Gaia GPS Hiking Maps, Hike App

Gaia GPS Hiking Maps, Hike App

By TrailBehind

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2017-05-22
  • Current Version: 1.6
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 137.80 MB
  • Developer: TrailBehind
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS 9.0
Score: 4.5
From 1,516 Ratings


Plan trips and stay safer in the woods, with Gaia GPS. Join hundreds of thousands of backpackers, hunters, offroaders, mountain bikers, backcountry skiers, firefighters, guides, and other serious outdoor adventurers and professionals that use Gaia GPS for work and play. Hike, hunt, and offroad with the best topo maps and outdoor navigation tools. ►► The Best App for Topo Maps 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. The name Gaia (guy-yuh) comes from Greek mythology - she is the Goddess of the Earth, or Mother Nature. ►► Maps • view easy-to-read, modern maps, with fast and beautiful rendering • explore historic and classic print maps (USGS, USFS, NRCan, IGN) • download worldwide topo, road, and satellite maps • search for hiking trails, parks, natural places, and addresses, and tap features on Gaia Topo to get more info ►► Sync and Back-up • sync your tracks, photos, maps, and waypoints to all of your devices • keep your data backed up, effortlessly • share trip plans, and collaborate on shared folders ►► Map Tools • record tracks, waypoints, and take geo-tagged photos • import and export GPX and KML files • customize coordinates types (Decimal, Degrees/Minutes/Seconds, Degrees - Decimal Minutes, UTM, and MGRS) ►► Membership Levels Free Level - You can use Gaia GPS for free. You'll be limited to the default map source, and you won't be able to download maps for offline use. You can also trial Member features. Member Level - As a Member, you can download a worldwide catalog of topo, road, and satellite maps. Premium Member Level - As a Premium Member, you also get access to these map sources: • NatGeo Trails Illustrated • ESRI World Satellite Imagery • US Private Land Ownership (owners and addresses for parcels) • US Hunting Layers, including GMUs, public land, and fires • US Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) • US NeoTreks Topo • France IGN • SwissTopo • Hill-shading, contour lines, slope angle, and other overlays ► To manage your subscription: • TURN OFF auto-renewal via the main Settings app: • 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 • Visit the following URL to view our Privacy Policy: • Visit the following URL for full terms of use:



  • So much better than a handheld

    By Rudeboy30
    I’ll gladly pay for annual subscriptions to the GaiaGPS premium app to avoid having to buy an expensive and unfriendly dedicated handheld GPS with a small screen. For hiking in the mountains of North Carolina, where cell signals are hard to come by, all I need is a tough case for my iPhone, cached maps from GaiaGPS, and Airplane Mode. Oh, and paper maps and a compass for backup. I have never been happier with a mobile app.
  • Good app

    By Me-Nina
    UPDATE: I am very happy to see the developer’s response. It is important to me to see that the developer cares and is working on fixing the issues. I will email the developer with details of the issues I am experiencing shortly. Meanwhile, I wanted to update my review with a few things that I love about Gaia, because I do believe it is a gps app that is worth sticking with. - Crucial: It has never quit on me in the most important situations. When offline (as long as I remember to download the maps, of course) Gaia has never failed to provide the information that gets me back to civilization. -I love the fact that I can edit the recorded tracks in case I forget to hit “stop” when I get back to my car. That has happened more times than I am comfortable admitting 😬. -Even though I don’t use the feature yet, the ability to create folders to file the stuff I save is convenient. -Gaia has multiple map layers, including a 1930 Topo map. Proves to be useful when looking for old things in the middle of the desert. -I love the new feature that lets me do more with it when offline (read the recent update info) -Not entirely sure how that works, but I really appreciate the suggestion names for waypoints I save. For example, if I come across mine remains and go to save the coordinates, Gaia has the mine name on the suggested names. Which enables me to look up information about it when I get back to civilization. My use of the app is somewhat limited, I just use it to plan my trips and save the coordinates of stuff I find. And the app does a very decent job for me. OLD: Gaia gps has been with me for a little while and I’ve been happy with it on the trail. (With some updates) I’ve had no complaints. However the inability of Gaia to search correctly is very inconvenient. I can’t search for the places I have saved, half the time when I enter the coordinates and search, the app just doesn’t not respond. This isn’t just an issue of the app, I use the web version to plan for trips and the inability of Gaia to search coordinates (especially decimal degrees, since that’s what google spits out so is convenient!) is a big problem for me.
  • Without subscription not so useful

