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gps topo maps
0.00
3
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camping magazine
0.03
3
offroad trails
13.61
2
hiking trails
28.40
2
gaia maps
2.4 K
1
gaia pro
122
1
gps topo
0.00
1
tom's 4x4
1.19
1
4x4 free
0.00
1
offroad gps
29.83
1
gpx navigator
48.86
1
motion x gps
9.82
1
gps land ownership maps
0.00
1
off road gps
61.83
1
gaia gps
10.82
1
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gaia gps Hiking, Offroad Maps
Description
Navigate, track, and explore with gaia gps. Millions of people worldwide have used gaia gps to hike, hunt, camp, ski, and explore the backroads. gaia gps has been featured in countless publications, including Outside, Backpacker, Trail Runner, the New York Times, and numerous App Store features. ►► Backpacking gaia gps started as a backpacking app. Download topo and satellite maps for offline use. Use intelligent routing tools to plan trips, and measure distance, altitude, and elevation change. View your route using comprehensive backpacking maps, including up-to-date weather forecasts. ►► Day Hiking Both a hiking navigation app and a platform for finding hikes, gaia gps helps you discover your next adventure. Use the Discover tab to find hikes and nearby trails, and download maps and hike info to your phone for offline use. ►► Camping and Overlanding gaia gps helps you find a campsite on the road, or deep in the backcountry. As a camping app, gaia gps delivers public land data to help you stay legal, maps with campsites, parks, and forests, as well as weather overlays. Mark waypoints to create custom camping maps, plus reference road maps and Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) to plot overland, 4x4, and off-roading routes. Use gaia gps in your car's dash via Apple CarPlay. ►► Backcountry Skiing and Mountaineering Apply slope-angle shading and 24-, 48-,and 72-hour Snowfall and Precipitation Forecast overlays to create custom backcountry skiing maps, plan tours, and avoid avalanche terrain. As a backcountry skiing app, gaia gps helps you find powder and stay safe on the slopes. ►► Hunting Driven by hunters on the team, gaia gps has become a top hunting app. Build custom hunting maps that include public land designations, private land ownership, and state-by-state hunting units. ►► Mountain Biking Go farther, faster by mounting gaia gps to your handlebars for hands-free navigation. Access mountain biking trail maps on both public and private land. gaia gps is a great mtb app for deep exploration. ►► Professional Use: Firefighters, Search and Rescue teams, Land Manager, GIS Techs, and Guides gaia gps is the preferred nav app for outdoor professionals. Quickly route to GPS coordinates, plot fire perimeters, view recent wildfires, and share maps, tracks, and waypoints with your team. Guides can mark routes, campsites, and water sources, and share hard-to-find approaches and descents with clients and fellow guides. ►► Membership Levels Free Level - You'll be limited to the default map source, and you won't be able to download maps for offline use. 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 (including Appalachian Trail, Colorado Trail, and John Muir Trail maps) • ESRI World Satellite Imagery • NOAA weather forecasts • Current and Historical Wildfires • US Private Land Ownership (including owner names and addresses for parcels) • US Hunting Layers (including GMUs, public land, and recent fires) • US Public Land (BLM, Forests, more) • US Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) • Hill-shading, contour-line, slope-angle, and other overlays • Backroads Mapbooks Canada • France IGN • Swiss Topo ► To manage your subscription: • TURN OFF auto-renewal via the main Settings app: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4098 • Subscriptions automatically renew 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 of the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal. • Your iTunes Account will be charged at confirmation of purchase. • Visit the following URL to view our Privacy Policy: http://www.gaiagps.com/gaiacloud-terms/ • Visit the following URL for full terms of use: http://www.gaiagps.com/terms_of_use
Essential
by NotwatchinLondonGames on 2020/08/07 18:08
I use Gaia for all of my exploration. Whether by bike through desert or mountaineering. It’s changed the game for me.
Great
by 2slim2 on 2020/08/06 17:30
Good app I have premium service I use it for off-roading and atving works great wish they would update the trails and add color to the map
Where’s Sign In with Apple?
by Dookie 2x on 2020/08/06 14:20
I thought all apps were required to offer it if they allowed sign in with any other service. This one supports Facebook. Why not offer one that respects user privacy. I’m also trying the app out and I was hoping to browse there trails or other member recorded routes they may have shared shared to explore.
Useless as an actual gps.
by publichunt on 2020/08/06 02:37
I downloaded, open the map and it had my location 1.5 miles from were I actually was. I would never trust something that inaccurate. Wasted $39.99.
No Elevation Profile
by kjbotka on 2020/08/05 15:43
No elevation profile makes this useless compared to AllTrails. Very disappointed.
Maps are constantly redownloading
by Biffy215 on 2020/08/05 04:04
Not reliable. I plan a trip with a downloaded map and as soon as I need it it needs to download again. Very disappointed in the $20 charge.
The ultimate GPS 🗺 mapping app. Read this incredible example usage.
by Syclone Josh on 2020/08/05 02:34
👇🏼My favorite feature is the historical 1900 and 1930 maps, which premium users can overlay atop modern maps with adjustable translucency. 💡⚠️ In the Great Earthquake of 1904, San Francisco, the North American and Pacific Continental Plates abruptly shifted SO violently, THE ENTIRE CITY SUDDENLY MOVED 💥20 FEET💥 NORTHWEST*, in 60 SECONDS!! ↖️💥🌉🏙↖️🏢🌇🏬↖️🏙🏘💥↖️ 👀😲😱 (*according to the Point Reyes brochure from NPS, as Point Reyes island marks a visibly obvious split ↔️on the Pacific Plate perfectly along the San Andreas Fault↕️ across from the NA Plate.) Here’s the awesome part: I used Gaia GPS to overlay the 1930 map over the 1900 map of the San Francisco area AND SURE ENOUGH, all the lines and everything appears shifted a bit to the north!!! Incredible!!😲😲🗺👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 The possibilities of what you can do with this app are endless, especially on an iPad. It makes Google Maps look like a children’s toy. Like the emperor said: “Now witness the power of my fully operational battle station.”😁
Sounds Like Updates are in the Works
by Alolio on 2020/08/04 18:08
I appreciate having received a developer response that some of the shortcomings outlined below are being addressed. I’d still go with Gaia over the others, and I’d still say there are some needed QOL additions. Some things I believe need work: Poor organization of trips - why have folders and then display every prospective route in the “folders” view? Why no bulk add of multiple routes and waypoints to one folder? There’s no way to see your waypoints on an elevation, such that your waypoints for overnight camps appear in the elevation view. This matters because you can’t get accurate mileage from one camp to the next when planning routes. The only way I can find to do that is to make separate routes for each day, which is fine, until you go to look at the “folder view” and find it filled with 30 or 40 separate routes from various prospective trips. There doesn’t appear to be an “out and back” option to create a full “out and back mileage” and elevation profile - the best you can do is create another point somewhere near the origin. But you can’t put the final point directly on the origin, because doing so grabs and moves the origin point. Multiplying is easy enough, but other apps have this feature, and it’s a nice add. I have used other apps, and each has its own shortcomings. All this said, Gaia is easier to use than others, and it gets the job done.
Was great until started charging.
by Aettin4157 on 2020/08/03 05:25
Good luck finding downloaded maps when you need them the most. It has been worthless for every off grid hike the last couple of years despite carefully downloading the appropriate maps. This was an fantastic app 6-7 years ago but junk now. You’re better off with a Garmin linked to iPhone by Bluetooth. Or buying USGA Topo maps and using a compass. Deleting from my phone has been a happy end to unnecessary frustration.
Desktop or Laptop a Must!
by Motopath on 2020/08/02 01:33
You need to use this app on something with a screen larger than an iPad to really appreciate it. I had originally gave this app 1/5 stars due to the lack of info on the map. But when you zoom out on a larger screen and delve into the options, WOW!, this app is amazing, and worth the basic subscription for general use or the Premium subscription for advanced users.
I can’t be the only one with problems
by This guy48 on 2020/08/01 20:05
This is a great app when it’s working properly. It seems that when I need it the most it won’t find my location on the map. I’ll hit the locate button and it’ll put me about 20 miles away of where I’m actually at. I thought it was my phone but this is the third phone with the exact same issue. I want to keep this gps but not if it’s not finding me when I need it to.
Only 10 hikes in Yosemite??
by Myra Lynn Lawrence on 2020/07/30 17:39
I had to delete this app and request a refund. I was excited to use this for my backcountry hikes after struggling a bit with AllTrails, but when I searched near Yosemite only 10 hikes came up so something is very wrong.
Best Offline Adventure Maps!
by kml^3 on 2020/07/28 20:13
So many layers - this is a really powerful tool to help me navigate the backcountry. Keep up the great work Gaia!!!
Good but not great
by Rottlady on 2020/07/28 00:17
I have the free version, I’ve found it to be quite a battery pig even when not using it to record my path
Long time user
by Flipeed68 on 2020/07/27 22:27
Been a great tool to navigate while on my diet bike or 4 wheeler. I would recommend it.
Scam
by drewtercek on 2020/07/27 12:12
Have tried cancelling this for the last 3 years and it STILL charges my account. Zero help in the past. No sign of it in my Apple account to unsubscribe since I unsubscribed to it in my account in the past. Make sure if you purchase this you know you’re buying it for life.
Cool app
by Anchor Alarm on 2020/07/26 06:43
Great for off roading
Love Gaia!
by 茉小粒 on 2020/07/25 17:54
Reliable! Can’t hike without it!
Gaia GPS
by Celeritus on 2020/07/24 18:17
So simple even I can understand and use it. So simple , so useful, so happy.
The best trail guide
by mickey escursionista on 2020/07/24 17:39
I like this app, it works very well, in finding trails and following them on the field. Easy, practical, well made.
Wonderful app for most to the world
by Yoshi TX on 2020/07/23 22:51
Usted in Patagonia, Maine, Japan and all sorts of trails all of the United States. Dang good little application.
Gaia app
by Winht on 2020/07/22 23:03
I have finally found the time to explore your app after several months of joining. I discovered it's much easier to understand now than I had previously thought and that thanks to your tutorial video. I tried to download a map and it worked as it should. The cost I paid, is it a one time pay or annual cost? Thanks
Awesome
by kelenaw on 2020/07/21 23:23
The world is more understandable with gaia
Amazing
by E-Dolla$ign on 2020/07/19 13:59
If you’re reading this do yourself a favor and buy it! After using Gaia for years hiking in the backcountry I would never consider using another app.
Off road necessity
by TheBarbee on 2020/07/19 01:06
We have a Jeep and like to explore the National and state forests. This app is the single best tool after a 4WD vehicle. It has loads of map layers and the offline features are great. Highly recommend. 10/10 all day
One of the best mapping software out there
by Nytro13 on 2020/07/18 17:30
I use this for personal and volunteer search and rescue. There are a couple other alternative options out but I am most familiar with this. I have a paid version but can’t remember what level. Super easy to use. Modifiable home screen for quick access to data (distance, speed, elevation, coordinates, start/stop) depending on which is needed most at any given time. Ability to download and store maps, even over cell and from the app. Can run most functions from the app but can also access through desktop. Store and share .gpx files easily. Can now set up and delineate areas (SAR function). Add photos to routes. Set privacy settings. Most functions very intuitive and easy to use.
Sneaky automatic subscription
by lindizzly456 on 2020/07/17 06:59
Automatically signed me up for a $20/yr subscription that I didn’t find out about until deleting the app. Not cool.
Go to backcountry route finder
by bennyschoops on 2020/07/16 19:51
Love this app, been using it for years now and it has only gotten better. Don't expect it to have super fancy tools and a seamless interface, it's a utilitarian app made by a small group of people. There's been lots of hoopla around other navigation apps over the years and currently, but I doubt I will ever use anything other than Gaia. Uses: bikepacking, hiking, off trail scrambling, off roading.
Basic needs
by Saga121 on 2020/07/16 18:14
I started using the free version of the app in May. We used it everyday during a Search & Rescue operation. I was impressed by it until I noticed it would crash occasionally. When this happened, you would lose all data, which started to become annoying. It got even worse when I filled out a survey about the app. As I finished the survey, I got kicked off the app and the app would never work on my iPhone until deleting and reinstalling. I reinstalled, losing all my saved data. If you’re serious about navigating get yourself a Garmin.
Excellent!!!!
by bfggtyhgfrgg on 2020/07/16 14:35
Have used this app for over 10 years and it has always been top notch! Would recommend to everyone.
Courage to explore
by e4nite on 2020/07/16 03:56
I found out about this App from the, “Out and Back podcast,” episode four. I use it on different devices, and I use it daily to see new trails around the areas I travel. It works great on my IPad 2018 which doesn’t have a GPS signal (WiFi only). Still, it works great on my Android phone too. The premium level is the best. I have multiple layers from tons of different maps. I use Gaia Topo, CA Wildlife Areas, NatGeo, Satellite Topo, Landscape, and River Charts maps all layered together; as a result, I don’t miss a thing. I even see off beat trails that aren’t well known. It’s a awesome app !
An essential app
by orangetwelve on 2020/07/14 18:26
Without a doubt, the best, most essential third-party app on my phone. I’ve always thought the iPhone was a miraculous product because it allowed the user a totally new way to interact with the world around them. Information in our pocket. This app fulfills that promise so completely, it’s delightful. I love having this much map information at my fingertips. Wildfires. Hydrography. Historic topos. Private land ownership. USGS surveys. Forest Service maps. The list goes on. With the premium subscription and layered maps, the app becomes infinitely more useful. And with CarPlay integration, it makes driving and learning about your environment so much more fun and engaging. For those curious about the world, this is the app you want.
I’d call it 4.5
by lyndseysaid on 2020/07/14 12:45
I really enjoy using this app I like to be able to go alone and I have been able to go farther past my skill level just by being confident I could always get back. Looking at doing the enchantments this year solo and I am so excited to not have to depend so much on others. I’ve also been able to find “the end” of my prior hikes and connect the dots in a way that would have required way too many maps and Gaia can always let me see how to put it all together. I have hiked regions for years with a desire to mentally map in a way that this gives me freedom to get back on trail. I wish when the battery died there was a way to continue the trip from where the device powered down. I love the create route but wish it would default in hiking mode without WiFi but over all my complaints are minor details for how much I’ve enjoyed being able to ID mountains correctly in the view and connect the dots instead of rely on speculation. Very much an upgrade to my ability to go farther and feel smart abt it.
Highly disappointed
by the real P Dubb on 2020/07/13 22:24
been looking to get a new off-road maps app. So I downloaded the free version to see if I like the format/layout before making the purchase. This app would never track me or show my current location correctly. It would periodically move as I moved but was showing me a Half a mile away on a different road. I checked a few other apps that I’m trying out and they were spot on with my location and with tracking me so I know it was not my phone/GPS! I tried to contact customer support but was not successful with finding phone numbers or emails!
Amazing App!
by alltheotgernicknanesweretaken on 2020/07/12 13:12
This app is a life saver, must have, so much fun, reliable, and useful in so many ways. Try it out. I enjoy it.
This app saved our lifes
by SamanthaWeasley on 2020/07/11 23:08
I have been backpacking for several years now and always use this app to map/plan my routes. It has been the most useful trail app so far and works amazing even without a membership and without cell service. This is the first and likely only app review I will ever write. But this app deserves it. How it saved us: Two friends and I just completed a 2 day 20mile loop backpacking trip and planned to take a 3 mile trail back to the trailhead, should have been simple. But no, the trail was not maintained and should be closed (we’re calling the ranger station to report this). We had to bush wack then eventually the trail completely disappeared when we were on a cliff that had been burned from a fire 3 years ago. We were forced to go down this ashy cliff and hold onto broken/burnt trees while we desperately tried to find the trail and not slip. This app is 100% the only reason why we made it back to the trailhead. Even with the trail gone, this app showed where the trail should be in relation to us and how close we were getting to the trailhead. It was a terrifying experience and we all feel lucky that I had this app to guide us out. Without it we likely would not have found the way out and have been stuck in the forest. Makes you realize how important it is to have something like this. This app is a MUST have for anyone who goes on trails. You never know when a trail may not actually be there and you need to find your way back. Sorry for the long review but we are all so thankful for this app. I cannot recommend it enough. Thank you for making this.
Amazing quality
by {<•Owen•>} on 2020/07/10 16:16
Seeme like a great GPS app can’t wait to take it backpacking next week!
Best app ever
by robertlmullen74 on 2020/07/10 12:27
I once was lost...
Fantastic
by Willpower719 on 2020/07/09 14:24
I mainly use the app for off atving etc. It&#39;s a fantastic way to track your route and have a suite of diagnostic tools and information at hand.
Best gps
by Jesse SCMB on 2020/07/09 00:40
Hands down best app I’ve got on my phone. Amazing. Can’t say enough good things about it. Only way to make it better would be if they made it so you could see your friends who have the app on your map as well.
I used to be old school but now.......
by dogfuzion on 2020/07/09 00:33
This app is awesome. I have pretty much stopped using my pricey Garmin gps unit and only use this. It’s so easy to see the maps on my iPhone. You always know exactly where you are. Ridiculously easy to put tracks onto the app or export them. I got the $40 upgrade so can use National Geo maps, slope angle shading (for backcountry skiing), private property lines, just tons of useful map overlays. The only possible downside is if your phone runs out of juice. I use the app on airplane mode which conserves energy. If you were on a multi day trip you’d need an external battery phone charger. I even used this on a hut trip in British Columbia and it worked beyond expectations.
