Best Android Apps for Hiking

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A while back Josh and I started talking about some of the great hiking apps we have on our phones, Josh being and iPhone user and myself being an Android user. After debating what platform was best, we decided to post what we thought the best hiking apps were. Before picking up a legitimate GPS which we reviewed here, I used an old Android phone to track our hikes, follow routes and look up way points. There are several solid set of apps out there for the outdoor enthusiast and so let’s get down to business.

EveryTrail – Free and Paid

“EveryTrail is the best way to share trips, connect with other travelers and find great new things to do” – Every Trail is great, it can track hikes but its real value for me is being able to look up trips and routes from other people and download them to my phone. Downloading tracks for offline use is one of the premium features which is the reason I bought it and it works great. My EveryTrail profile



My Tracks – Free

“My Tracks records your path, speed, distance, and elevation while you walk, run, bike, or do anything else outdoors. While recording, you can view your data live, annotate your path, and hear periodic voice announcements of your progress.” – My Tracks is my go to hike tracking app, its simple and easy to use. The reason I have both EveryTrail and MyTracks on my list is that I am often using them at the same time, I will use EveryTrail to follow a track or GPS points and then use MyTracks to track my hike, it’s a great combination.



BackCountry Navigator – Paid

“Play in the outdoors with GPS and offline topo maps! Use your phone or tablet as a offroad topo mapping GPS with the bestselling outdoor navigation app for Android! Explore beyond cell coverage for hiking, hunting and more. Download topo maps for the US and some other countries in advance, so you won’t need cell coverage when navigating.” –  I warn you, BackCountry Navigator is intense and expensive but it’s very awesome. Its ability to show you multiple map types but also download map tiles for offline use is amazing. For offroading and hiking where you need a good topo map this is the best app I have found.



CalParks – Free

“With the official California State Parks Foundation app, created by EveryTrail, you can explore California’s Top 50 state parks, plus much more.” – I love finding new places to hike and explore, this is where CalParks comes in, I have discovered some great places to find adventure through this app. Be it little known parks I have never heard of or larger parks with new trails,  this is a great app for those living in California.



Peak.AR – Free

“Somewhere in the universe, eavesdropping a dialog between Captain Picard and his crew… “Captain, this is fascinating! This new tool knows the names of the mountains I am looking at. Experience the intriguing panorama of the peaks surrounding you.” – Peak.AR is a neat little app that shows you what peaks are around you, which is fun and provides some great information about what you might be looking at. It does need good satellite coverage for it to work properly and at times depending on coverage takes a little time to start-up but once it does it provides a really cool way to display peaks based upon where the phone is pointed.



Photoaf Panorama – Free and Paid

“Easily create amazing panoramas from your Android phone. Photaf – The best Android App for creating panoramas. Create beautiful, seamless 360 panoramic photos easily by utilizing the camera and the orientation sensor to know the exact angle each picture was taken.” – If you are off hiking, the odds are you are snapping some pictures along the way to some kind of epic destination; however,  once you get there, sometimes a few pictures does not do the destination justice and therefore a panorama is needed. This is my favorite panorama app of all the ones I have tried on Google Play. The auto picture-taking and stitching are both great and make some cool panoramas.


Camp and RV – Campgrounds Plus – Paid

“Now in it’s third year, the most popular camping app gets better all year long. It is the revolutionary app that lets you find and filter both places and services with or without internet. From resorts to parking lots, extensive filters help you find exactly what you want year after year for a one time price and no ads.” – If you like to travel or camp this app is amazing, it combines all of  the information you need to find a camping spot or a place to park your RV. It also lets you find a place that allows overnight parking or other amenities. While expensive for an app, it has some of the best aggregate data I have seen for camping / travel app.



So there is my list, now it is your turn, what are your favorite outdoor apps for Android? Let us know in the comments.

About Zac

My name is Zac and some of my interests include technology, the web, social media, religion, books, the outdoors and running. I am an avid hiker, runner, mountain biker, gear junkie and outdoor adventurer. I love Southern California, the beaches or the mountains, the summer or the winter. I work for the Gordian Project which runs eCommerce websites, and and I am part of the Adventure Team. I also collect knives and enjoy testing out new adventure gear of all sorts.

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  • CJGhiker

    If you are hiking with no data and want to have a simple android app that allows you to navigate to waypoints and save favorits try BSC Walk About.

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    • Zac

      Thanks CJGhiker I will check that app out!

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  • BSCSoftware

    CJGhiker, thanks for mentioning our app, please let us know what you think and what we can do to make it more useful to you and other hikers. We have recently introduced some updates to make the app more user friendly and to let users select waypoints from gpx files on thier phone.

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