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Gaia GPS: Topo Maps and Trails for Offline Hiking

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Plan trips and explore the wild with Gaia GPS, on your phone, tablet, and computer.

Widely considered the best outdoor mapping app, Gaia GPS has been showcased in Apple's "Your Verse" stories, and covered in countless major publications, from Outside and TrailRunner, to the New York Times and FOX News TappedIn.

Top adventure guides use Gaia GPS all over the world.

Since 2009, we've been constantly updating Gaia GPS to help people explore remote places, and stay safer in the woods. Today, many great people contribute to the support and development of Gaia GPS. You can always get in touch with the whole team at

Gaia (guy-yuh) comes from Greek mythology - she is the Goddess of the Earth, or Mother Nature.

►► Maps
• view maps online at
• download worldwide topo, road, and aerial maps
• use Gaia's unique, streaming, vector, worldwide topo map
• includes the best government topo maps for the US and Canada (USGS, USFS, NRCan)
• unlimited downloads for offline use - no extra charges

►► Sync, Back-up, and Website
• use Gaia everywhere - iPhone, iPad, iPod, and online at
• sync your tracks, photos, maps, and waypoints to all of your devices
• share links to tracks and photos, via email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and more
• keep your data backed up, effortlessly

►► Map Tools
• record tracks, waypoints, and take geo-tagged photos
• display NEXRAD radar, track data, and Gaia POI data with webpages from our search engine
• import and export GPX/KML files, by iTunes, Safari, DropBox, and email
• customize all aspects of Gaia, including units, coordinates types, color and sound, and more

►► GaiaPro
Subscribe to GaiaPro to get extra features, maps, and support. The cost is $5.99/month or $39.99/year.

• use to print maps and plan routes
• download multi-layered maps - mix and set opacity for many layers at once
• use MapBox cloudless aerial and street maps, the best and most up-to-date OpenStreetMap available
• view weather forecasts from Wunderground
• set custom icons for waypoints you create
• sync max-resolution photos to GaiaCloud

To manage your subscription:
• TURN OFF auto-renewal via the main Settings app:
• Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your iTunes account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal.
• Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
• Visit the following URL to view our Privacy Policy:
• Visit the following URL for full terms of use:

►► IMPORTANT - IPOD TOUCH AND WIFI ONLY IPADS - This application will not be fully functional on these devices, unless you have an external GPS attachment. The GPS Recorder and compass will be inactive. You will be able to view maps and waypoints, but you cannot record tracks.

►► GPS WARNING - Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What's New in Version 10.9.5

If you love Gaia GPS, help spread the word by leaving a review. Your review will also show fresh, when you rate a new update.

If you notice a problem with Gaia GPS, contact We don't have a way to reply if you leave a review about an issue.


• Fixed an additional crash from 10.9.4 that could happen unpredictably
• Fixed time display on pause/resume


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Customer Reviews

Serious App for Serious Hikers

I hike a lot, and I'm a GPS tracking nerd. Gaia has been one of my most reliable pieces of "gear" over the past 4-5 years I've been using it. Well worth the cost. I've tried out all the serious alternatives, and while some of them are great, they don't match the feature set and reliability here in Gaia.

If you are casually interested in a GPS hiking app, AllTrails and TopoMaps+ are great options at lower price points, but if you want the best, it's definitely Gaia.

Gaia also has a very awesome web platform, and with Pro, all that syncs with your phone. This has become one of my favorite features as I plan new hikes to go on and load trail routes to my phone.

Very good topo navigation app

I've been using my iPhone to navigate in the woods for years. Over time I've used a dozen apps. So far this is the best. It's feature rich and the developers are continuously improving on the app's already solid foundation. I like that I can easily plan a trip on my iPad and the track automatically syncs to my iPhone. Tracks are easily recorded, imported from other sources and easily followed. I like the option of multiple free map sources so that you can choose the best one for the area you're going to. I also like that the trip statistics are updated in real time so you know how far you've gone and the pace you're keeping.

Best iPhone Off-road GPS!!

I hesitated to spend the $20 for several months afraid that I would dislike it and be money wasted. I wish I bought this sooner! I use this as my primary (but not only) means of navigating when backpacking. It has even worked well for off road overland Jeep travel. I have yet to use it snowboarding but I'm sure it will be great for that too. You are able to upload GPX files to it which is awesome so you can follow plotted out routes. However, it does not unpack ZIP files so you will need an app that unpacks them to the basic GPX file and then transport it into Gaia. A bit tedious but the final result is awesome! Buy It, Enjoy It!! Happy Trails!

Gaia GPS: Topo Maps and Trails for Offline Hiking
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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  • $19.99
  • Category: Navigation
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  • Version: 10.9.5
  • Size: 52.9 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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