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by ابو غلاء on 2020/07/07 14:28
I’m glad that I found this app which provide me wit many thing that I wantedBut I have a problem with the language the Arabic language when converting it to the Arabic language, there is an overlap in the folder&#39;s name and arrows, and the coordinates do not appear when a reference point is pressed and cannot be copied.
Pretty good
by CrashyAppy on 2020/07/03 06:19
Not great, but better than Earthmate and OnX!
One of the best.
by NDemitri on 2020/07/02 13:54
Been using this app since it’s first iteration and have used it for personal and professional guiding work. The ability to download maps, create route/import route plans, and track make this an extraordinary app that works well both online and offline when out of cell coverage.
Saved my life!
by wrightmg on 2020/07/02 02:47
I currently run the free version off this app but plan to pay for it after it saved mine and two others lives! Other than keeping us on our trail and knowledge of elevation and topo lines it contained our exact coordinates when things got hairy! An unexpected snow storm rolled in on us and lasted a little over 48 hours and full on blocked us in on a trail that was hiking access only. We managed to get cell service at the top of a cliff and send out our gps coordinates from the app and as soon as the storm cleared we were evacuated safe and sound with minor symptoms of hypothermia. Had I not had this app we would have been in a far worse situation just waiting for them to find us as pinging our phones lead them to believe we were two mountain passes over. I never thought a silly map app would be something I relied on so heavily!
Good but could be much better.
by Quiet Professional on 2020/06/28 12:36
I like the app but it’s missing some features they could make it killer. No location sharing. Should be able to see where others in your group are. Limited selection of map tools.
Best at it
by Travelboysteve on 2020/06/26 06:40
Used quite a few mapping software solutions. Gaia is super easy to use and the platform is top notch. Only thing I use in my Jeep Tracks and waypoints make for easy navigation and the satellite map details are the best out there. Enjoy
Great app!
by angelfaceiowa on 2020/06/26 02:04
This app came in handy when driving the trails in Colorado! It even worked with no signal! I love how it tells you elevation. I just wish it would show the difficulty of each trail. Maybe it does and I just don’t know how to read it.
Map download consistently doesn’t work
by Pyrofighting on 2020/06/23 14:34
I tried to ask direct but their website makes it impossible to email customer support. They want you to use the forums. I have been unable to locate anything about download failure. The app halfway downloads apps then fails and won’t restart. Seems to be a problem. It also continually asks me for my Facebook login over and over.
Very nice application.
by Rokair on 2020/06/21 15:57
This application works well and the price isn’t bad if you use it often. I may have simply not found the settings yet but it would be nice to be able to set things like...the color of the mile markers. When hiking an existing track it would be nice if the track’s markets looked different than the actual markets for my current hike. It also seems that while some of the maps would not be available (for cost reasons) until the more expensive subscription that I should be able to use more of the features with the maps that are included in my subscription.
Impressive
by Fiddle1950 on 2020/06/20 21:07
I’ve used this app for over a year. It’s great as a navigation aid off-road and on inland lakes.
Disappointed...
by IHAVEACLUEDOU? on 2020/06/19 23:57
I had generally heard good things about this app and, with the current crisis in place, thought I’d splurge and upgrade. So, I bought the upgraded membership and cannot download any maps although I’m paying for access to supposedly a plethora of maps. I message customer service and get an auto-generated reply saying that they’ll get back to me. Immediate payment for membership should lead to immediate access, folks. If you go to the store and grab some food, you have to pay to take them home. Same thing should apply here.
Happy!
by Rbell999999 on 2020/06/19 14:12
We’ve tried all the maps apps, and this is the best one. Much better than AllTrails for hiking. Plus it has precipitation maps you can add.
Best nav app for outdoor people
by Freemarkit on 2020/06/16 16:37
Best nav app for outdoor people
Gaia Rocks
by Slomoracing on 2020/06/16 02:33
Love this app, great for hiking and bikepacking.
GAIA has come a long way...
by johnegates on 2020/06/14 14:16
I almost gave up on GAIA two years ago, but the continued improvements and customer support have now surpassed the competition. The app launches fast, intuitive to use, and syncs well to their browser interface ( which is also easy to use).
Paid for premium took money never received it
by tim688 on 2020/06/13 13:55
I paid for premium membership they took the money and I received nothing. Can’t do anything with it and I don’t know how to contact them no info.
Useless, I would never pay for this.
by willnotletme postthis on 2020/06/12 21:44
I downloaded this because I have heard people raving about this app for off-roading. I had Lat / Long for a campsite I am going to and put this in search, it gave me NOTHING, so checked it on Google maps and bingo it was there. This app also froze up on me while trying to navigate it. After this review I will be removing it. I am glad I tried the free version before paying for the other and wasting money.
Gaia GPS Review
by Idahikerron on 2020/06/12 20:04
Gaia GPS is a highly functional, fully-featured app which has endeared itself to me over the years. The compass-heading arrow which orients me on the map has been particularly useful for getting back on track when off-trail bushwhacking. The help feature is also quite useful for learning how to use features and troubleshooting. Support is readily available by in-app help or by email.
Latest and greatest!
by Dchurc on 2020/06/12 19:54
This is the greatest modern day App. It basically has everything you need for getting outdoors. It’s Zoom during the pandemic only you can utilize it for everything non virtual. Thanks for continuing to develop new maps!
Great mapping App
by Sbreen on 2020/06/12 02:17
I mainly use this app for off road Jeep riding in national Forrest. Works great
Perfect for long mountain hikes!
by Washington St Girl on 2020/06/11 13:29
I start the tracker when I leave the truck and then when I’m ready to head back I just follow the tracker.
Excellent app
by meadowsRTS on 2020/06/11 13:07
Excellent app. Has become one of my favorites.
Get Out There...Don’t Get Lost
by WheelinWagon on 2020/06/10 02:17
This simple to use app is amazing! It is a must for back road exploring and trail riding!
Great product
by pat100ch on 2020/06/09 17:20
I have used other apps and have found this to be more user friendly. Still learning and have told other’s that enjoy. One thing need more ATV trails
My favorite app!
by Skibro_992 on 2020/06/08 03:25
Such a great app! I’ve used it for everything from Rainier to Belize City—it’s never let me down. It’s accurate to a couple feet, sips battery like i drink hot black coffee on a July Texas afternoon, and is super easy to use. Can’t recommend enough.
Best GPS mapping service on the App Store
by A_venator on 2020/06/06 22:50
Easy to use, accurate and outright amazing. The devs did a great job all around. From off-roaring to mountaineering this is my go to
Lots of map overlays
by mschwarz on 2020/06/06 16:22
It&#39;s just what I was looking for! The land ownership map is one I use even more than I was expecting. It’s super helpful when we’re on the edge of a park in town m and want to explore responsibly.
Excellent app
by FlyOzone on 2020/06/06 01:21
This is our go to app for trails and logging roads when you are out of cell range. It is fantastic.
Love This App!!
by balloonaticman on 2020/06/04 13:27
Because the included Gaiagps Topo map is a vector map, it is incredibly fast. It is also very accurate and highly detailed. This feature alone should be enough to choose this app over other options. Request: When creating a route in straight line mode, the addition of the route heading would be incredibly helpful. Currently only the bearing from your current location to the selected route point is shown. Thank you for a really wonderful app!
The best GPS App
by J.W. on 2020/06/02 21:53
If you do anything that requires maps and GPS location, use this app.
Sportsman take notice! Beats OnX
by Robin Folger on 2020/06/01 07:40
Are you looking for an alternative to the high cost of OnX? Look no further- serious hunter and fisherman, this has all the same maps and details, and consistently prices to be a winner offline. Plan, track, find private owners, weather mapping, burn maps, it’s got it all. For the serious hunter, it’s the tool you can’t do without.
Best GPS Mapping App. Period.
by T-wrexxx on 2020/06/01 02:59
I use Gaia GPS every time I go kayaking, and use it to log my trips. It’s an awesome way to keep track of my miles, pace, and speed, and also find my take-out points! Couldn’t ask for a better app!
Gia Maps
by Maverick ryder on 2020/05/30 16:20
Highly recommended Gia maps very easy to use.
Great app
by Thunder Butt on 2020/05/28 11:59
Ok so here’s my take, if you need to just know where you are on a map the free version does that wonderfully. I haven’t tried the paid version so I can’t say much about it but the benefits seem to be worth it. Cons because I like getting this out of the way: - needs a tutorial when you first stat it up, it’s feature rich but you have to figure it out. There’s a few tutorials on YouTube but that’s it. Set it up and learn it before you leave your house! - the default settings seem a bit backwards. It’s hard to explain(I can’t because I forgot what I did) but you’ll have to play with the map/compass settings till you get it to suit you. - Trails don’t have distance indicators, you have to set waypoints and a course ahead of time to get that. Distance and waypoints are done for you on AllTrails but it’s crowdsourced so I’m not surprised. Still though it’d be nice if I knew that taking a detour to see something would be X distance away rather than trying to change waypoints on my phone for a hypothetical. - weather maps are 24 hour forecast, I used weather bug to see where a storm was currently and decided to head out early. Access to Doppler would be a fantastic feature but even maps with weather forecasts are for subscribers. Pros: - works fine offline, I set my phone to airplane mode(as you should to save battery) and had zero issues. AllTrails doesn’t allow this, you have to be online first then you can go offline. If I’m lost with no signal how is this helpful? Gaia has your back. - Customer support is stupid quick, I messaged them on Insta and got help quickly. - user suggested trails and photos, I love knowing ahead of time if a scenic spot is worth trekking 5 miles to see. - it’s seriously feature rich and customizable!
Privacy and folders are bad
by Warren MacEvoy on 2020/05/25 04:17
Want to make sure everyone on the planet knows where your secret fishing hole is? Keeping data private is like not walking on trip wires at night. They just want your data. Want to organize your waypoints once your at a comfy computer screen? Play the “how many times can you click” game as you painfully move every single waypoint into a folder. Want to export to your data with notes and pictures? Well who really wants that to be easy.... I really do like the basics of this app; but working wit
Elevation?
by Ravin' mad on 2020/05/20 22:45
Pros: Love the topos and offline/cell capabilities. Cons: Elevation data is inaccurate compared to GPS Kit app &amp; Garmin 62s. Graph is often clipped at top. Even when it isn’t, studying the graph shows more elevation gain than the corresponding data produced. Haven’t discovered how to drop a waypoint if that is possible. Prefer to edit hikes on a lap top to review data and create a track with waypoints to be used in future. Conclusion: still evaluating for usefulness for navigating hikes.
Gaia GPS Works Best
by Wyoming Man on 2020/05/10 18:56
Thank you for continuing to improve Gaia GPS. You have justified my faith as a 5 year premium subscriber. I would like more categories for tracks/routes/maps. 1. Walking along pathways is very popular now. 2. ATV/UTV trails are often different from dirt bikes. Canoeing/kayaking. Sorting views/maps) by size (MB), would be useful. Please keep up the good work!
Ideal for aspiring backcountry climbers
by drkreiger on 2020/04/30 15:13
Have been using this fantastic app along with a solar panel for multi day trips in the PNW with no problems for over a year now. From remote down river trips where missing beaches would have ruined the day to trying to rediscover a remote boulder, Gaia’s functions have been simply and have not failed me once. I only wish I could purchase a lifelong item vs the subscription service!
Life Saver!
by Alex Cast on 2020/04/30 02:49
Thank you Gaia GPS!!!
The ONLY Choice
by Gpsjake on 2020/04/25 14:51
Gaia is one of those unicorn apps that renders all competing products utterly useless. Now, with the proliferation of waterproof phones, even a handheld, standalone GPS unit from the traditional manufacturers are silly in comparison. Gaia is fast, easy to navigate and continuously improves in their product. They have tracking capability but also trail auto-routing in some cases. I use this app almost every day and I’m amazed at the small features and capabilities I confuse finding. Their mapping overlays are incredible both in detail and selection. Using the overlays one can find any number of unique areas or special, hidden locations. With a product like Gaia I wonder why any other GPS/mapping solution even exists.. Keep up the good work guys!
Horrible to navigate
by Kreegeg on 2020/04/21 19:40
This app is no good. I thought after paying 20$ I would get more features but after paying for the 20$ membership it removed 5 layers from the maps I had available and now I can only view 2 map layers and it won’t let me add the old layers back. So I paid 20$ to lose features and maps with no response from support. Spend your money elsewhere
Excellent product and support
by Hjay9 on 2020/04/21 18:13
I’ve been hiking and using gps devices for years. Without a doubt GAIA is excellent, easy to use and best of all, excellent support. Do nit hesitate to try and buy.
Incredible GPS
by nwmtnguy on 2020/04/08 06:33
UPDATE: I only had one suggestion in my original review and it turns out the developer already fixed it in the most recent update. I would give this app more than 5 stars if I could! ORIGINAL REVIEW: I’ve tried a lot of GPS apps and this is hands -down the best one I’ve ever found for backcountry use. The only improvement I’d suggest is adding the option to ignore the phone’s dark mode setting. I much prefer the iOS interface in dark mode but find the dark Gaia map pretty difficult to read in most circumstances.
Latest version is buggy
by Cjwoodspt on 2020/03/14 23:40
It completely freezes on my iPhone 11pro when I try to download a trail from the Discover choice. Which is a bummer cuz otherwise I love this app.
Difficult, like it wants to prevent you from using it
by Pseudotsuga on 2020/03/13 19:42
Obtuse, awkward, counterproductive. I would never in a million years use this app if I had any choice.
Crashes
by cr4nk13stN0t3 on 2020/03/13 13:26
I really like the look and how easy it is to use. But the app crashes very frequently. Placing waypoints is a bit tricky. If you don’t have it exactly on the trail it just draws a straight line.
It’s pretty good, but has its quirks
by frogpose on 2020/03/13 03:13
I’ve used this app for navigation and data collection on a few projects as a field biologist. It’s got a lot of good points, but also could use some improvements. The good: overall it’s intuitive to use , especially the data collection. I love how easy it is to organize data in folders (except that you can’t remove a subfolder once you’ve put it in one). The graphics choices are very good. Importing and exporting files is also easy. It does kill my battery, but I expected that. My biggest complaint is that using a ruler to measure distance is annoying. You have to to into a menu and create a route. But this only allows you to measure between you and another point. In my opinion, one of the most important features of a navigation device is measuring distance! I would love to have the ruler as a tab by itself and that could be used to measure arbitrary points. Also, some of the base maps are old. Really old. One map I was using was at least 7 years old. And this is for the subscription version. Some of my coworkers wished that they’d stayed with the free version and felt that the paid upgrade wasn’t worth it. Once my subscription run out, I may try it with the free version to see if I like it.
Great GPS Map Application
by Echinacea1978 on 2020/03/07 16:23
This is absolutely a phenomenal app. Awesome features, map detail, available customizations that the user can make, and has a great yearly membership fee of $39.99 for the Premium level account. I like the go out into the wilderness and off the beaten tracks a lot. The biggest issue I have with this app is, it eats my iPhone’s battery down double that of what Google Maps does. This would be a HUGE issue if I used this application as much as I did my primary Garmin hiking GPS. Luckily, I only rely on this application occasionally to see where I am at and what’s around me. I will compare it to my primary map and hiking GPS to get a better idea of the lay of the land around me.
Best by far...still
by americasbeaches on 2020/03/06 09:39
This has been my backcountry navigation app for years in the Rockies. More and more friends of mine are using it now and although we all try other ones, this is still the gold standard for me. The ability to turn it on and see where I am on both the USGS 7.5 min map and a satellite image, with blending of the two images, is awesome! That is a Premium tool... well worth it. I use it for both on trail and off trail navigation and planning to find and get to high country meadow fishing spots. This is also an excellent hunting tool: I plan my deer hunts with it. It is great for figuring out new hunting camp lands... especially because the imagery shows new timber cut areas so well on the topo overlays. (Also, they finally got the detailed NOAA chart of upper Mobile Bay, where I boat, on the premium so now I’m using it more in my boat. Thanks)
Accurate
by 828 Runner on 2020/03/05 14:36
I use this app while running/hiking. It works great when you pre-load a .gpx track of your intended route, so you can always make sure you are on track. I also use it when I haven’t pre-loaded a route but am unsure of which direction to take at an intersection and just need a second look at a map. The accuracy in pinpointing your current location is incredible. I feel much more confident in the back country knowing that I have this app at hand.
In-app disable night mode
by CLYDEinStLouis on 2020/03/02 16:34
PLEASE, allow us to disable night mode inside the app. It’s rendering many map layers useless! CarPlay integration is really nice to have. After some more testing, I’m confident that I’ll eventually be able to retire my iPad as far as Jeep navigation goes.
Mostly good
by Lk 7556 on 2020/03/02 00:14
Very good app, however the mountain top elevations on the Gaia topo maps are very inaccurate. I’d estimate nearly 1/2 of them in the eastern Sierra are wrong. I don’t understand how this happens. They don’t change particularly fast. Also, the app uses battery pretty quickly when recording a route. A day hike is okay but I can’t see it being a useful feature for backpacking.
