Instead of buying this app (Gaia GPS Classic), please download the new Gaia GPS app. You can find it by searching for "Gaia GPS" - then download the app with the gold border called "Gaia GPS: Topo Maps and Hiking Trails."

We're maintaining Gaia GPS Classic for existing users, but our work is focused on the new app.

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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

Version 10.9.16

An under the hood change to deal with a 3rd party shutting down their company. You shouldn't notice a difference.

* we're now using our own server to do the trail-routing, because the 3rd party provider shut down - it's the same software, so you shouldn't see any changes
* we also switched the auto-naming of waypoints/tracks, to a new server - but again, it's the same software and you shouldn't see a difference

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Best GPS app.


An amazing app that has helped and been with me for 3 years now and almost 100 summits. Will be worth keeping an old device around just to use for this app once the updates stop.

Gonna buy a cheap iPhone 6 or 6S and just use it like a dedicated GPS.

Just downloaded the new app and am going to give it a try. Nice to see they rewarded the people who purchased the original app with a free subscription to the new one for a few years. That’s great customer service right there and will make me happy to pay once my free trial runs out.

Phenomenal Tool, after deeper customizimation


Download the OpenLandscapeMap HD from the layer menu > More Layers > Topo Maps. The OpenHikingMap HD also works well, but I prefer the Landscape map for hiking.

Google “how to add Google Hybrid maps to Gaia GPS” and you should find a few pages showing you how to add Google maps from your computer browser.

After setting those up, you will have an absolutely incredible tool to aid you in your outdoor adventures. The default maps are pretty bad, otherwise incredible.

The Classic version won’t import GPX data

Chihuahua Chick

Though the Classic version worked great with iOS 10, it will no longer import GPX track or waypoint data with iOS 11.
I contacted Gaia GPS customer support and after several attempts to fix this issue I installed the new subscription based version. They provide the new version at no cost for two years for those who already have the Classic version. Now both versions work to import GPX data.

Developer Response


I'm sorry you're still having trouble importing files.

I think we may have figured out the issue here, and if you'd like to give the following a try and write back to support to let us know your results, that'd be greatly appreciated.

1) While testing imports, the team has found that file imports work for them as they should. You can watch a video of us importing a GPX file to the app here:

Did you follow the same steps, but Gaia GPS did not show as an option?

2) If so, I have a guess at what the cause of this and how to fix it.

We have had a partnership with an app called Theodolite for a while, and recently the Theodolite developer pointed out we had wrongly implemented declaring what types of files Gaia GPS would import, and that this bug was affecting his app, and some users couldn't import, depending on which app they installed first (our or Theodolite). So, we made some changes to fix that for them, but maybe there was a side effect.

If that's the problem, I think you could fix it by deleting/reinstalling the app, and the fact that it works for me corroborates that. I'd suggest you first make sure you are 100% backed up to ( You can look at your data on the website, and if it's all there, you can safely delete/reinstall.

I'm sorry for the issue. If you do delete/reinstall and that works, it'd be good to know that, and maybe we can figure out a way to fix it without making people do that too.


Trailbehind, INC.
48.1 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
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In-App Purchases
  1. GaiaPro $3.99
  2. GaiaPro $5.99
  3. GaiaPro $39.99


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