpose GPS navigation and augmented reality viewfinder. The viewfinder serves as a display for navigation. It gives hikers and adventurers a sense of the distance, altitude and time to reach a trail. The app offers dozens of coordinate systems and modes.
Unique feature: A built-in star guide to navigate and find the nearest trail.
A versatile GPS trail navigation app that offers both free and premium content on iOS and Android. Users can download free maps and trails for offline navigation while buying premium map data. ViewRanger helps hikers plan, navigate, record and share their outdoor adventures. It allows users to share real-time location with friends and family members.
Unique feature: Viewranger identifies landscapes such as rivers, mountains, and lakes using the phone camera and the Skyline augmented reality viewer.
Theodolite app is available on iOS for $5.99 and possesses a tool system for hiking trails quickly. It consists of a navigation calculator, an inclinometer, and a compass. It is especially useful for skiing, yachting, and kayaking. Users can zoom in for better navigation with the built-in monocular with two modes: 2x and 4x zoom.
Unique feature: For location sharing, users can just take a screenshot and email everyone on their network
Available in both Android and iOS, this app serves as a social media network and guide for hikers with similar interests. Users can share photos and videos of favorite and unique hiking spots. Various communities of hikers, campers and bikers can connect through this app. The app consists of a database of 20,000 destinations.
Unique feature: Keep hikers updated with stories and experiences that are inspiring.
Available as a free app on iOS, Cairn will save hikers time and effort by crowdsourcing information about where hikers can receive mobile signals on a map while tracking their location. It allows travelers to plan ahead of time and features the distance for thousands of trails in the US and UK. It helps in tracking locations without draining the phone battery for long trips.
Unique feature: Provides safety by informing travel companions or family/friends in case hiker does not reach a particular destination or hiking spot within a specific time range. The contacts are alerted and provided a map where they can track the missing person.