Works great, CarPlay now!
by JohnKes on 2020/02/26 18:31
Works great! Able to download maps and routes. Now has CarPlay support.
My Friends said I had to get it
by DCSAR on 2020/02/25 20:29
After using this app you can see why they said to. You will enjoy it.
It just gets better
by mmaggio100 on 2020/02/25 18:43
I invested in this application a while back by getting the yearly premium subscription, it’s totally worth it! I use this app for off roading purposes and now there is CarPlay support I can go off roading and see the trail I’m DIRECTLY on inside my cars own head unit! This is a must have app. I hope to see continues car play integration!
The map app you need for rural living
by mjjensen on 2020/02/19 02:38
GAIA GPS is the map you need for off road navigation (hiking or driving) when you live in rural western Colorado and you are surrounded by public lands and use MVUM to explore. Now with dark mode and CarPlay, my Jeep TJ can negotiate anywhere!
This is the only outdoor/GPS app, period.
by Nics Tunes on 2020/02/18 18:55
It’s the only app that allows you to create a route that has smart linking (or whatever it’s called) , which allows you to choose whether you’re hiking or driving off road and only put dots along the route and the app lays the route over existing hike trails or 4x4 roads .... what!? That’s it, that’s the deal breaker, I don’t use any other app just because of that. But then add the insane bank of maps available to use and use together with blending options and such, there alone also puts this app above all others. Combine these two features and they’re light years ahead of any other. But wait, now they added CarPlay support !!?? Foggetaboutit!!
My go to for anything outdoors.
by a ninja muffin on 2020/02/18 16:51
Walking, hiking, off-roading, and recording all of that. Gaia has been one of the most important items I make sure to have with me. I pay for the membership to be able to download maps. Going out of cell service about twice a month to camp, hike, off-road, the app gives me the confidence to go farther, knowing that I can find my way back. I use it on my iPhone, iPad, and occasionally on my Apple Watch. The Apple Watch app is okay but clunky. The map page is, for all intents and purposes, useless. Its load time will take longer than you’d ever want to keep holding your arm up. I would for it to work faster, however, I’m not sure what I could do to improve it.
Best GPS and map source available and has been for many years..
by ChaseW12 on 2019/10/12 14:04
I got this app about 10 years ago and I have loved it the upgrades have continued to improve it very well. I would not go with any other app out there I have tried other ones like x hunt and I did not like it. It is years behind this app. You get the personal property lines and public with this app, lots of layers that you can overlay and download. My entire family and extended family got this app too and they love it as well. Don’t waste your time or money with one of the other apps. This one is the way to go. Best app available. And I use this all the time not just once a year while hunting. I use it for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, horse pack trips around the farm... the tracking ability is very accurate and doesn’t drain my battery. I turn off my cellular data and all that and use it to track and it goes all day with out killing my battery and I have a 3 year old I phone. This is the only app that I would recommend especially because I have tried about 20 other ones over the years and this is the one I stick with. The subscription is worth every penny as well. Don’t worry you get your money’s worth with this app. They have an amazing app.
Great App with a couple minor issues
by The Strawman on 2018/11/26 21:39
Let me start by saying I use a Premium Subscription and absolutely love this app and use it nearly daily for both work and recreation. I does so much that it has become a must for use with my fieldwork. My only complaints are the randomized coloring when importing tracks and the was area shapes are created. Using this app professionally, I often need all of my shapes to be specific colors or all one color. Often I can just quickly adjust them in the app, but when I have projects with hundreds of shapes this is no longer a viable option and is very frustrating. Simply allowing bulk adjustment would solve this problem for me. The second issue regarding creating areas is that often when I try to move the dots that adjust the area, it grabs the screen and tries to move it instead... sensitivity issue maybe? In any case, these issues are not deal breakers... I love this app and will continue to use it, but hope that these two simple things will be addressed in the future. I know I’m not the only one that would like to see this! Thanks for a great app!!!
It’s pretty good, but has its quirks
by frogpose on 2020/03/13 03:13
I’ve used this app for navigation and data collection on a few projects as a field biologist. It’s got a lot of good points, but also could use some improvements. The good: overall it’s intuitive to use , especially the data collection. I love how easy it is to organize data in folders (except that you can’t remove a subfolder once you’ve put it in one). The graphics choices are very good. Importing and exporting files is also easy. It does kill my battery, but I expected that. My biggest complaint is that using a ruler to measure distance is annoying. You have to to into a menu and create a route. But this only allows you to measure between you and another point. In my opinion, one of the most important features of a navigation device is measuring distance! I would love to have the ruler as a tab by itself and that could be used to measure arbitrary points. Also, some of the base maps are old. Really old. One map I was using was at least 7 years old. And this is for the subscription version. Some of my coworkers wished that they’d stayed with the free version and felt that the paid upgrade wasn’t worth it. Once my subscription run out, I may try it with the free version to see if I like it.
I’d call it 4.5
by lyndseysaid on 2020/07/14 12:45
I really enjoy using this app I like to be able to go alone and I have been able to go farther past my skill level just by being confident I could always get back. Looking at doing the enchantments this year solo and I am so excited to not have to depend so much on others. I’ve also been able to find “the end” of my prior hikes and connect the dots in a way that would have required way too many maps and Gaia can always let me see how to put it all together. I have hiked regions for years with a desire to mentally map in a way that this gives me freedom to get back on trail. I wish when the battery died there was a way to continue the trip from where the device powered down. I love the create route but wish it would default in hiking mode without WiFi but over all my complaints are minor details for how much I’ve enjoyed being able to ID mountains correctly in the view and connect the dots instead of rely on speculation. Very much an upgrade to my ability to go farther and feel smart abt it.
Great tool for mapping motorcycle trips that use lots of off-road.
by eritchie007 on 2018/05/26 23:50
I’ve been using GAIA to map my rides for a couple of years now. I use it to note where I’ve been, and to mark places I’d like to go, rather than mapping out routes beforehand. I like the detail available in the layers of maps available, (just purchased membership so as to be able to download and utilize Canada backroads layer) the ability to run the app while phone is in airplane mode, and the relatively low power use in that mode. I’ve ridden across the country west to east and back again, and from south to north, and largely off-road. And have records of each day’s ride. I use it to map mountain bike rides and bicycle commutes, and keep multiple parent-folders current with each ride. I also like being able to share a link to my rides with family and friends. I know there are features I don’t use, but feel confident that their use would be pretty intuitive given the ease of use I experience with the features I do use.
Great to plan routes for off-road riding
by Julien velo on 2017/11/07 20:29
Downloaded the app and tested it for off-road motorcycle. The automatic tracing of a route over existing marked trails is an awesome feature that makes planning the route considerably easier than with Google Earth or Garmin Basecamp. I downloaded satellite image and usgs topo maps of the area I was riding in so I didn&#39;t need to rely on having network or not during the ride. Battery usage was reasonable and it can certainly last for 12 hours or more with every app turned off and airplane mode. The website is fairly good too. Only small complain is that the web app folder system is a little convoluted - it&#39;s not obvious at first where things go at first. The mobile app occasionally crashes while managing files, yet nothing was lost. Compare to a Garmin gps unit the only limitation is the device&#39;s gps accuracy and recording rate but it&#39;s no issue for off-road riding/driving, likely not an issue for hiking neither.
Lol best gps I used - better than dedicated gps devices
by Down river girl on 2019/01/18 21:19
Been using this app for several years. I pay for the annual subscription and it’s worth every penny. I use this app for trail running and backpacking mainly. I have and iPhone and when out in spotty cell service areas I turn my phone on airplane mode and this app works great as long as you have the maps downloaded earlier. Having the gps app on the phone gives you the modern touch screen and convince that the other dedicated devices (garmin) are still struggling to replicate. The phone is something I already have and the battery in my iPhone last a long time. I also like being able to use the app on my computer and plot/estimate plan hikes and runs. It will give you distance and elevation which are things I like to know before going out on long runs in areas I never been. I can’t say enough great things about this app, it’s great!
Ok, but missing important and very basic tools
by csmith123 on 2019/10/13 18:34
I’ve been using Gaia for a while now. Some for hiking, some for overlanding and dual sport, and some for Backcountry Enduro biking. For the most part the app is ok. It’s simple to save maps and record tracks and easy to download GPX files from 3rd parties. But it’s missing some of the most critical and simple functions. At first I simply couldn’t believe what it was missing, but after watching Gaia tutorials and spending time on blogs, I’ve learned it truly doesn’t have them. For example, when route planning you can’t see the distance between waypoints! Unbelievable. On our motorbikes we have limited fuel, so I need to be able to plan for that. I literally have to use a physical grade-school ruler on my screen to estimate distance between waypoints to plan for fuel stops. It’s also very difficult to adjust a route later. Anyway, the app could be great but falls miserably short for route planning. Currently planning an Idaho BDR trip and Gaia simply won’t work. Currently looking for a better solution.
The best
by machachochamocolatta on 2019/08/11 15:27
One of the best mobile apps hands down. The app has easily saved me from getting lost several times. It might have even saved my life. The interface may not be the most intuitive but once I got used to it, I was fine. The app has ALWAYS worked without cellular service. I’ve used it in this manner over a dozen times for a total of about 30 days in two countries. The key is to download an area map to your device before you leave cellular coverage and load it when you are ready. It’s also helpful to establish known waypoints before but no biggie if you don’t. Two negative observations some of Colorado’s 14ers are listed at the wrong altitude and if you cache equipment and use this app to waypoint the arrow that shows your location to the waypoint will continuously move location even though you are standing still. It still, in my opinion, a 5 star app!
Saved my life!
by wrightmg on 2020/07/02 02:47
I currently run the free version off this app but plan to pay for it after it saved mine and two others lives! Other than keeping us on our trail and knowledge of elevation and topo lines it contained our exact coordinates when things got hairy! An unexpected snow storm rolled in on us and lasted a little over 48 hours and full on blocked us in on a trail that was hiking access only. We managed to get cell service at the top of a cliff and send out our gps coordinates from the app and as soon as the storm cleared we were evacuated safe and sound with minor symptoms of hypothermia. Had I not had this app we would have been in a far worse situation just waiting for them to find us as pinging our phones lead them to believe we were two mountain passes over. I never thought a silly map app would be something I relied on so heavily!
Best by far...still
by americasbeaches on 2020/03/06 09:39
This has been my backcountry navigation app for years in the Rockies. More and more friends of mine are using it now and although we all try other ones, this is still the gold standard for me. The ability to turn it on and see where I am on both the USGS 7.5 min map and a satellite image, with blending of the two images, is awesome! That is a Premium tool... well worth it. I use it for both on trail and off trail navigation and planning to find and get to high country meadow fishing spots. This is also an excellent hunting tool: I plan my deer hunts with it. It is great for figuring out new hunting camp lands... especially because the imagery shows new timber cut areas so well on the topo overlays. (Also, they finally got the detailed NOAA chart of upper Mobile Bay, where I boat, on the premium so now I’m using it more in my boat. Thanks)
Sounds Like Updates are in the Works
by Alolio on 2020/08/04 18:08
I appreciate having received a developer response that some of the shortcomings outlined below are being addressed. I’d still go with Gaia over the others, and I’d still say there are some needed QOL additions. Some things I believe need work: Poor organization of trips - why have folders and then display every prospective route in the “folders” view? Why no bulk add of multiple routes and waypoints to one folder? There’s no way to see your waypoints on an elevation, such that your waypoints for overnight camps appear in the elevation view. This matters because you can’t get accurate mileage from one camp to the next when planning routes. The only way I can find to do that is to make separate routes for each day, which is fine, until you go to look at the “folder view” and find it filled with 30 or 40 separate routes from various prospective trips. There doesn’t appear to be an “out and back” option to create a full “out and back mileage” and elevation profile - the best you can do is create another point somewhere near the origin. But you can’t put the final point directly on the origin, because doing so grabs and moves the origin point. Multiplying is easy enough, but other apps have this feature, and it’s a nice add. I have used other apps, and each has its own shortcomings. All this said, Gaia is easier to use than others, and it gets the job done.
I put this app through the ringer
by MountainRider13 on 2020/01/31 16:12
GaiaGPS is by far the best GPS app for iOS to date. I have tried countless other GPS apps including those from the “big” companies, and Gaia blows them all away. The map overlaying ability with opacity settings makes creating my bikepacking and bikerafting planning so much easier than before. I was able to identify NFS roads using Gaia that were hard to find on paper maps. Plus Gaia frequently updates the quality and quantity of maps so I always have the most up to date maps on my wrist or in my hand. Honestly, the watch app has room for improvement. It could be faster and have increased functionality (not as much as the phone, but more than just tracking and map viewing). It’s still not that bad though. Worth every penny for the annual subscription.
Garmin killer?
by Scs'er on 2019/08/29 19:56
I initially got this app (basic membership) as a backup to my garmin unit while riding the backcountry on my dual my sport dirt bike. I have both gps and phone mounted on the handlebars of my motorcycle and have the Gaia app running to explore trails and track my rides. So far I’m really happy with the way the app works and how accurate the gps is using the offline maps. After using the Gaia gps for a couple weeks it might become my primary gps and the garmin will go in my pack as the backup. Another feature that I like is the ability to create waypoints and routes from the Gaia website and have the routes auto sync to the phone app. This it much easier and faster than the garmin/basecamp setup and makes pre-route planning a breeze. You can also import gpx files from waypoints into the web portal pretty easily.
This app is the best mapping program on the iPhone iPad and even the computer.
by Climbergirl2002 on 2019/11/22 05:46
This app is an awesome mapping program for the iPhone iPad and even the computer. The Apple Watch provides stats and can mark a waypoint, but so far it has not loaded a map on my watch. We even used Gaia GPS to hike in southern France, Including the Pyrenees mountains along the France Spain border and in Canada’s national Parc Pucaskaw on the north shore of Lake Superior We use the app for all of our volunteer work for the Forest Service, BLM, Fish and Wildlife Service, NPS, and Idaho Fish and Game. We subscribe directly through the Gaia GPS website. With a battery juice pack to extend the battery on my phone, there’s plenty of juice for a 200 point count, plus navigating back to the truck and back to pavement, and inputting the data, so I can email it when we have cell service.
The best map application I’ve found
by ddrazen on 2018/09/21 12:25
This is my first “detailed” online review ever, for any product. The closest I’ve come is giving something a few stars, but never in detail. I’ve always been the end user of reviews, but this app is well worth the time to share. I’m a bit of a map fanboy. I’ve always loved them and currently have 7 map apps installed on my phone. I often wonder why, when I always end up using Gaia GPS. The interface takes a little bit of time to get used to, but the power of the tool is well worth it. I’m continuously finding new features of the app and I love all the different options. I haven’t found any other application that can do something Gaia can’t. I can’t recommend it enough, you will not be disappointed!
Unreliable
by PNW_hiker on 2019/10/23 15:31
I’ve been using this app for 2 years and have never had an issue. In the past month, this app has failed me twice. The first time I was on a 20 mile train run in Olympic National Park and my map was showing up completely blank aside from the location arrow. Never happened before. I had downloaded the map area prior to this so I could see it offline, the app just wasn’t working. This was poor timing as I lost the trail due to snow conditions. Fortunately, I crossed paths with some backpackers and found my way. This happened again yesterday in the Central Cascades and I had to turn back one mile into my journey. Today, a notification popped up when I opened the app saying that the app was not responsible for any failures and “services are provided at your sole risk”. I really have no idea what the point of having GPS is if you can’t rely on it. Obviously, it is smart to have a back up plan for any kind of technology failure. However, I simply can’t use this app anymore, I have no idea if it will work or not.
Confusing payment levels
by NickLanding on 2019/03/03 15:39
Gaia is a great map app. I’m paying for a basic membership and see a minor improvement over the free version. But it is an improvement so I’m not complaining. It’s easy to understand there are 3 levels of membership but I found it difficult to understand exactly what features are unlocked with each membership. For example, overlays, the feature I most desired, is no available in the basic membership. If it’s affordable for you, I would advise you to purchase the “premium membership” to remove any limitations. I wish I could clearly display the features for each membership in this review. If the premium membership’s cost is a barrier for you. You should chat with Gaia support before you buy to know which membership is right for you before you spend money.
One of the best mapping software out there
by Nytro13 on 2020/07/18 17:30
I use this for personal and volunteer search and rescue. There are a couple other alternative options out but I am most familiar with this. I have a paid version but can’t remember what level. Super easy to use. Modifiable home screen for quick access to data (distance, speed, elevation, coordinates, start/stop) depending on which is needed most at any given time. Ability to download and store maps, even over cell and from the app. Can run most functions from the app but can also access through desktop. Store and share .gpx files easily. Can now set up and delineate areas (SAR function). Add photos to routes. Set privacy settings. Most functions very intuitive and easy to use.
The ONLY Choice
by Gpsjake on 2020/04/25 14:51
Gaia is one of those unicorn apps that renders all competing products utterly useless. Now, with the proliferation of waterproof phones, even a handheld, standalone GPS unit from the traditional manufacturers are silly in comparison. Gaia is fast, easy to navigate and continuously improves in their product. They have tracking capability but also trail auto-routing in some cases. I use this app almost every day and I’m amazed at the small features and capabilities I confuse finding. Their mapping overlays are incredible both in detail and selection. Using the overlays one can find any number of unique areas or special, hidden locations. With a product like Gaia I wonder why any other GPS/mapping solution even exists.. Keep up the good work guys!