    By Psdan
    Loaded this and quickly found that there is little use without paying the monthly or annual fee. No access to USGS maps w/o subscribing. Considering the maps are public domain the subscriptions seem steep. Am going to look for something else.
  • This app Saves your bacon!

    By JH Dietrich
    I’ve been using Gaia for around 2 years, and it’s become my right hand man on backcountry outings. This app while being used as a GPS enabled device allows me to navigate efficiently and quickly in the mountains with a high degree of certainty. It’s easy to use and I love the tracking feature for not only backcountry trips, but also just running around town. I was living in Spain this summer and Gaia worked fantastically all over Europe. During a spontaneous 23 mile run/accidental sufferfest Gaia got me out of a pickle in the Chamonix area because I was able to use a “trail” that was totally unused but showed up. This app is fantastic, and super customizable. I love it.
  • A great App to get off the grid

    By SunKenC
    I’ve been using this app for about 5 years and gotta say this is the best of the best. Record your trek before hand and save it to your device, no signal no problem.
  • I’m going back to the old version

    By ERGre
    I use this app mainly for backcountry skiing. Just updated to the newest version (1.6) and so far so good. I will update with a more detailed review after further field use.
  • Awesome App

    By Onedoubles
    I use this all the time for snowman the back country and it's really great. Easy to use and very helpful.
  • Excellent Tracking App

    By IS Gramps
    For two years I have used this app for Nordic skiing, biking, hiking and walking. It is far superior to any other GPS app in providing extensive data for post activity analysis of activity, such as elevation gain, moving vs stopped time. It’s especially superior with accuracy of location which is important when in back country woods. My daughter recently switched to it and was equally impressed.
  • Worth it

    By Bugglife
    Great app. Worth the money, just remember to download maps before you head into the backcountry.
  • My go to activity tracking app

    By WITstudent
    This app is very good These are the things I like most about it: 1. It is extremely stable. This is important in an activity tracking app. When you’re hiking in the winter and the windchill is -40 you don’t want to have to check on the app to see if it is still running. With Gaia I know it’s still tracking. It has never crashed on me. 2. It is extremely energy efficient. I’ve used a lot of tracking apps. Some will drain your battery too quickly. Gaia has always amazed me. I’ve used it to track 5 hours straight and my phone battery only drops by a few percentage points. Of course if you are constantly checking the map then it will drain faster but that is just the display, out of their control. When the screen is locked it is so efficient it’s amazing. 3. So many map sources. When hiking in the mountains it is very useful to have different maps at your disposal such as satellite maps and topo or contour maps from multiple sources as different sources sometimes have different trails. Gaia provides so many maps, and they are downloadable for offline use. 4. Very good meaningful updates with release notes! Gaia constantly improves and takes advantage of new frameworks and hardware when apple releases them. Continuous improvements are important with software on mobile platforms to maintain stability and Gaia is always on their game. A bug: For years the elevation graph for hikes uphill, for example the base of the mountain is 1200 feet and the summit is 4100 feet, the elevation graph does not work. Sometimes it shows no elevation incline at all, sometimes half of it is filled in, sometimes most of it is filled in. I always create a separate track for my hikes downhill and the downhill hikes always show a perfect elevation profile for the downhill hike. This is a strange bug and I don’t know how it has existed for so many years without being fixed. The elevation graph for these uphill hikes look just fine on the Gaia website. It is only the app that has the problem. Something that I think can be better: Speed and elevation graphs that can be interacted with. Like a way pinch to zoom in on the graphs, swiping to scrub forward and backward in time, and maybe a tap and hold gesture on the data line to show the ‘Y’ value at position ‘X’ as you drag your finger along the line so you can really analyze your data later.