Hiking GPS for iPhone

Since it was introduced several years ago, the iPhone has transformed into a very sophisticated and high powered device that can do all kinds of functions that other devices can do.

Considering its following, Apple has attached a very powerful GPS system in the phone that makes the iPhone an ideal replacement for GPS devices.

However, which apps should you get if you are going to use your iPhone for your next hiking escapade? Here are some of the best applications you can try out on your iPhone to turn it into a hiking GPS.

Gaia GPS: Topo maps and Trails for Offline Hiking and Camping

Price: $9.99

Gaia GPS is considered one of the best outdoor mapping apps in the Apple App Store and lauded in various publications because of its capability. You can view the maps through the main page of the application and download all types of maps that you may need on your hike.

You can even get a copy of the government-released topo maps without worrying about subscription costs, as it is all free for offline use if you have purchased the app.

You can also use the app to view NEXRAD radar data and Gaia POI data and modify your viewing screen based on your preference.

Subscription is worth $5.99 per month or $39.99 per year but you get almost everything a GPS device is capable of without having to purchase a separate device.

Map My Hike – GPS Hiking Tracker and Trail Finder

Price: Free

This free hiking app is the winner of the ‘Best Running App Reader’s Choice’ from About.com and it is connected with known athlete brand Under Armour.

You get almost every feature you may need for a GPS device as it records your 24/7 activities such as your steps, sleep, workout and tracking mileage and identify your route for easy backtracking.

If you bought Under Armour gear which is GPS compatible, you can view your mileage and prevent yourself from getting injuries.

You will also be able to record GPS-based workouts that will help you change your activities and to enjoy the other features of this system, you can subscribe to the MVP package of this app for $5.99 per month or $29.99 per year.

My Altitude

Price: Free

This free app can help you determine your current location, altitude, barometric pressure and water boiling point thanks to the help of GPS signals you can view with your Apple Watch App.

If you are in an area which has no internet connection or phone signals, this system will use your phone’s sensor to determine important data, but you can also use the NOAA data files which can estimate your data.

You can get a photo that will record your current location and save the coordinates. If you own an iPhone 6/6+ device, it has an already built-in barometric sensor that can help you easily get an idea of your location.

Runtastic Altimeter GPS PRO – Altitude, Elevation, Compass, Weather and Wind Info

Price: $1.99

Turn your iPhone into a powerful GPS device that has an altimeter, compass, navigator and other cool features you would see in the best GPS devices on the market. Many would say that this is a hiker and trekking buddy, because this will give you the most accurate measurement of altitude elevation, determine sunrise/sunrise, directions and weather conditions.

If you purchase the app, you are guaranteed to enjoy all the features of the app without ads. You can even share your details with your friends through your favorite social media accounts.

Travel Altimeter – GPS Altitude & Map Elevation – Compass – Barometer – Location Coordinates

Price: $1.99

This paid iPhone app may look simple at first, but it promises very accurate GPS data recording anywhere you may be on the planet. The simple interface allows you to see the altitude, latitude and longitude of your current location.

It also allows you to view the ground elevation of your location and you can even benefit from its built-in flashlights. You can share screenshots of your journey in your favorite social networking site with customized backgrounds.

MotionX GPS

Price: $1.99

This one of a kind GPS app has won several awards and commendations from groups like Mc Observer, Washington Post and ComputerWorld. Hailed as the No. 1 multi-sport application for the iPhone, you can use this for any type of outdoor activity and get the most accurate results each and every time.

You can pick from 14 map sources that will detail all types of points regarding your route.

You can even use the maps while you are offline, and save 300 tracks to 2500 waypoints for your records. It even has an interactive stopwatch and voice coach if you need it to help you on your trip or with exercises.

The Bottom Line

If you don’t need a dedicated hand-held hiking GPS, then perhaps one of these iPhone apps can cater to your needs.