This is the only outdoor/GPS app, period.
by Nics Tunes on 2020/02/18 18:55
It’s the only app that allows you to create a route that has smart linking (or whatever it’s called) , which allows you to choose whether you’re hiking or driving off road and only put dots along the route and the app lays the route over existing hike trails or 4x4 roads .... what!? That’s it, that’s the deal breaker, I don’t use any other app just because of that. But then add the insane bank of maps available to use and use together with blending options and such, there alone also puts this app above all others. Combine these two features and they’re light years ahead of any other. But wait, now they added CarPlay support !!?? Foggetaboutit!!
Bkkls
by Klsdtffyg on 2018/05/24 03:01
I left my old review below but have talked to someone at gaia They listened and I felt confident my issues will be addressed.I sent 3 emails and waiting to see if I get a response. they are the best app out there for your phone they will get 5 stars after I receive answers to my emails Old review below Even though i can use it for 2 years free unless their going to go back and take that away to . I am disappointed in the new app and in management of the buiness . There are so many maps that are worthless have no purpose . I have called them with suggestions of maps to add and to point out a mistake on one map and all i got was someone very defensive no help at all . I will not pay a monthly or yearly fee i will drop the app and use my dependable garmin rhino
Off-roading use
by ScottJ1000 on 2020/02/16 01:16
I have used this app for 4 years now for off roading and overall it is a great app. I’m only giving it 4 stars right now because i would like to see a setting that lets you see the map in track up position full time. In all fairness the app does let you do this somewhat but as soon as you touch the screen to move the map or zoom in or out, it turns the feature off. There should be a way to set the app in this mode and leave it there until you want to turn it off. I know this has been requested multiple times but the developers ignore the request. I would think this would be simple to do and if they want to capture the off road market it would be a key feature people would want.
Rough start but great outcome
by DavFeath on 2019/05/14 15:46
I started using the app like so many others on the free version and loved everything about it. I finally decided to get the premium version and of course a day maybe two before I had a trip planned as leader of a group of jeeps travel across the eastern section of Oklahoma there was an update and it caused some hectic and I couldn’t use the MVUM maps which wouldn’t have been good. Anyways I got in touch with the tech support guys and through Facebook messenger and was able to get the help I needed before I left out for my trip. Absolutely some of the best service I’ve had in a while. I will continue to use this app for as long as they keep up the good work. Thanks guys
I used to be old school but now.......
by dogfuzion on 2020/07/09 00:33
This app is awesome. I have pretty much stopped using my pricey Garmin gps unit and only use this. It’s so easy to see the maps on my iPhone. You always know exactly where you are. Ridiculously easy to put tracks onto the app or export them. I got the $40 upgrade so can use National Geo maps, slope angle shading (for backcountry skiing), private property lines, just tons of useful map overlays. The only possible downside is if your phone runs out of juice. I use the app on airplane mode which conserves energy. If you were on a multi day trip you’d need an external battery phone charger. I even used this on a hut trip in British Columbia and it worked beyond expectations.
#1 map for me
by LovesDaCheese on 2019/10/09 13:43
My husband and I enjoy camping in BLM lands off grid. This app allows us to mark the spots that we like/dislike so we can always have a backup option if our spot is taken. We also use it to mark roads that are no longer passable and other little details (shooting pit/star gazing spots, etc) we’ve been using it for a couple years now and it just keeps getting better! My only suggestion is to allow a feature that dims waypoints so I can focus on one at a time. Because I mark so many things as reminders, my map gets full when I’m trying to navigate somewhere. If I could turn down the spots I am not going to that would help a great deal.
Overall quite good, could use a couple improvements
by Axomus on 2020/02/09 21:37
Gaia GPS has come a long way since I tried using it awhile back. It be my go-to GPS tracker now. The new dark map is really pleasant to use. The app is great for planning trips. Routes can be made easily right from the app. I’m REALLY hoping they don’t add social media functionally to this app. There are enough GPS trackers with that, and it really degrades the experience and adds bloat. That has already started happening a little bit with the community features they’ve added. Hopefully they don’t take this further. People just want a good, solid tracker! Apple Health would be a nice integration. The ability to have exercises recorded and see heart rate in the app would be great for hikes and mountain biking.
Fantastic supplemental navigation
by Daniel G H on 2018/12/21 20:04
I’ve used this app for several trips now though so far only for vehicle navigation and track recording and I think it’s a great supplemental app for navigation. The variety of map overlays is impressive and I’ve found several I feel are quite useful. It’s so much easier with Gaia to build a route and plan a trip than it is with Google but when it comes to straight up getting directions to or detailed information about an area google is supreme. This is why I say it’s a great supplement. I use google to navigate me with turn by turn directions to the start of my Gaia route and then use Gaia to guide me and record my track.
Repeat to Gabe in NH, June 28 request
by Jo in Wisc on 2018/10/08 14:41
Gabe requested an alert when nearing a saved waypoint. We canoe and often need to scout upcoming rapids we’ve marked with waypoints. When we are actively paddling, stopping frequently to check progress on Gaia is difficult. Love the app but this would be a great feature to add and could significantly increase users safety. Thank you Gaia for a great app. Gaia is a great hiking app but please fix the search function. A few letters are typed in and the drop down list appears. You cannot type more letters to make that list more concise. You cannot get out of the list. You have to close Gaia and start over. For such a great app the search feature should function better. January 17 update: I appreciate the fast response from the developer providing info about the app search functions that I had previously found. But you must be in portrait mode for the search function to work correctly. Suggest either rework search function to also work in landscape mode or include that limitation in help info. Still the best hiking GPS app available
iPhone Gaia GPS vs Garmin eTrex
by Roman Voyd on 2018/11/09 19:20
I&#39;ve been collecting track data with Garmin GPS units since 2000. Until a few years ago I was reluctant to use my iPhone for this purpose, but then tried the Gaia GPS app. Although pricy, the app is great, and makes ab great alternative for track acquisition and storage. Tracks can be easily exported to Garmin mapping software. All base maps can be downloaded ahead of time when traveling in areas of low or no cell signal allowing the use of the Gaia app in these onditions. The maps on the phone are gorgeous and superior to those on my Garmin eTrex. I still use both, but not how much longer? The Gaia app is an excellent product, well worth the price.
This app Saves your bacon!
by JH Dietrich on 2018/03/07 18:56
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.
THE BEST recreational mapping app!!!
by wdbald on 2018/10/11 05:43
This is BY FAR the best app if you like hiking, walking or driving, no matter your signal strength. Fantastic array of maps, easy and reliable offline downloads of those maps, easy tracking of routes that map your altitude, speed, everything! Include a great folder system for saved maps/routes/points and top it off with social sharing and you’ve got a whirlwind of an app. Way better than AllTrails and the 20 other Hiking apps (all of which I have put to the test). P.S. they also include a super helpful Watch app showing data, route controls and even the map with your live location which you can scroll on!
Very nice application.
by Rokair on 2020/06/21 15:57
This application works well and the price isn’t bad if you use it often. I may have simply not found the settings yet but it would be nice to be able to set things like...the color of the mile markers. When hiking an existing track it would be nice if the track’s markets looked different than the actual markets for my current hike. It also seems that while some of the maps would not be available (for cost reasons) until the more expensive subscription that I should be able to use more of the features with the maps that are included in my subscription.
No need for a Garmin!
by Jordan Finke on 2018/01/24 16:59
This app is amazing for riding snowmobile and giving you statistics on how long you were riding, how long you were stopped, mapping your trails, and making waypoints so you can remember those sweet hill climb spots. Especially offline/no service!!! If you aren&#39;t happy with the sattilite imagery they have a hidden one under premium maps by ESRI which is amazing in rural Alaska! My only issue with the app as it stands right now is that on the iPhone X, you can&#39;t crop a track as the save button is under the iPhones top status bar, so then you have to force quit the app, which they have an update coming out soon for.
The #1 hiking gps.
by Mordeth619 on 2018/01/26 13:18
This app is an amazing hiking gps. Not only does it have dotted lines that follow pretty much every known hike that I have been on around San Diego, Yosemite, Zion, Joshua Tree, Kaua‘i, Seattle, Columbia River Gorge, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, etc. I have also used it for planning out and following my tracks on many hikes that have no trail, such as waterfalls that nobody knows about that I find on google earth then plot waypoints on Gaia. I have had the itch to buy a dedicated handheld gps multiple times, but every time after doing some research, I find that they don’t compare to Gaia. I have used this app as my main hiking GPS for 3 years, and it has never let me down.
Gaia UPS is Nothing Less than Terrific
by DonaldFRobertson on 2020/02/06 02:29
I use it as my all-purpose tool - the Leatherman of GPS apps - whether I am trying to figure out where to get off the bus at night (Open Street Map), how fast my train is going, or marking routes or points like where on Earth I parked my bicycle when wayfinding in the wilderness (with maps downloaded for off-line use). I find it just as useful as any of the specialized bicycling apps I&#39;ve tried (though an option to display speed with a larger font would be nice). Buying premium is well worth the $40 / year, as that gets you a vast library of maps for evey purpose.
Best Bang for the Buck
by JeepPhoenix on 2018/10/02 13:04
I’ve tried them all on my iPad and iPhone. GAIA GPS has the best maps, map updates/transfers/overlays, the fastest speed, the best features, design, usability, and is constantly improved - further distancing its lead on the competition. It’s never crashed, is super easy to use and I’ve overspent enough money on other gps apps to know GAIA is the best (and as a bonus kinda cheap too). My wife and I use it for jeeping. I wish we could also explore the single tracks with GAIA but our jeep is her wheelchair. GAIA is my insurance to helping her enjoy the outdoors. Thank you GAIA. I got a bargain. I would have paid 10x easily.
This app is horrible.
by DuaneCL on 2019/07/02 13:00
The app is complicated and difficult to use. But what is it used for? I made the mistake of thinking I can use it for hiking. It’s not just me. Others I’ve asked for help say the same thing. Finding hikes. Tracking your location, distance, etc., is very complicated and sometimes impossible. And forget about finding new hikes to go on. Yes, some are there but other well established long existing trails are impossible to find on this app. I’ve tried it in Washington state, Utah, Oregon and New Zealand. I give up. Who’s using this and what are they using it for? And reading the ratings or online help won’t answer. I hate being so negative but I was stupid to buy the five year membership. I can’t recommend it for use while hiking. And if that’s not what a gps is for, then I don’t know what one is for. Sorry but it’s been horrible.
Water ways not shown or disappears
by A Big Richard on 2019/07/26 10:06
Update: developer responded back promptly to my review. And said they looking into issues. Looking like they responsive to problems and listen too people. was considering buying an upgrade on this. But upon checking this app out while on a trip. Took notice that even while using app while sitting next to a stream it was not shown on map. Then again checking a very well know creek just disappeared off map after a certain point. When trying to contact though app about issues it would not allow message with screenshot attached to show them problem. So uninstalling and will not recommend to anyone. Enjoy your review you earned it.
Bloated and declining
by k9education on 2020/02/05 16:31
Gais has been my go-to hiking/backpacking app for many years. The best thing about it is that offers past maps that show old roads and trails that other maps don’t. This makes for some great trips off the beaten path. Unfortunately, despite the app becoming larger and larger, the current maps are becoming more and more out of date. Trails that have been active for the last 20 years are still absent from the map and Gaia seems to think I am hiking in the abyss. Trails that collapsed and/or washed away 2 years ago (and thus no longer exist) still show on the current map. For as large as the app has become and for all they are now charging, the least they could do is keep the current maps current. Lastly, Gaia has made it a point to disregard the hikers/backpackers that made Gaia what it is today. The app is now targeted to hunters and others that destroy the environment and everything in it and the needs of hikers/backpackers have become a distant second. All of that said, Gaia is still the best option out there at the moment. However, I don’t know how much longer I will continue to support the app.
The ultimate GPS 🗺 mapping app. Read this incredible example usage.
by Syclone Josh on 2020/08/05 02:34
👇🏼My favorite feature is the historical 1900 and 1930 maps, which premium users can overlay atop modern maps with adjustable translucency. 💡⚠️ In the Great Earthquake of 1904, San Francisco, the North American and Pacific Continental Plates abruptly shifted SO violently, THE ENTIRE CITY SUDDENLY MOVED 💥20 FEET💥 NORTHWEST*, in 60 SECONDS!! ↖️💥🌉🏙↖️🏢🌇🏬↖️🏙🏘💥↖️ 👀😲😱 (*according to the Point Reyes brochure from NPS, as Point Reyes island marks a visibly obvious split ↔️on the Pacific Plate perfectly along the San Andreas Fault↕️ across from the NA Plate.) Here’s the awesome part: I used Gaia GPS to overlay the 1930 map over the 1900 map of the San Francisco area AND SURE ENOUGH, all the lines and everything appears shifted a bit to the north!!! Incredible!!😲😲🗺👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 The possibilities of what you can do with this app are endless, especially on an iPad. It makes Google Maps look like a children’s toy. Like the emperor said: “Now witness the power of my fully operational battle station.”😁
Great alternative to expensive dedicated device
by M_J_S on 2018/08/05 19:55
It takes a little getting used to but Gaia has become indispensable to me. Making sure I download maps before I leave reception and taking an extra battery (though it’s very conservative on its use I find) I can hike in confidence. Even on supposedly well-marked trails I use it to avoid the ‘did we just miss a turn or what’ problem. Good for tracking progress in terms of distance and altitude gained. Used extensively in back country for peace of mind to get back to original starting point. For a few dollars it’s worth every penny.
AWESOME!
by W0rmmm on 2018/02/27 14:19
This app has been a staple to our off roading trips. I founded Oc Overland a little less than a year ago and our team has used it ever since. For the price it has been amazing, some people can’t afford to use a dedicated gps system and this is an awesome alternatives. You are able to download maps, track/create routes, waypoints and use specific icons to label everything correctly. There are a few different layers to help plan your trip and see different roads. Everything is precise and you can pinpoint exact locations you need. I highly recommend.
Good app but could use a couple things
by Kgrabowski0206 on 2019/04/18 06:49
I’ve been using Gaia for 2 years now and really like the idea of having something with is while hiking that works even offline. Lately thought I’m having issues with the routes I create on the computer(way easier)downloading to the app. My other big issue is when creating hiking routes, you’ve got to put a ton of waypoints bc otherwise the program will make its own routes. You also can’t get an accurate reading if doing an out and back or lollipop route. A nice feature would be a way to press “back to starting point” or something like that
Great App, needs print.
by TheCombatDoc on 2018/07/04 13:11
Been using various Topo map apps for years. This is the first one that lets me plot tracks and such directly to the maps. It’s also great that it has so many overlay options including Nat Geo. Well thought out and easy enough to use once you figure out all the icons. Only thing I’d like to see added would be an option to print out your tracks/map sections. That way I could have a backup in case my iPad, phone, etc decided to take a dump. I mean after all, this app is designed for outdoors enthusiasts and sometimes electronics suffer from the less than ideal conditions we subject our gear to.
Gaia GPS is so good I bought an iPad solely for it!
by ASDFKGS on 2018/11/16 15:12
I’ve tried a lot of GPS apps for off-road navigation and none of them impressed me. I really wanted one for detailed topo, public lands, and MVUM maps (where no cell service is available of course). I bought an iPad 9.7 for the sole purpose of using Gaia GPS Premium. I’ve downloaded all of the lower 48 states at max zoom with those three layers and it’s so nice to see all of the details of any area with airplane mode enabled. The app is well laid out, has all the options you’d want, and is a real pleasure to use on iOS. I absolutely love it.
Now the best application for hunting
by Richard295 on 2018/11/01 15:03
For many years I used Gaia for backpacking but also had to purchase onX for hunting. Recently, with all of the hunting related overlays offered, I moved all of my old onX waypoints to Gaia. Gaia offers access to higher quality maps, more comprehensive information organization, faster response, and all of the required public/private overlays. In addition it is still without equal for backpacking. A Gaia Premium membership is required for hunting but it provides national information versus a single state’s information for a price comparable to an onX license.
Tremendous App!
by j7s on 2019/01/16 22:52
Have been using gaia gps for about a week or so and really enjoy the program. There’s a learning curve . . . but it’s well worth the time spent. I’m actually planning day trips for both motorcycling &amp; hiking for this spring &amp; summer. Having the maps on my phone &amp; available to use do what you want or need is huge! The ease of plotting waypoints &amp; linking them with photos and notes is very helpful too. This app does a lot of things that google maps &amp; Waze can not. Definitely looking forward to using this more after winter rolls by.
No tutorial
by Mad35554 on 2019/09/01 07:30
I just purchased the app. There&#39;s absolutely no basic instructions and this app is super technical. They just assume you already must be a map geek to buy the app I guess. I just wasted an hour and can&#39;t find one tutorial on how to actually use the app. They have tutorials for more technical use but absolutely zero basic instructions on how to get started. I&#39;ve watched at least 10 tutorial videos and the girl who narrates talks so fast with a granola girl accent I can&#39;t follow at all. Each of the tutorials assume you already have maps downloaded and can use the program already. They also assume you have an understanding of their lingo. Totally useless so far. They need to hire a few google maps employees to figure how to make this user friendly and intuitive.
