Gaia GPS: Topo Maps and Trails for Offline Hiking App Description & Overview
Plan trips and explore the wild with Gaia GPS, on your phone, tablet, and computer.
Widely considered the best outdoor mapping app, Gaia GPS has been showcased in Apple's "Your Verse" stories, and covered in countless major publications, from Outside and TrailRunner, to the New York Times and FOX News TappedIn.
Top adventure guides use Gaia GPS all over the world.
Since 2009, we've been constantly updating Gaia GPS to help people explore remote places, and stay safer in the woods. Today, many great people contribute to the support and development of Gaia GPS. You can always get in touch with the whole team at [email protected]
Gaia (guy-yuh) comes from Greek mythology - she is the Goddess of the Earth, or Mother Nature.
• view maps online at www.gaiagps.com/map
• download worldwide topo, road, and aerial maps
• use Gaia's unique, streaming, vector, worldwide topo map
• includes the best government topo maps for the US and Canada (USGS, USFS, NRCan)
• unlimited downloads for offline use - no extra charges
►► Sync, Back-up, and Website
• use Gaia everywhere - iPhone, iPad, iPod, and online at www.gaiagps.com
• sync your tracks, photos, maps, and waypoints to all of your devices
• share links to tracks and photos, via email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and more
• keep your data backed up, effortlessly
►► Map Tools
• record tracks, waypoints, and take geo-tagged photos
• display NEXRAD radar, track data, and Gaia POI data with webpages from our search engine
• import and export GPX/KML files, by iTunes, Safari, DropBox, and email
• customize all aspects of Gaia, including units, coordinates types, color and sound, and more
Subscribe to GaiaPro to get extra features, maps, and support. The cost is $5.99/month or $39.99/year.
• use www.gaiagps.com to print maps and plan routes
• download multi-layered maps - mix and set opacity for many layers at once
• use MapBox cloudless aerial and street maps, the best and most up-to-date OpenStreetMap available
• view weather forecasts from Wunderground
• set custom icons for waypoints you create
• sync max-resolution photos to GaiaCloud
To manage your subscription:
• TURN OFF auto-renewal via the main Settings app: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4098
• Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your iTunes account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal.
• Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
►► IMPORTANT - IPOD TOUCH AND WIFI ONLY IPADS - This application will not be fully functional on these devices, unless you have an external GPS attachment. The GPS Recorder and compass will be inactive. You will be able to view maps and waypoints, but you cannot record tracks.
►► GPS WARNING - Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
If you love Gaia GPS, help spread the word by leaving a review. Your review will also show fresh, when you rate a new update.
If you notice a problem with Gaia GPS, contact [email protected] We don't have a way to reply if you leave a review about an issue.
• we previously tried to fix an issue where the current track could stop showing on the map, but it was still happening in some cases - this release should fix it entirely
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By frustrated physician
Love the app. Not much more to say!
Must have for hikers and back-country navigating!
This app totally obfuscates the need for a stand-alone GPS unit! You can use it just like a regular GPS and import GPX files created from other tools like CalTopo by emailing them to yourself. Voila! The track recording features while in the field are also incredible! Love that it tells me my speed, altitude and announces my mileage at major intervals! Be sure to download maps BEFORE taking a hike while on a network though. Learned that the hard way. Also read blog on power saving tips - big one: turn phone to airplane mode. Worth every penny! Could save your life!!!!
Simply the best GPS
By rehearsal pimp
By Molly Senee
I first used this app at a Mission-Uncharted event. Not only was the event awesome so was the app! Being a 43 hour event I was worried about my battery life, but being able to put it on airplane mode and still operate saved battery. I would definitely recommend it!
Needs to update the maps, they are over two year old. But still The best one ever tried. Works excellent and great features.
Best GPS App. Period.
By 180 degrees
Maps galore. Layers. Weather. Offline functionality. Amazing.
Best gps app for outdoorspeople, period.
It's not cheap like the other apps that are available, but for the price of a couple of Greentrail maps you get all maps for the entire country and the best functionality out of any GPS application that is available for the iPhone.
Update: many updates ago the various street maps suddenly started displaying with labels that were basically way too small to read, especially if it's light outside. There is no setting to fix this, and there has been no solution now for several updates. Very very frustrating.
Update: over a year and no fix for the map label size problem, despite reaching out multiple time just get a hand waiving kind of response---they aren't going to work on it. Others have made the same complaint. Additionally, recently they seem to have wrecked gaiagps.com which is so buggy it's now nonfunctional all week, missing map layers, etc. was trying to rely on it for some major trip planning and now I'm SOL with only a few days left until I leave. Very disappointed, and I'm now looking for an alternate option
Loving it so far! But search isn't useful
Lots of functions and tools to love about this app. Tracking and sorting and sharing are simple and intuitive. My only gripe with this version (as of 3/27/17) is that the search function isn't useful. For example, I look for "Rooster Rock" to set a waypoint and it takes me across the country instead of 50 miles away. So, I have to scroll around and click on various landmarks until I find what I'm looking for. I would love to see a drop down in the search function that lists the possible matches. Even within the state, there are several places known as Rooster Rock. I can imagine there are loads more around the country! Overall, very recommended, but still room for improvement :)
Lacks Solid Structure.
By Brandon Far
Was really happy at the beginning. Everything was easy to use until I actually tried to plan trips via its folders. The organization is terrible and spotty. Sometimes things update sometimes they don't. Very difficult to create a usable map database. Can only upload one single track or waypoint at a time. Looks pretty but function is not something I trust yet.
I really want to like it but right now I am frustrated and confused. And don't think my money was well spent.
Short distance people will love it. Long distance people trying to keep a well organized plan might have trouble.
Great App. for iPhone/iPad
Just added a Bad Elf to the mix as well. This is going to be my eTrex replacement (Garmin). I have had 2 Garmins and a Magellan in the past but required costly downloads for maps Tired of that, when our tax money has paid for a lot of the maps out there. Glad to see some common sense and initiative used to allow all to use mapping functions regardless of the discipline. Thanks to the team Gaia for all your efforts. The possibilities for my current and future application is endless as far as I can tell.
Try this before you buy a separate GPS
I just got this a couple of days ago, but I've been playing with it for a while and am extremely impressed. Assuming it works in the field, I'm not sure why I'd need a regular GPS unit.
There is a bit of a learning curve. The route making takes some practice but works well. The different map options are great. Would be nice to be able to see a legend, maybe that's possible and I just haven't figured it out yet.
Great way to plan ahead for longer day trips or to have just in case you get turned around.
Good foundation- needs refinement
App works well but downloads of maps for offline use are PAINFULLY SLOW.