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Navigate, track, and explore with gaia gps. Millions of people worldwide have used gaia gps to hike, hunt, camp, ski, and explore the backroads. gaia gps has been featured in countless publications, including Outside, Backpacker, Trail Runner, the New York Times, and numerous App Store features. ►► Backpacking gaia gps started as a backpacking app. Download topo and satellite maps for offline use. Use intelligent routing tools to plan trips, and measure distance, altitude, and elevation change. View your route using comprehensive backpacking maps, including up-to-date weather forecasts. ►► Day Hiking Both a hiking navigation app and a platform for finding hikes, gaia gps helps you discover your next adventure. Use the Discover tab to find hikes and nearby trails, and download maps and hike info to your phone for offline use. ►► Camping and Overlanding gaia gps helps you find a campsite on the road, or deep in the backcountry. As a camping app, gaia gps delivers public land data to help you stay legal, maps with campsites, parks, and forests, as well as weather overlays. Mark waypoints to create custom camping maps, plus reference road maps and Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) to plot overland, 4x4, and off-roading routes. Use gaia gps in your car's dash via Apple CarPlay. ►► Backcountry Skiing and Mountaineering Apply slope-angle shading and 24-, 48-,and 72-hour Snowfall and Precipitation Forecast overlays to create custom backcountry skiing maps, plan tours, and avoid avalanche terrain. As a backcountry skiing app, gaia gps helps you find powder and stay safe on the slopes. ►► Hunting Driven by hunters on the team, gaia gps has become a top hunting app. Build custom hunting maps that include public land designations, private land ownership, and state-by-state hunting units. ►► Mountain Biking Go farther, faster by mounting gaia gps to your handlebars for hands-free navigation. Access mountain biking trail maps on both public and private land. gaia gps is a great mtb app for deep exploration. ►► Professional Use: Firefighters, Search and Rescue teams, Land Manager, GIS Techs, and Guides gaia gps is the preferred nav app for outdoor professionals. Quickly route to GPS coordinates, plot fire perimeters, view recent wildfires, and share maps, tracks, and waypoints with your team. Guides can mark routes, campsites, and water sources, and share hard-to-find approaches and descents with clients and fellow guides. ►► Membership Levels Free Level - You'll be limited to the default map source, and you won't be able to download maps for offline use. 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 (including Appalachian Trail, Colorado Trail, and John Muir Trail maps) • ESRI World Satellite Imagery • NOAA weather forecasts • Current and Historical Wildfires • US Private Land Ownership (including owner names and addresses for parcels) • US Hunting Layers (including GMUs, public land, and recent fires) • US Public Land (BLM, Forests, more) • US Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) • Hill-shading, contour-line, slope-angle, and other overlays • Backroads Mapbooks Canada • France IGN • Swiss Topo ► To manage your subscription: • TURN OFF auto-renewal via the main Settings app: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4098 • Subscriptions automatically renew 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 of the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal. • Your iTunes Account will be charged at confirmation of purchase. • Visit the following URL to view our Privacy Policy: http://www.gaiagps.com/gaiacloud-terms/ • Visit the following URL for full terms of use: http://www.gaiagps.com/terms_of_use
Essential
by NotwatchinLondonGames on 2020/08/07 18:08
I use Gaia for all of my exploration. Whether by bike through desert or mountaineering. It’s changed the game for me.
Great
by 2slim2 on 2020/08/06 17:30
Good app I have premium service I use it for off-roading and atving works great wish they would update the trails and add color to the map
Where’s Sign In with Apple?
by Dookie 2x on 2020/08/06 14:20
I thought all apps were required to offer it if they allowed sign in with any other service. This one supports Facebook. Why not offer one that respects user privacy. I’m also trying the app out and I was hoping to browse there trails or other member recorded routes they may have shared shared to explore.
Useless as an actual gps.
by publichunt on 2020/08/06 02:37
I downloaded, open the map and it had my location 1.5 miles from were I actually was. I would never trust something that inaccurate. Wasted $39.99.
No Elevation Profile
by kjbotka on 2020/08/05 15:43
No elevation profile makes this useless compared to AllTrails. Very disappointed.
Maps are constantly redownloading
by Biffy215 on 2020/08/05 04:04
Not reliable. I plan a trip with a downloaded map and as soon as I need it it needs to download again. Very disappointed in the $20 charge.
The ultimate GPS 🗺 mapping app. Read this incredible example usage.
by Syclone Josh on 2020/08/05 02:34
👇🏼My favorite feature is the historical 1900 and 1930 maps, which premium users can overlay atop modern maps with adjustable translucency. 💡⚠️ In the Great Earthquake of 1904, San Francisco, the North American and Pacific Continental Plates abruptly shifted SO violently, THE ENTIRE CITY SUDDENLY MOVED 💥20 FEET💥 NORTHWEST*, in 60 SECONDS!! ↖️💥🌉🏙↖️🏢🌇🏬↖️🏙🏘💥↖️ 👀😲😱 (*according to the Point Reyes brochure from NPS, as Point Reyes island marks a visibly obvious split ↔️on the Pacific Plate perfectly along the San Andreas Fault↕️ across from the NA Plate.) Here’s the awesome part: I used Gaia GPS to overlay the 1930 map over the 1900 map of the San Francisco area AND SURE ENOUGH, all the lines and everything appears shifted a bit to the north!!! Incredible!!😲😲🗺👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 The possibilities of what you can do with this app are endless, especially on an iPad. It makes Google Maps look like a children’s toy. Like the emperor said: “Now witness the power of my fully operational battle station.”😁
Sounds Like Updates are in the Works
by Alolio on 2020/08/04 18:08
I appreciate having received a developer response that some of the shortcomings outlined below are being addressed. I’d still go with Gaia over the others, and I’d still say there are some needed QOL additions. Some things I believe need work: Poor organization of trips - why have folders and then display every prospective route in the “folders” view? Why no bulk add of multiple routes and waypoints to one folder? There’s no way to see your waypoints on an elevation, such that your waypoints for overnight camps appear in the elevation view. This matters because you can’t get accurate mileage from one camp to the next when planning routes. The only way I can find to do that is to make separate routes for each day, which is fine, until you go to look at the “folder view” and find it filled with 30 or 40 separate routes from various prospective trips. There doesn’t appear to be an “out and back” option to create a full “out and back mileage” and elevation profile - the best you can do is create another point somewhere near the origin. But you can’t put the final point directly on the origin, because doing so grabs and moves the origin point. Multiplying is easy enough, but other apps have this feature, and it’s a nice add. I have used other apps, and each has its own shortcomings. All this said, Gaia is easier to use than others, and it gets the job done.
Was great until started charging.
by Aettin4157 on 2020/08/03 05:25
Good luck finding downloaded maps when you need them the most. It has been worthless for every off grid hike the last couple of years despite carefully downloading the appropriate maps. This was an fantastic app 6-7 years ago but junk now. You’re better off with a Garmin linked to iPhone by Bluetooth. Or buying USGA Topo maps and using a compass. Deleting from my phone has been a happy end to unnecessary frustration.
Desktop or Laptop a Must!
by Motopath on 2020/08/02 01:33
You need to use this app on something with a screen larger than an iPad to really appreciate it. I had originally gave this app 1/5 stars due to the lack of info on the map. But when you zoom out on a larger screen and delve into the options, WOW!, this app is amazing, and worth the basic subscription for general use or the Premium subscription for advanced users.
I can’t be the only one with problems
by This guy48 on 2020/08/01 20:05
This is a great app when it’s working properly. It seems that when I need it the most it won’t find my location on the map. I’ll hit the locate button and it’ll put me about 20 miles away of where I’m actually at. I thought it was my phone but this is the third phone with the exact same issue. I want to keep this gps but not if it’s not finding me when I need it to.
Only 10 hikes in Yosemite??
by Myra Lynn Lawrence on 2020/07/30 17:39
I had to delete this app and request a refund. I was excited to use this for my backcountry hikes after struggling a bit with AllTrails, but when I searched near Yosemite only 10 hikes came up so something is very wrong.
Best Offline Adventure Maps!
by kml^3 on 2020/07/28 20:13
So many layers - this is a really powerful tool to help me navigate the backcountry. Keep up the great work Gaia!!!
Good but not great
by Rottlady on 2020/07/28 00:17
I have the free version, I’ve found it to be quite a battery pig even when not using it to record my path
Long time user
by Flipeed68 on 2020/07/27 22:27
Been a great tool to navigate while on my diet bike or 4 wheeler. I would recommend it.
Scam
by drewtercek on 2020/07/27 12:12
Have tried cancelling this for the last 3 years and it STILL charges my account. Zero help in the past. No sign of it in my Apple account to unsubscribe since I unsubscribed to it in my account in the past. Make sure if you purchase this you know you’re buying it for life.
Cool app
by Anchor Alarm on 2020/07/26 06:43
Great for off roading
Love Gaia!
by 茉小粒 on 2020/07/25 17:54
Reliable! Can’t hike without it!
Gaia GPS
by Celeritus on 2020/07/24 18:17
So simple even I can understand and use it. So simple , so useful, so happy.
The best trail guide
by mickey escursionista on 2020/07/24 17:39
I like this app, it works very well, in finding trails and following them on the field. Easy, practical, well made.
Wonderful app for most to the world
by Yoshi TX on 2020/07/23 22:51
Usted in Patagonia, Maine, Japan and all sorts of trails all of the United States. Dang good little application.
Gaia app
by Winht on 2020/07/22 23:03
I have finally found the time to explore your app after several months of joining. I discovered it&#39;s much easier to understand now than I had previously thought and that thanks to your tutorial video. I tried to download a map and it worked as it should. The cost I paid, is it a one time pay or annual cost? Thanks
Awesome
by kelenaw on 2020/07/21 23:23
The world is more understandable with gaia
Amazing
by E-Dolla$ign on 2020/07/19 13:59
If you’re reading this do yourself a favor and buy it! After using Gaia for years hiking in the backcountry I would never consider using another app.
Off road necessity
by TheBarbee on 2020/07/19 01:06
We have a Jeep and like to explore the National and state forests. This app is the single best tool after a 4WD vehicle. It has loads of map layers and the offline features are great. Highly recommend. 10/10 all day
One of the best mapping software out there
by Nytro13 on 2020/07/18 17:30
I use this for personal and volunteer search and rescue. There are a couple other alternative options out but I am most familiar with this. I have a paid version but can’t remember what level. Super easy to use. Modifiable home screen for quick access to data (distance, speed, elevation, coordinates, start/stop) depending on which is needed most at any given time. Ability to download and store maps, even over cell and from the app. Can run most functions from the app but can also access through desktop. Store and share .gpx files easily. Can now set up and delineate areas (SAR function). Add photos to routes. Set privacy settings. Most functions very intuitive and easy to use.
Sneaky automatic subscription
by lindizzly456 on 2020/07/17 06:59
Automatically signed me up for a $20/yr subscription that I didn’t find out about until deleting the app. Not cool.
Go to backcountry route finder
by bennyschoops on 2020/07/16 19:51
Love this app, been using it for years now and it has only gotten better. Don&#39;t expect it to have super fancy tools and a seamless interface, it&#39;s a utilitarian app made by a small group of people. There&#39;s been lots of hoopla around other navigation apps over the years and currently, but I doubt I will ever use anything other than Gaia. Uses: bikepacking, hiking, off trail scrambling, off roading.
Basic needs
by Saga121 on 2020/07/16 18:14
I started using the free version of the app in May. We used it everyday during a Search &amp; Rescue operation. I was impressed by it until I noticed it would crash occasionally. When this happened, you would lose all data, which started to become annoying. It got even worse when I filled out a survey about the app. As I finished the survey, I got kicked off the app and the app would never work on my iPhone until deleting and reinstalling. I reinstalled, losing all my saved data. If you’re serious about navigating get yourself a Garmin.
Excellent!!!!
by bfggtyhgfrgg on 2020/07/16 14:35
Have used this app for over 10 years and it has always been top notch! Would recommend to everyone.
Courage to explore
by e4nite on 2020/07/16 03:56
I found out about this App from the, “Out and Back podcast,” episode four. I use it on different devices, and I use it daily to see new trails around the areas I travel. It works great on my IPad 2018 which doesn’t have a GPS signal (WiFi only). Still, it works great on my Android phone too. The premium level is the best. I have multiple layers from tons of different maps. I use Gaia Topo, CA Wildlife Areas, NatGeo, Satellite Topo, Landscape, and River Charts maps all layered together; as a result, I don’t miss a thing. I even see off beat trails that aren’t well known. It’s a awesome app !
An essential app
by orangetwelve on 2020/07/14 18:26
Without a doubt, the best, most essential third-party app on my phone. I’ve always thought the iPhone was a miraculous product because it allowed the user a totally new way to interact with the world around them. Information in our pocket. This app fulfills that promise so completely, it’s delightful. I love having this much map information at my fingertips. Wildfires. Hydrography. Historic topos. Private land ownership. USGS surveys. Forest Service maps. The list goes on. With the premium subscription and layered maps, the app becomes infinitely more useful. And with CarPlay integration, it makes driving and learning about your environment so much more fun and engaging. For those curious about the world, this is the app you want.
I’d call it 4.5
by lyndseysaid on 2020/07/14 12:45
I really enjoy using this app I like to be able to go alone and I have been able to go farther past my skill level just by being confident I could always get back. Looking at doing the enchantments this year solo and I am so excited to not have to depend so much on others. I’ve also been able to find “the end” of my prior hikes and connect the dots in a way that would have required way too many maps and Gaia can always let me see how to put it all together. I have hiked regions for years with a desire to mentally map in a way that this gives me freedom to get back on trail. I wish when the battery died there was a way to continue the trip from where the device powered down. I love the create route but wish it would default in hiking mode without WiFi but over all my complaints are minor details for how much I’ve enjoyed being able to ID mountains correctly in the view and connect the dots instead of rely on speculation. Very much an upgrade to my ability to go farther and feel smart abt it.
Highly disappointed
by the real P Dubb on 2020/07/13 22:24
been looking to get a new off-road maps app. So I downloaded the free version to see if I like the format/layout before making the purchase. This app would never track me or show my current location correctly. It would periodically move as I moved but was showing me a Half a mile away on a different road. I checked a few other apps that I’m trying out and they were spot on with my location and with tracking me so I know it was not my phone/GPS! I tried to contact customer support but was not successful with finding phone numbers or emails!
Amazing App!
by alltheotgernicknanesweretaken on 2020/07/12 13:12
This app is a life saver, must have, so much fun, reliable, and useful in so many ways. Try it out. I enjoy it.
This app saved our lifes
by SamanthaWeasley on 2020/07/11 23:08
I have been backpacking for several years now and always use this app to map/plan my routes. It has been the most useful trail app so far and works amazing even without a membership and without cell service. This is the first and likely only app review I will ever write. But this app deserves it. How it saved us: Two friends and I just completed a 2 day 20mile loop backpacking trip and planned to take a 3 mile trail back to the trailhead, should have been simple. But no, the trail was not maintained and should be closed (we’re calling the ranger station to report this). We had to bush wack then eventually the trail completely disappeared when we were on a cliff that had been burned from a fire 3 years ago. We were forced to go down this ashy cliff and hold onto broken/burnt trees while we desperately tried to find the trail and not slip. This app is 100% the only reason why we made it back to the trailhead. Even with the trail gone, this app showed where the trail should be in relation to us and how close we were getting to the trailhead. It was a terrifying experience and we all feel lucky that I had this app to guide us out. Without it we likely would not have found the way out and have been stuck in the forest. Makes you realize how important it is to have something like this. This app is a MUST have for anyone who goes on trails. You never know when a trail may not actually be there and you need to find your way back. Sorry for the long review but we are all so thankful for this app. I cannot recommend it enough. Thank you for making this.
Amazing quality
by {<•Owen•>} on 2020/07/10 16:16
Seeme like a great GPS app can’t wait to take it backpacking next week!
Best app ever
by robertlmullen74 on 2020/07/10 12:27
I once was lost...
Fantastic
by Willpower719 on 2020/07/09 14:24
I mainly use the app for off atving etc. It&#39;s a fantastic way to track your route and have a suite of diagnostic tools and information at hand.
Best gps
by Jesse SCMB on 2020/07/09 00:40
Hands down best app I’ve got on my phone. Amazing. Can’t say enough good things about it. Only way to make it better would be if they made it so you could see your friends who have the app on your map as well.
I used to be old school but now.......
by dogfuzion on 2020/07/09 00:33
This app is awesome. I have pretty much stopped using my pricey Garmin gps unit and only use this. It’s so easy to see the maps on my iPhone. You always know exactly where you are. Ridiculously easy to put tracks onto the app or export them. I got the $40 upgrade so can use National Geo maps, slope angle shading (for backcountry skiing), private property lines, just tons of useful map overlays. The only possible downside is if your phone runs out of juice. I use the app on airplane mode which conserves energy. If you were on a multi day trip you’d need an external battery phone charger. I even used this on a hut trip in British Columbia and it worked beyond expectations.
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by ابو غلاء on 2020/07/07 14:28
I’m glad that I found this app which provide me wit many thing that I wantedBut I have a problem with the language the Arabic language when converting it to the Arabic language, there is an overlap in the folder&#39;s name and arrows, and the coordinates do not appear when a reference point is pressed and cannot be copied.
Pretty good
by CrashyAppy on 2020/07/03 06:19
Not great, but better than Earthmate and OnX!
One of the best.
by NDemitri on 2020/07/02 13:54
Been using this app since it’s first iteration and have used it for personal and professional guiding work. The ability to download maps, create route/import route plans, and track make this an extraordinary app that works well both online and offline when out of cell coverage.
Saved my life!
by wrightmg on 2020/07/02 02:47
I currently run the free version off this app but plan to pay for it after it saved mine and two others lives! Other than keeping us on our trail and knowledge of elevation and topo lines it contained our exact coordinates when things got hairy! An unexpected snow storm rolled in on us and lasted a little over 48 hours and full on blocked us in on a trail that was hiking access only. We managed to get cell service at the top of a cliff and send out our gps coordinates from the app and as soon as the storm cleared we were evacuated safe and sound with minor symptoms of hypothermia. Had I not had this app we would have been in a far worse situation just waiting for them to find us as pinging our phones lead them to believe we were two mountain passes over. I never thought a silly map app would be something I relied on so heavily!
Good but could be much better.
by Quiet Professional on 2020/06/28 12:36
I like the app but it’s missing some features they could make it killer. No location sharing. Should be able to see where others in your group are. Limited selection of map tools.
Best at it
by Travelboysteve on 2020/06/26 06:40
Used quite a few mapping software solutions. Gaia is super easy to use and the platform is top notch. Only thing I use in my Jeep Tracks and waypoints make for easy navigation and the satellite map details are the best out there. Enjoy
Great app!
by angelfaceiowa on 2020/06/26 02:04
This app came in handy when driving the trails in Colorado! It even worked with no signal! I love how it tells you elevation. I just wish it would show the difficulty of each trail. Maybe it does and I just don’t know how to read it.
Map download consistently doesn’t work
by Pyrofighting on 2020/06/23 14:34
I tried to ask direct but their website makes it impossible to email customer support. They want you to use the forums. I have been unable to locate anything about download failure. The app halfway downloads apps then fails and won’t restart. Seems to be a problem. It also continually asks me for my Facebook login over and over.
Very nice application.
by Rokair on 2020/06/21 15:57
This application works well and the price isn’t bad if you use it often. I may have simply not found the settings yet but it would be nice to be able to set things like...the color of the mile markers. When hiking an existing track it would be nice if the track’s markets looked different than the actual markets for my current hike. It also seems that while some of the maps would not be available (for cost reasons) until the more expensive subscription that I should be able to use more of the features with the maps that are included in my subscription.
Impressive
by Fiddle1950 on 2020/06/20 21:07
I’ve used this app for over a year. It’s great as a navigation aid off-road and on inland lakes.
Disappointed...
by IHAVEACLUEDOU? on 2020/06/19 23:57
I had generally heard good things about this app and, with the current crisis in place, thought I’d splurge and upgrade. So, I bought the upgraded membership and cannot download any maps although I’m paying for access to supposedly a plethora of maps. I message customer service and get an auto-generated reply saying that they’ll get back to me. Immediate payment for membership should lead to immediate access, folks. If you go to the store and grab some food, you have to pay to take them home. Same thing should apply here.
Happy!
by Rbell999999 on 2020/06/19 14:12
We’ve tried all the maps apps, and this is the best one. Much better than AllTrails for hiking. Plus it has precipitation maps you can add.
Best nav app for outdoor people
by Freemarkit on 2020/06/16 16:37
Best nav app for outdoor people
Gaia Rocks
by Slomoracing on 2020/06/16 02:33
Love this app, great for hiking and bikepacking.
GAIA has come a long way...
by johnegates on 2020/06/14 14:16
I almost gave up on GAIA two years ago, but the continued improvements and customer support have now surpassed the competition. The app launches fast, intuitive to use, and syncs well to their browser interface ( which is also easy to use).
Paid for premium took money never received it
by tim688 on 2020/06/13 13:55
I paid for premium membership they took the money and I received nothing. Can’t do anything with it and I don’t know how to contact them no info.
Useless, I would never pay for this.
by willnotletme postthis on 2020/06/12 21:44
I downloaded this because I have heard people raving about this app for off-roading. I had Lat / Long for a campsite I am going to and put this in search, it gave me NOTHING, so checked it on Google maps and bingo it was there. This app also froze up on me while trying to navigate it. After this review I will be removing it. I am glad I tried the free version before paying for the other and wasting money.
Gaia GPS Review
by Idahikerron on 2020/06/12 20:04
Gaia GPS is a highly functional, fully-featured app which has endeared itself to me over the years. The compass-heading arrow which orients me on the map has been particularly useful for getting back on track when off-trail bushwhacking. The help feature is also quite useful for learning how to use features and troubleshooting. Support is readily available by in-app help or by email.
Latest and greatest!
by Dchurc on 2020/06/12 19:54
This is the greatest modern day App. It basically has everything you need for getting outdoors. It’s Zoom during the pandemic only you can utilize it for everything non virtual. Thanks for continuing to develop new maps!
Great mapping App
by Sbreen on 2020/06/12 02:17
I mainly use this app for off road Jeep riding in national Forrest. Works great
Perfect for long mountain hikes!
by Washington St Girl on 2020/06/11 13:29
I start the tracker when I leave the truck and then when I’m ready to head back I just follow the tracker.
Excellent app
by meadowsRTS on 2020/06/11 13:07
Excellent app. Has become one of my favorites.
Get Out There...Don’t Get Lost
by WheelinWagon on 2020/06/10 02:17
This simple to use app is amazing! It is a must for back road exploring and trail riding!
Great product
by pat100ch on 2020/06/09 17:20
I have used other apps and have found this to be more user friendly. Still learning and have told other’s that enjoy. One thing need more ATV trails
My favorite app!
by Skibro_992 on 2020/06/08 03:25
Such a great app! I’ve used it for everything from Rainier to Belize City—it’s never let me down. It’s accurate to a couple feet, sips battery like i drink hot black coffee on a July Texas afternoon, and is super easy to use. Can’t recommend enough.
Best GPS mapping service on the App Store
by A_venator on 2020/06/06 22:50
Easy to use, accurate and outright amazing. The devs did a great job all around. From off-roaring to mountaineering this is my go to
Lots of map overlays
by mschwarz on 2020/06/06 16:22
It&#39;s just what I was looking for! The land ownership map is one I use even more than I was expecting. It’s super helpful when we’re on the edge of a park in town m and want to explore responsibly.
Excellent app
by FlyOzone on 2020/06/06 01:21
This is our go to app for trails and logging roads when you are out of cell range. It is fantastic.
Love This App!!
by balloonaticman on 2020/06/04 13:27
Because the included Gaiagps Topo map is a vector map, it is incredibly fast. It is also very accurate and highly detailed. This feature alone should be enough to choose this app over other options. Request: When creating a route in straight line mode, the addition of the route heading would be incredibly helpful. Currently only the bearing from your current location to the selected route point is shown. Thank you for a really wonderful app!
The best GPS App
by J.W. on 2020/06/02 21:53
If you do anything that requires maps and GPS location, use this app.
Sportsman take notice! Beats OnX
by Robin Folger on 2020/06/01 07:40
Are you looking for an alternative to the high cost of OnX? Look no further- serious hunter and fisherman, this has all the same maps and details, and consistently prices to be a winner offline. Plan, track, find private owners, weather mapping, burn maps, it’s got it all. For the serious hunter, it’s the tool you can’t do without.
Best GPS Mapping App. Period.
by T-wrexxx on 2020/06/01 02:59
I use Gaia GPS every time I go kayaking, and use it to log my trips. It’s an awesome way to keep track of my miles, pace, and speed, and also find my take-out points! Couldn’t ask for a better app!
Gia Maps
by Maverick ryder on 2020/05/30 16:20
Highly recommended Gia maps very easy to use.
Great app
by Thunder Butt on 2020/05/28 11:59
Ok so here’s my take, if you need to just know where you are on a map the free version does that wonderfully. I haven’t tried the paid version so I can’t say much about it but the benefits seem to be worth it. Cons because I like getting this out of the way: - needs a tutorial when you first stat it up, it’s feature rich but you have to figure it out. There’s a few tutorials on YouTube but that’s it. Set it up and learn it before you leave your house! - the default settings seem a bit backwards. It’s hard to explain(I can’t because I forgot what I did) but you’ll have to play with the map/compass settings till you get it to suit you. - Trails don’t have distance indicators, you have to set waypoints and a course ahead of time to get that. Distance and waypoints are done for you on AllTrails but it’s crowdsourced so I’m not surprised. Still though it’d be nice if I knew that taking a detour to see something would be X distance away rather than trying to change waypoints on my phone for a hypothetical. - weather maps are 24 hour forecast, I used weather bug to see where a storm was currently and decided to head out early. Access to Doppler would be a fantastic feature but even maps with weather forecasts are for subscribers. Pros: - works fine offline, I set my phone to airplane mode(as you should to save battery) and had zero issues. AllTrails doesn’t allow this, you have to be online first then you can go offline. If I’m lost with no signal how is this helpful? Gaia has your back. - Customer support is stupid quick, I messaged them on Insta and got help quickly. - user suggested trails and photos, I love knowing ahead of time if a scenic spot is worth trekking 5 miles to see. - it’s seriously feature rich and customizable!
Privacy and folders are bad
by Warren MacEvoy on 2020/05/25 04:17
Want to make sure everyone on the planet knows where your secret fishing hole is? Keeping data private is like not walking on trip wires at night. They just want your data. Want to organize your waypoints once your at a comfy computer screen? Play the “how many times can you click” game as you painfully move every single waypoint into a folder. Want to export to your data with notes and pictures? Well who really wants that to be easy.... I really do like the basics of this app; but working wit
Elevation?
by Ravin' mad on 2020/05/20 22:45
Pros: Love the topos and offline/cell capabilities. Cons: Elevation data is inaccurate compared to GPS Kit app &amp; Garmin 62s. Graph is often clipped at top. Even when it isn’t, studying the graph shows more elevation gain than the corresponding data produced. Haven’t discovered how to drop a waypoint if that is possible. Prefer to edit hikes on a lap top to review data and create a track with waypoints to be used in future. Conclusion: still evaluating for usefulness for navigating hikes.
Gaia GPS Works Best
by Wyoming Man on 2020/05/10 18:56
Thank you for continuing to improve Gaia GPS. You have justified my faith as a 5 year premium subscriber. I would like more categories for tracks/routes/maps. 1. Walking along pathways is very popular now. 2. ATV/UTV trails are often different from dirt bikes. Canoeing/kayaking. Sorting views/maps) by size (MB), would be useful. Please keep up the good work!
Ideal for aspiring backcountry climbers
by drkreiger on 2020/04/30 15:13
Have been using this fantastic app along with a solar panel for multi day trips in the PNW with no problems for over a year now. From remote down river trips where missing beaches would have ruined the day to trying to rediscover a remote boulder, Gaia’s functions have been simply and have not failed me once. I only wish I could purchase a lifelong item vs the subscription service!
Life Saver!
by Alex Cast on 2020/04/30 02:49
Thank you Gaia GPS!!!
The ONLY Choice
by Gpsjake on 2020/04/25 14:51
Gaia is one of those unicorn apps that renders all competing products utterly useless. Now, with the proliferation of waterproof phones, even a handheld, standalone GPS unit from the traditional manufacturers are silly in comparison. Gaia is fast, easy to navigate and continuously improves in their product. They have tracking capability but also trail auto-routing in some cases. I use this app almost every day and I’m amazed at the small features and capabilities I confuse finding. Their mapping overlays are incredible both in detail and selection. Using the overlays one can find any number of unique areas or special, hidden locations. With a product like Gaia I wonder why any other GPS/mapping solution even exists.. Keep up the good work guys!
Horrible to navigate
by Kreegeg on 2020/04/21 19:40
This app is no good. I thought after paying 20$ I would get more features but after paying for the 20$ membership it removed 5 layers from the maps I had available and now I can only view 2 map layers and it won’t let me add the old layers back. So I paid 20$ to lose features and maps with no response from support. Spend your money elsewhere
Excellent product and support
by Hjay9 on 2020/04/21 18:13
I’ve been hiking and using gps devices for years. Without a doubt GAIA is excellent, easy to use and best of all, excellent support. Do nit hesitate to try and buy.
Incredible GPS
by nwmtnguy on 2020/04/08 06:33
UPDATE: I only had one suggestion in my original review and it turns out the developer already fixed it in the most recent update. I would give this app more than 5 stars if I could! ORIGINAL REVIEW: I’ve tried a lot of GPS apps and this is hands -down the best one I’ve ever found for backcountry use. The only improvement I’d suggest is adding the option to ignore the phone’s dark mode setting. I much prefer the iOS interface in dark mode but find the dark Gaia map pretty difficult to read in most circumstances.
Latest version is buggy
by Cjwoodspt on 2020/03/14 23:40
It completely freezes on my iPhone 11pro when I try to download a trail from the Discover choice. Which is a bummer cuz otherwise I love this app.
Difficult, like it wants to prevent you from using it
by Pseudotsuga on 2020/03/13 19:42
Obtuse, awkward, counterproductive. I would never in a million years use this app if I had any choice.
Crashes
by cr4nk13stN0t3 on 2020/03/13 13:26
I really like the look and how easy it is to use. But the app crashes very frequently. Placing waypoints is a bit tricky. If you don’t have it exactly on the trail it just draws a straight line.
It’s pretty good, but has its quirks
by frogpose on 2020/03/13 03:13
I’ve used this app for navigation and data collection on a few projects as a field biologist. It’s got a lot of good points, but also could use some improvements. The good: overall it’s intuitive to use , especially the data collection. I love how easy it is to organize data in folders (except that you can’t remove a subfolder once you’ve put it in one). The graphics choices are very good. Importing and exporting files is also easy. It does kill my battery, but I expected that. My biggest complaint is that using a ruler to measure distance is annoying. You have to to into a menu and create a route. But this only allows you to measure between you and another point. In my opinion, one of the most important features of a navigation device is measuring distance! I would love to have the ruler as a tab by itself and that could be used to measure arbitrary points. Also, some of the base maps are old. Really old. One map I was using was at least 7 years old. And this is for the subscription version. Some of my coworkers wished that they’d stayed with the free version and felt that the paid upgrade wasn’t worth it. Once my subscription run out, I may try it with the free version to see if I like it.
Great GPS Map Application
by Echinacea1978 on 2020/03/07 16:23
This is absolutely a phenomenal app. Awesome features, map detail, available customizations that the user can make, and has a great yearly membership fee of $39.99 for the Premium level account. I like the go out into the wilderness and off the beaten tracks a lot. The biggest issue I have with this app is, it eats my iPhone’s battery down double that of what Google Maps does. This would be a HUGE issue if I used this application as much as I did my primary Garmin hiking GPS. Luckily, I only rely on this application occasionally to see where I am at and what’s around me. I will compare it to my primary map and hiking GPS to get a better idea of the lay of the land around me.
Best by far...still
by americasbeaches on 2020/03/06 09:39
This has been my backcountry navigation app for years in the Rockies. More and more friends of mine are using it now and although we all try other ones, this is still the gold standard for me. The ability to turn it on and see where I am on both the USGS 7.5 min map and a satellite image, with blending of the two images, is awesome! That is a Premium tool... well worth it. I use it for both on trail and off trail navigation and planning to find and get to high country meadow fishing spots. This is also an excellent hunting tool: I plan my deer hunts with it. It is great for figuring out new hunting camp lands... especially because the imagery shows new timber cut areas so well on the topo overlays. (Also, they finally got the detailed NOAA chart of upper Mobile Bay, where I boat, on the premium so now I’m using it more in my boat. Thanks)
Accurate
by 828 Runner on 2020/03/05 14:36
I use this app while running/hiking. It works great when you pre-load a .gpx track of your intended route, so you can always make sure you are on track. I also use it when I haven’t pre-loaded a route but am unsure of which direction to take at an intersection and just need a second look at a map. The accuracy in pinpointing your current location is incredible. I feel much more confident in the back country knowing that I have this app at hand.
In-app disable night mode
by CLYDEinStLouis on 2020/03/02 16:34
PLEASE, allow us to disable night mode inside the app. It’s rendering many map layers useless! CarPlay integration is really nice to have. After some more testing, I’m confident that I’ll eventually be able to retire my iPad as far as Jeep navigation goes.
Mostly good
by Lk 7556 on 2020/03/02 00:14
Very good app, however the mountain top elevations on the Gaia topo maps are very inaccurate. I’d estimate nearly 1/2 of them in the eastern Sierra are wrong. I don’t understand how this happens. They don’t change particularly fast. Also, the app uses battery pretty quickly when recording a route. A day hike is okay but I can’t see it being a useful feature for backpacking.
Works great, CarPlay now!
by JohnKes on 2020/02/26 18:31
Works great! Able to download maps and routes. Now has CarPlay support.
My Friends said I had to get it
by DCSAR on 2020/02/25 20:29
After using this app you can see why they said to. You will enjoy it.
It just gets better
by mmaggio100 on 2020/02/25 18:43
I invested in this application a while back by getting the yearly premium subscription, it’s totally worth it! I use this app for off roading purposes and now there is CarPlay support I can go off roading and see the trail I’m DIRECTLY on inside my cars own head unit! This is a must have app. I hope to see continues car play integration!
The map app you need for rural living
by mjjensen on 2020/02/19 02:38
GAIA GPS is the map you need for off road navigation (hiking or driving) when you live in rural western Colorado and you are surrounded by public lands and use MVUM to explore. Now with dark mode and CarPlay, my Jeep TJ can negotiate anywhere!
This is the only outdoor/GPS app, period.
by Nics Tunes on 2020/02/18 18:55
It’s the only app that allows you to create a route that has smart linking (or whatever it’s called) , which allows you to choose whether you’re hiking or driving off road and only put dots along the route and the app lays the route over existing hike trails or 4x4 roads .... what!? That’s it, that’s the deal breaker, I don’t use any other app just because of that. But then add the insane bank of maps available to use and use together with blending options and such, there alone also puts this app above all others. Combine these two features and they’re light years ahead of any other. But wait, now they added CarPlay support !!?? Foggetaboutit!!
My go to for anything outdoors.
by a ninja muffin on 2020/02/18 16:51
Walking, hiking, off-roading, and recording all of that. Gaia has been one of the most important items I make sure to have with me. I pay for the membership to be able to download maps. Going out of cell service about twice a month to camp, hike, off-road, the app gives me the confidence to go farther, knowing that I can find my way back. I use it on my iPhone, iPad, and occasionally on my Apple Watch. The Apple Watch app is okay but clunky. The map page is, for all intents and purposes, useless. Its load time will take longer than you’d ever want to keep holding your arm up. I would for it to work faster, however, I’m not sure what I could do to improve it.
Best GPS and map source available and has been for many years..
by ChaseW12 on 2019/10/12 14:04
I got this app about 10 years ago and I have loved it the upgrades have continued to improve it very well. I would not go with any other app out there I have tried other ones like x hunt and I did not like it. It is years behind this app. You get the personal property lines and public with this app, lots of layers that you can overlay and download. My entire family and extended family got this app too and they love it as well. Don’t waste your time or money with one of the other apps. This one is the way to go. Best app available. And I use this all the time not just once a year while hunting. I use it for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, horse pack trips around the farm... the tracking ability is very accurate and doesn’t drain my battery. I turn off my cellular data and all that and use it to track and it goes all day with out killing my battery and I have a 3 year old I phone. This is the only app that I would recommend especially because I have tried about 20 other ones over the years and this is the one I stick with. The subscription is worth every penny as well. Don’t worry you get your money’s worth with this app. They have an amazing app.
Great App with a couple minor issues
by The Strawman on 2018/11/26 21:39
Let me start by saying I use a Premium Subscription and absolutely love this app and use it nearly daily for both work and recreation. I does so much that it has become a must for use with my fieldwork. My only complaints are the randomized coloring when importing tracks and the was area shapes are created. Using this app professionally, I often need all of my shapes to be specific colors or all one color. Often I can just quickly adjust them in the app, but when I have projects with hundreds of shapes this is no longer a viable option and is very frustrating. Simply allowing bulk adjustment would solve this problem for me. The second issue regarding creating areas is that often when I try to move the dots that adjust the area, it grabs the screen and tries to move it instead... sensitivity issue maybe? In any case, these issues are not deal breakers... I love this app and will continue to use it, but hope that these two simple things will be addressed in the future. I know I’m not the only one that would like to see this! Thanks for a great app!!!
It’s pretty good, but has its quirks
by frogpose on 2020/03/13 03:13
I’ve used this app for navigation and data collection on a few projects as a field biologist. It’s got a lot of good points, but also could use some improvements. The good: overall it’s intuitive to use , especially the data collection. I love how easy it is to organize data in folders (except that you can’t remove a subfolder once you’ve put it in one). The graphics choices are very good. Importing and exporting files is also easy. It does kill my battery, but I expected that. My biggest complaint is that using a ruler to measure distance is annoying. You have to to into a menu and create a route. But this only allows you to measure between you and another point. In my opinion, one of the most important features of a navigation device is measuring distance! I would love to have the ruler as a tab by itself and that could be used to measure arbitrary points. Also, some of the base maps are old. Really old. One map I was using was at least 7 years old. And this is for the subscription version. Some of my coworkers wished that they’d stayed with the free version and felt that the paid upgrade wasn’t worth it. Once my subscription run out, I may try it with the free version to see if I like it.
I’d call it 4.5
by lyndseysaid on 2020/07/14 12:45
I really enjoy using this app I like to be able to go alone and I have been able to go farther past my skill level just by being confident I could always get back. Looking at doing the enchantments this year solo and I am so excited to not have to depend so much on others. I’ve also been able to find “the end” of my prior hikes and connect the dots in a way that would have required way too many maps and Gaia can always let me see how to put it all together. I have hiked regions for years with a desire to mentally map in a way that this gives me freedom to get back on trail. I wish when the battery died there was a way to continue the trip from where the device powered down. I love the create route but wish it would default in hiking mode without WiFi but over all my complaints are minor details for how much I’ve enjoyed being able to ID mountains correctly in the view and connect the dots instead of rely on speculation. Very much an upgrade to my ability to go farther and feel smart abt it.
Great tool for mapping motorcycle trips that use lots of off-road.
by eritchie007 on 2018/05/26 23:50
I’ve been using GAIA to map my rides for a couple of years now. I use it to note where I’ve been, and to mark places I’d like to go, rather than mapping out routes beforehand. I like the detail available in the layers of maps available, (just purchased membership so as to be able to download and utilize Canada backroads layer) the ability to run the app while phone is in airplane mode, and the relatively low power use in that mode. I’ve ridden across the country west to east and back again, and from south to north, and largely off-road. And have records of each day’s ride. I use it to map mountain bike rides and bicycle commutes, and keep multiple parent-folders current with each ride. I also like being able to share a link to my rides with family and friends. I know there are features I don’t use, but feel confident that their use would be pretty intuitive given the ease of use I experience with the features I do use.
Great to plan routes for off-road riding
by Julien velo on 2017/11/07 20:29
Downloaded the app and tested it for off-road motorcycle. The automatic tracing of a route over existing marked trails is an awesome feature that makes planning the route considerably easier than with Google Earth or Garmin Basecamp. I downloaded satellite image and usgs topo maps of the area I was riding in so I didn&#39;t need to rely on having network or not during the ride. Battery usage was reasonable and it can certainly last for 12 hours or more with every app turned off and airplane mode. The website is fairly good too. Only small complain is that the web app folder system is a little convoluted - it&#39;s not obvious at first where things go at first. The mobile app occasionally crashes while managing files, yet nothing was lost. Compare to a Garmin gps unit the only limitation is the device&#39;s gps accuracy and recording rate but it&#39;s no issue for off-road riding/driving, likely not an issue for hiking neither.
Lol best gps I used - better than dedicated gps devices
by Down river girl on 2019/01/18 21:19
Been using this app for several years. I pay for the annual subscription and it’s worth every penny. I use this app for trail running and backpacking mainly. I have and iPhone and when out in spotty cell service areas I turn my phone on airplane mode and this app works great as long as you have the maps downloaded earlier. Having the gps app on the phone gives you the modern touch screen and convince that the other dedicated devices (garmin) are still struggling to replicate. The phone is something I already have and the battery in my iPhone last a long time. I also like being able to use the app on my computer and plot/estimate plan hikes and runs. It will give you distance and elevation which are things I like to know before going out on long runs in areas I never been. I can’t say enough great things about this app, it’s great!
Ok, but missing important and very basic tools
by csmith123 on 2019/10/13 18:34
I’ve been using Gaia for a while now. Some for hiking, some for overlanding and dual sport, and some for Backcountry Enduro biking. For the most part the app is ok. It’s simple to save maps and record tracks and easy to download GPX files from 3rd parties. But it’s missing some of the most critical and simple functions. At first I simply couldn’t believe what it was missing, but after watching Gaia tutorials and spending time on blogs, I’ve learned it truly doesn’t have them. For example, when route planning you can’t see the distance between waypoints! Unbelievable. On our motorbikes we have limited fuel, so I need to be able to plan for that. I literally have to use a physical grade-school ruler on my screen to estimate distance between waypoints to plan for fuel stops. It’s also very difficult to adjust a route later. Anyway, the app could be great but falls miserably short for route planning. Currently planning an Idaho BDR trip and Gaia simply won’t work. Currently looking for a better solution.
The best
by machachochamocolatta on 2019/08/11 15:27
One of the best mobile apps hands down. The app has easily saved me from getting lost several times. It might have even saved my life. The interface may not be the most intuitive but once I got used to it, I was fine. The app has ALWAYS worked without cellular service. I’ve used it in this manner over a dozen times for a total of about 30 days in two countries. The key is to download an area map to your device before you leave cellular coverage and load it when you are ready. It’s also helpful to establish known waypoints before but no biggie if you don’t. Two negative observations some of Colorado’s 14ers are listed at the wrong altitude and if you cache equipment and use this app to waypoint the arrow that shows your location to the waypoint will continuously move location even though you are standing still. It still, in my opinion, a 5 star app!
Saved my life!
by wrightmg on 2020/07/02 02:47
I currently run the free version off this app but plan to pay for it after it saved mine and two others lives! Other than keeping us on our trail and knowledge of elevation and topo lines it contained our exact coordinates when things got hairy! An unexpected snow storm rolled in on us and lasted a little over 48 hours and full on blocked us in on a trail that was hiking access only. We managed to get cell service at the top of a cliff and send out our gps coordinates from the app and as soon as the storm cleared we were evacuated safe and sound with minor symptoms of hypothermia. Had I not had this app we would have been in a far worse situation just waiting for them to find us as pinging our phones lead them to believe we were two mountain passes over. I never thought a silly map app would be something I relied on so heavily!
Best by far...still
by americasbeaches on 2020/03/06 09:39
This has been my backcountry navigation app for years in the Rockies. More and more friends of mine are using it now and although we all try other ones, this is still the gold standard for me. The ability to turn it on and see where I am on both the USGS 7.5 min map and a satellite image, with blending of the two images, is awesome! That is a Premium tool... well worth it. I use it for both on trail and off trail navigation and planning to find and get to high country meadow fishing spots. This is also an excellent hunting tool: I plan my deer hunts with it. It is great for figuring out new hunting camp lands... especially because the imagery shows new timber cut areas so well on the topo overlays. (Also, they finally got the detailed NOAA chart of upper Mobile Bay, where I boat, on the premium so now I’m using it more in my boat. Thanks)
Sounds Like Updates are in the Works
by Alolio on 2020/08/04 18:08
I appreciate having received a developer response that some of the shortcomings outlined below are being addressed. I’d still go with Gaia over the others, and I’d still say there are some needed QOL additions. Some things I believe need work: Poor organization of trips - why have folders and then display every prospective route in the “folders” view? Why no bulk add of multiple routes and waypoints to one folder? There’s no way to see your waypoints on an elevation, such that your waypoints for overnight camps appear in the elevation view. This matters because you can’t get accurate mileage from one camp to the next when planning routes. The only way I can find to do that is to make separate routes for each day, which is fine, until you go to look at the “folder view” and find it filled with 30 or 40 separate routes from various prospective trips. There doesn’t appear to be an “out and back” option to create a full “out and back mileage” and elevation profile - the best you can do is create another point somewhere near the origin. But you can’t put the final point directly on the origin, because doing so grabs and moves the origin point. Multiplying is easy enough, but other apps have this feature, and it’s a nice add. I have used other apps, and each has its own shortcomings. All this said, Gaia is easier to use than others, and it gets the job done.
I put this app through the ringer
by MountainRider13 on 2020/01/31 16:12
GaiaGPS is by far the best GPS app for iOS to date. I have tried countless other GPS apps including those from the “big” companies, and Gaia blows them all away. The map overlaying ability with opacity settings makes creating my bikepacking and bikerafting planning so much easier than before. I was able to identify NFS roads using Gaia that were hard to find on paper maps. Plus Gaia frequently updates the quality and quantity of maps so I always have the most up to date maps on my wrist or in my hand. Honestly, the watch app has room for improvement. It could be faster and have increased functionality (not as much as the phone, but more than just tracking and map viewing). It’s still not that bad though. Worth every penny for the annual subscription.
Garmin killer?
by Scs'er on 2019/08/29 19:56
I initially got this app (basic membership) as a backup to my garmin unit while riding the backcountry on my dual my sport dirt bike. I have both gps and phone mounted on the handlebars of my motorcycle and have the Gaia app running to explore trails and track my rides. So far I’m really happy with the way the app works and how accurate the gps is using the offline maps. After using the Gaia gps for a couple weeks it might become my primary gps and the garmin will go in my pack as the backup. Another feature that I like is the ability to create waypoints and routes from the Gaia website and have the routes auto sync to the phone app. This it much easier and faster than the garmin/basecamp setup and makes pre-route planning a breeze. You can also import gpx files from waypoints into the web portal pretty easily.
This app is the best mapping program on the iPhone iPad and even the computer.
by Climbergirl2002 on 2019/11/22 05:46
This app is an awesome mapping program for the iPhone iPad and even the computer. The Apple Watch provides stats and can mark a waypoint, but so far it has not loaded a map on my watch. We even used Gaia GPS to hike in southern France, Including the Pyrenees mountains along the France Spain border and in Canada’s national Parc Pucaskaw on the north shore of Lake Superior We use the app for all of our volunteer work for the Forest Service, BLM, Fish and Wildlife Service, NPS, and Idaho Fish and Game. We subscribe directly through the Gaia GPS website. With a battery juice pack to extend the battery on my phone, there’s plenty of juice for a 200 point count, plus navigating back to the truck and back to pavement, and inputting the data, so I can email it when we have cell service.
The best map application I’ve found
by ddrazen on 2018/09/21 12:25
This is my first “detailed” online review ever, for any product. The closest I’ve come is giving something a few stars, but never in detail. I’ve always been the end user of reviews, but this app is well worth the time to share. I’m a bit of a map fanboy. I’ve always loved them and currently have 7 map apps installed on my phone. I often wonder why, when I always end up using Gaia GPS. The interface takes a little bit of time to get used to, but the power of the tool is well worth it. I’m continuously finding new features of the app and I love all the different options. I haven’t found any other application that can do something Gaia can’t. I can’t recommend it enough, you will not be disappointed!
Unreliable
by PNW_hiker on 2019/10/23 15:31
I’ve been using this app for 2 years and have never had an issue. In the past month, this app has failed me twice. The first time I was on a 20 mile train run in Olympic National Park and my map was showing up completely blank aside from the location arrow. Never happened before. I had downloaded the map area prior to this so I could see it offline, the app just wasn’t working. This was poor timing as I lost the trail due to snow conditions. Fortunately, I crossed paths with some backpackers and found my way. This happened again yesterday in the Central Cascades and I had to turn back one mile into my journey. Today, a notification popped up when I opened the app saying that the app was not responsible for any failures and “services are provided at your sole risk”. I really have no idea what the point of having GPS is if you can’t rely on it. Obviously, it is smart to have a back up plan for any kind of technology failure. However, I simply can’t use this app anymore, I have no idea if it will work or not.
Confusing payment levels
by NickLanding on 2019/03/03 15:39
Gaia is a great map app. I’m paying for a basic membership and see a minor improvement over the free version. But it is an improvement so I’m not complaining. It’s easy to understand there are 3 levels of membership but I found it difficult to understand exactly what features are unlocked with each membership. For example, overlays, the feature I most desired, is no available in the basic membership. If it’s affordable for you, I would advise you to purchase the “premium membership” to remove any limitations. I wish I could clearly display the features for each membership in this review. If the premium membership’s cost is a barrier for you. You should chat with Gaia support before you buy to know which membership is right for you before you spend money.
One of the best mapping software out there
by Nytro13 on 2020/07/18 17:30
I use this for personal and volunteer search and rescue. There are a couple other alternative options out but I am most familiar with this. I have a paid version but can’t remember what level. Super easy to use. Modifiable home screen for quick access to data (distance, speed, elevation, coordinates, start/stop) depending on which is needed most at any given time. Ability to download and store maps, even over cell and from the app. Can run most functions from the app but can also access through desktop. Store and share .gpx files easily. Can now set up and delineate areas (SAR function). Add photos to routes. Set privacy settings. Most functions very intuitive and easy to use.
The ONLY Choice
by Gpsjake on 2020/04/25 14:51
Gaia is one of those unicorn apps that renders all competing products utterly useless. Now, with the proliferation of waterproof phones, even a handheld, standalone GPS unit from the traditional manufacturers are silly in comparison. Gaia is fast, easy to navigate and continuously improves in their product. They have tracking capability but also trail auto-routing in some cases. I use this app almost every day and I’m amazed at the small features and capabilities I confuse finding. Their mapping overlays are incredible both in detail and selection. Using the overlays one can find any number of unique areas or special, hidden locations. With a product like Gaia I wonder why any other GPS/mapping solution even exists.. Keep up the good work guys!
This is the only outdoor/GPS app, period.
by Nics Tunes on 2020/02/18 18:55
It’s the only app that allows you to create a route that has smart linking (or whatever it’s called) , which allows you to choose whether you’re hiking or driving off road and only put dots along the route and the app lays the route over existing hike trails or 4x4 roads .... what!? That’s it, that’s the deal breaker, I don’t use any other app just because of that. But then add the insane bank of maps available to use and use together with blending options and such, there alone also puts this app above all others. Combine these two features and they’re light years ahead of any other. But wait, now they added CarPlay support !!?? Foggetaboutit!!
Bkkls
by Klsdtffyg on 2018/05/24 03:01
I left my old review below but have talked to someone at gaia They listened and I felt confident my issues will be addressed.I sent 3 emails and waiting to see if I get a response. they are the best app out there for your phone they will get 5 stars after I receive answers to my emails Old review below Even though i can use it for 2 years free unless their going to go back and take that away to . I am disappointed in the new app and in management of the buiness . There are so many maps that are worthless have no purpose . I have called them with suggestions of maps to add and to point out a mistake on one map and all i got was someone very defensive no help at all . I will not pay a monthly or yearly fee i will drop the app and use my dependable garmin rhino
Off-roading use
by ScottJ1000 on 2020/02/16 01:16
I have used this app for 4 years now for off roading and overall it is a great app. I’m only giving it 4 stars right now because i would like to see a setting that lets you see the map in track up position full time. In all fairness the app does let you do this somewhat but as soon as you touch the screen to move the map or zoom in or out, it turns the feature off. There should be a way to set the app in this mode and leave it there until you want to turn it off. I know this has been requested multiple times but the developers ignore the request. I would think this would be simple to do and if they want to capture the off road market it would be a key feature people would want.
Rough start but great outcome
by DavFeath on 2019/05/14 15:46
I started using the app like so many others on the free version and loved everything about it. I finally decided to get the premium version and of course a day maybe two before I had a trip planned as leader of a group of jeeps travel across the eastern section of Oklahoma there was an update and it caused some hectic and I couldn’t use the MVUM maps which wouldn’t have been good. Anyways I got in touch with the tech support guys and through Facebook messenger and was able to get the help I needed before I left out for my trip. Absolutely some of the best service I’ve had in a while. I will continue to use this app for as long as they keep up the good work. Thanks guys
I used to be old school but now.......
by dogfuzion on 2020/07/09 00:33
This app is awesome. I have pretty much stopped using my pricey Garmin gps unit and only use this. It’s so easy to see the maps on my iPhone. You always know exactly where you are. Ridiculously easy to put tracks onto the app or export them. I got the $40 upgrade so can use National Geo maps, slope angle shading (for backcountry skiing), private property lines, just tons of useful map overlays. The only possible downside is if your phone runs out of juice. I use the app on airplane mode which conserves energy. If you were on a multi day trip you’d need an external battery phone charger. I even used this on a hut trip in British Columbia and it worked beyond expectations.
#1 map for me
by LovesDaCheese on 2019/10/09 13:43
My husband and I enjoy camping in BLM lands off grid. This app allows us to mark the spots that we like/dislike so we can always have a backup option if our spot is taken. We also use it to mark roads that are no longer passable and other little details (shooting pit/star gazing spots, etc) we’ve been using it for a couple years now and it just keeps getting better! My only suggestion is to allow a feature that dims waypoints so I can focus on one at a time. Because I mark so many things as reminders, my map gets full when I’m trying to navigate somewhere. If I could turn down the spots I am not going to that would help a great deal.
Overall quite good, could use a couple improvements
by Axomus on 2020/02/09 21:37
Gaia GPS has come a long way since I tried using it awhile back. It be my go-to GPS tracker now. The new dark map is really pleasant to use. The app is great for planning trips. Routes can be made easily right from the app. I’m REALLY hoping they don’t add social media functionally to this app. There are enough GPS trackers with that, and it really degrades the experience and adds bloat. That has already started happening a little bit with the community features they’ve added. Hopefully they don’t take this further. People just want a good, solid tracker! Apple Health would be a nice integration. The ability to have exercises recorded and see heart rate in the app would be great for hikes and mountain biking.
Fantastic supplemental navigation
by Daniel G H on 2018/12/21 20:04
I’ve used this app for several trips now though so far only for vehicle navigation and track recording and I think it’s a great supplemental app for navigation. The variety of map overlays is impressive and I’ve found several I feel are quite useful. It’s so much easier with Gaia to build a route and plan a trip than it is with Google but when it comes to straight up getting directions to or detailed information about an area google is supreme. This is why I say it’s a great supplement. I use google to navigate me with turn by turn directions to the start of my Gaia route and then use Gaia to guide me and record my track.
Repeat to Gabe in NH, June 28 request
by Jo in Wisc on 2018/10/08 14:41
Gabe requested an alert when nearing a saved waypoint. We canoe and often need to scout upcoming rapids we’ve marked with waypoints. When we are actively paddling, stopping frequently to check progress on Gaia is difficult. Love the app but this would be a great feature to add and could significantly increase users safety. Thank you Gaia for a great app. Gaia is a great hiking app but please fix the search function. A few letters are typed in and the drop down list appears. You cannot type more letters to make that list more concise. You cannot get out of the list. You have to close Gaia and start over. For such a great app the search feature should function better. January 17 update: I appreciate the fast response from the developer providing info about the app search functions that I had previously found. But you must be in portrait mode for the search function to work correctly. Suggest either rework search function to also work in landscape mode or include that limitation in help info. Still the best hiking GPS app available
iPhone Gaia GPS vs Garmin eTrex
by Roman Voyd on 2018/11/09 19:20
I&#39;ve been collecting track data with Garmin GPS units since 2000. Until a few years ago I was reluctant to use my iPhone for this purpose, but then tried the Gaia GPS app. Although pricy, the app is great, and makes ab great alternative for track acquisition and storage. Tracks can be easily exported to Garmin mapping software. All base maps can be downloaded ahead of time when traveling in areas of low or no cell signal allowing the use of the Gaia app in these onditions. The maps on the phone are gorgeous and superior to those on my Garmin eTrex. I still use both, but not how much longer? The Gaia app is an excellent product, well worth the price.
This app Saves your bacon!
by JH Dietrich on 2018/03/07 18:56
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.
THE BEST recreational mapping app!!!
by wdbald on 2018/10/11 05:43
This is BY FAR the best app if you like hiking, walking or driving, no matter your signal strength. Fantastic array of maps, easy and reliable offline downloads of those maps, easy tracking of routes that map your altitude, speed, everything! Include a great folder system for saved maps/routes/points and top it off with social sharing and you’ve got a whirlwind of an app. Way better than AllTrails and the 20 other Hiking apps (all of which I have put to the test). P.S. they also include a super helpful Watch app showing data, route controls and even the map with your live location which you can scroll on!
Very nice application.
by Rokair on 2020/06/21 15:57
This application works well and the price isn’t bad if you use it often. I may have simply not found the settings yet but it would be nice to be able to set things like...the color of the mile markers. When hiking an existing track it would be nice if the track’s markets looked different than the actual markets for my current hike. It also seems that while some of the maps would not be available (for cost reasons) until the more expensive subscription that I should be able to use more of the features with the maps that are included in my subscription.
No need for a Garmin!
by Jordan Finke on 2018/01/24 16:59
This app is amazing for riding snowmobile and giving you statistics on how long you were riding, how long you were stopped, mapping your trails, and making waypoints so you can remember those sweet hill climb spots. Especially offline/no service!!! If you aren&#39;t happy with the sattilite imagery they have a hidden one under premium maps by ESRI which is amazing in rural Alaska! My only issue with the app as it stands right now is that on the iPhone X, you can&#39;t crop a track as the save button is under the iPhones top status bar, so then you have to force quit the app, which they have an update coming out soon for.
The #1 hiking gps.
by Mordeth619 on 2018/01/26 13:18
This app is an amazing hiking gps. Not only does it have dotted lines that follow pretty much every known hike that I have been on around San Diego, Yosemite, Zion, Joshua Tree, Kaua‘i, Seattle, Columbia River Gorge, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, etc. I have also used it for planning out and following my tracks on many hikes that have no trail, such as waterfalls that nobody knows about that I find on google earth then plot waypoints on Gaia. I have had the itch to buy a dedicated handheld gps multiple times, but every time after doing some research, I find that they don’t compare to Gaia. I have used this app as my main hiking GPS for 3 years, and it has never let me down.
Gaia UPS is Nothing Less than Terrific
by DonaldFRobertson on 2020/02/06 02:29
I use it as my all-purpose tool - the Leatherman of GPS apps - whether I am trying to figure out where to get off the bus at night (Open Street Map), how fast my train is going, or marking routes or points like where on Earth I parked my bicycle when wayfinding in the wilderness (with maps downloaded for off-line use). I find it just as useful as any of the specialized bicycling apps I&#39;ve tried (though an option to display speed with a larger font would be nice). Buying premium is well worth the $40 / year, as that gets you a vast library of maps for evey purpose.
Best Bang for the Buck
by JeepPhoenix on 2018/10/02 13:04
I’ve tried them all on my iPad and iPhone. GAIA GPS has the best maps, map updates/transfers/overlays, the fastest speed, the best features, design, usability, and is constantly improved - further distancing its lead on the competition. It’s never crashed, is super easy to use and I’ve overspent enough money on other gps apps to know GAIA is the best (and as a bonus kinda cheap too). My wife and I use it for jeeping. I wish we could also explore the single tracks with GAIA but our jeep is her wheelchair. GAIA is my insurance to helping her enjoy the outdoors. Thank you GAIA. I got a bargain. I would have paid 10x easily.
This app is horrible.
by DuaneCL on 2019/07/02 13:00
The app is complicated and difficult to use. But what is it used for? I made the mistake of thinking I can use it for hiking. It’s not just me. Others I’ve asked for help say the same thing. Finding hikes. Tracking your location, distance, etc., is very complicated and sometimes impossible. And forget about finding new hikes to go on. Yes, some are there but other well established long existing trails are impossible to find on this app. I’ve tried it in Washington state, Utah, Oregon and New Zealand. I give up. Who’s using this and what are they using it for? And reading the ratings or online help won’t answer. I hate being so negative but I was stupid to buy the five year membership. I can’t recommend it for use while hiking. And if that’s not what a gps is for, then I don’t know what one is for. Sorry but it’s been horrible.
Water ways not shown or disappears
by A Big Richard on 2019/07/26 10:06
Update: developer responded back promptly to my review. And said they looking into issues. Looking like they responsive to problems and listen too people. was considering buying an upgrade on this. But upon checking this app out while on a trip. Took notice that even while using app while sitting next to a stream it was not shown on map. Then again checking a very well know creek just disappeared off map after a certain point. When trying to contact though app about issues it would not allow message with screenshot attached to show them problem. So uninstalling and will not recommend to anyone. Enjoy your review you earned it.
Bloated and declining
by k9education on 2020/02/05 16:31
Gais has been my go-to hiking/backpacking app for many years. The best thing about it is that offers past maps that show old roads and trails that other maps don’t. This makes for some great trips off the beaten path. Unfortunately, despite the app becoming larger and larger, the current maps are becoming more and more out of date. Trails that have been active for the last 20 years are still absent from the map and Gaia seems to think I am hiking in the abyss. Trails that collapsed and/or washed away 2 years ago (and thus no longer exist) still show on the current map. For as large as the app has become and for all they are now charging, the least they could do is keep the current maps current. Lastly, Gaia has made it a point to disregard the hikers/backpackers that made Gaia what it is today. The app is now targeted to hunters and others that destroy the environment and everything in it and the needs of hikers/backpackers have become a distant second. All of that said, Gaia is still the best option out there at the moment. However, I don’t know how much longer I will continue to support the app.
The ultimate GPS 🗺 mapping app. Read this incredible example usage.
by Syclone Josh on 2020/08/05 02:34
👇🏼My favorite feature is the historical 1900 and 1930 maps, which premium users can overlay atop modern maps with adjustable translucency. 💡⚠️ In the Great Earthquake of 1904, San Francisco, the North American and Pacific Continental Plates abruptly shifted SO violently, THE ENTIRE CITY SUDDENLY MOVED 💥20 FEET💥 NORTHWEST*, in 60 SECONDS!! ↖️💥🌉🏙↖️🏢🌇🏬↖️🏙🏘💥↖️ 👀😲😱 (*according to the Point Reyes brochure from NPS, as Point Reyes island marks a visibly obvious split ↔️on the Pacific Plate perfectly along the San Andreas Fault↕️ across from the NA Plate.) Here’s the awesome part: I used Gaia GPS to overlay the 1930 map over the 1900 map of the San Francisco area AND SURE ENOUGH, all the lines and everything appears shifted a bit to the north!!! Incredible!!😲😲🗺👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 The possibilities of what you can do with this app are endless, especially on an iPad. It makes Google Maps look like a children’s toy. Like the emperor said: “Now witness the power of my fully operational battle station.”😁
Great alternative to expensive dedicated device
by M_J_S on 2018/08/05 19:55
It takes a little getting used to but Gaia has become indispensable to me. Making sure I download maps before I leave reception and taking an extra battery (though it’s very conservative on its use I find) I can hike in confidence. Even on supposedly well-marked trails I use it to avoid the ‘did we just miss a turn or what’ problem. Good for tracking progress in terms of distance and altitude gained. Used extensively in back country for peace of mind to get back to original starting point. For a few dollars it’s worth every penny.
AWESOME!
by W0rmmm on 2018/02/27 14:19
This app has been a staple to our off roading trips. I founded Oc Overland a little less than a year ago and our team has used it ever since. For the price it has been amazing, some people can’t afford to use a dedicated gps system and this is an awesome alternatives. You are able to download maps, track/create routes, waypoints and use specific icons to label everything correctly. There are a few different layers to help plan your trip and see different roads. Everything is precise and you can pinpoint exact locations you need. I highly recommend.
Good app but could use a couple things
by Kgrabowski0206 on 2019/04/18 06:49
I’ve been using Gaia for 2 years now and really like the idea of having something with is while hiking that works even offline. Lately thought I’m having issues with the routes I create on the computer(way easier)downloading to the app. My other big issue is when creating hiking routes, you’ve got to put a ton of waypoints bc otherwise the program will make its own routes. You also can’t get an accurate reading if doing an out and back or lollipop route. A nice feature would be a way to press “back to starting point” or something like that
Great App, needs print.
by TheCombatDoc on 2018/07/04 13:11
Been using various Topo map apps for years. This is the first one that lets me plot tracks and such directly to the maps. It’s also great that it has so many overlay options including Nat Geo. Well thought out and easy enough to use once you figure out all the icons. Only thing I’d like to see added would be an option to print out your tracks/map sections. That way I could have a backup in case my iPad, phone, etc decided to take a dump. I mean after all, this app is designed for outdoors enthusiasts and sometimes electronics suffer from the less than ideal conditions we subject our gear to.
Gaia GPS is so good I bought an iPad solely for it!
by ASDFKGS on 2018/11/16 15:12
I’ve tried a lot of GPS apps for off-road navigation and none of them impressed me. I really wanted one for detailed topo, public lands, and MVUM maps (where no cell service is available of course). I bought an iPad 9.7 for the sole purpose of using Gaia GPS Premium. I’ve downloaded all of the lower 48 states at max zoom with those three layers and it’s so nice to see all of the details of any area with airplane mode enabled. The app is well laid out, has all the options you’d want, and is a real pleasure to use on iOS. I absolutely love it.
Now the best application for hunting
by Richard295 on 2018/11/01 15:03
For many years I used Gaia for backpacking but also had to purchase onX for hunting. Recently, with all of the hunting related overlays offered, I moved all of my old onX waypoints to Gaia. Gaia offers access to higher quality maps, more comprehensive information organization, faster response, and all of the required public/private overlays. In addition it is still without equal for backpacking. A Gaia Premium membership is required for hunting but it provides national information versus a single state’s information for a price comparable to an onX license.
Tremendous App!
by j7s on 2019/01/16 22:52
Have been using gaia gps for about a week or so and really enjoy the program. There’s a learning curve . . . but it’s well worth the time spent. I’m actually planning day trips for both motorcycling &amp; hiking for this spring &amp; summer. Having the maps on my phone &amp; available to use do what you want or need is huge! The ease of plotting waypoints &amp; linking them with photos and notes is very helpful too. This app does a lot of things that google maps &amp; Waze can not. Definitely looking forward to using this more after winter rolls by.
No tutorial
by Mad35554 on 2019/09/01 07:30
I just purchased the app. There&#39;s absolutely no basic instructions and this app is super technical. They just assume you already must be a map geek to buy the app I guess. I just wasted an hour and can&#39;t find one tutorial on how to actually use the app. They have tutorials for more technical use but absolutely zero basic instructions on how to get started. I&#39;ve watched at least 10 tutorial videos and the girl who narrates talks so fast with a granola girl accent I can&#39;t follow at all. Each of the tutorials assume you already have maps downloaded and can use the program already. They also assume you have an understanding of their lingo. Totally useless so far. They need to hire a few google maps employees to figure how to make this user friendly and intuitive.
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Keyword Volume Hits KEI Rank
off road gps
61.83
3
1
gaia pro
122
2
camping magazine
0.03
2
gaia maps
2.4 K
1
gps topo maps
0.00
1
offroad trails
13.61
1
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gps topo
0.00
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hiking trails
28.40
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tom's 4x4
1.19
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4x4 free
0.00
1
offroad gps
29.83
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gpx navigator
48.86
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motion x gps
9.82
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gps land ownership maps
0.00
1
gaia gps
10.82
1