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

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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
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• 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 10.7

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.

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● Fallback map source (shown when main source is not available) has been changed from MapQuest OpenStreetMap to GaiaTopo.
● Show a warning when deleting a map source will delete downloaded maps.
● Fixed a bug that was causing folders to not sync properly when a sync was interrupted due to the app being put in the background.
● Fixed preview icons not loading properly for some map sources.
● Fixed an occasional crash when using Apple Watch to view track stats.
● Editing a previously created waypoint will no longer cause the waypoint name to be changed.


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Customer Reviews

Phone App Good, Website Terrible

I got this app to try using my phone's GPS more effectively while hiking. The app works quite well overall, the only thing I've really noticed is that the compass is way off. It doesn't even seem to agree with the phone compass, so I don't know how it's getting its info. Track recording functions work well also and even though I didn't imagine using this feature much I actually do quite a bit. Not sure how accurate it really is, but that would be the fault of the phone's GPS, not the app.

My real problem is the website. The website would be an amazing tool, a way to organize and plan trips and then have them appear on the phone, except that the website is nearly unusable. It loads incredibly slowly, freezes constantly, and is very limited in the ways you can edit and work with routes that you create. Unfortunately it seems to be easier to create routes on my iPad than on my computer. Shame.

For $20 I'm not disappointed and perhaps a user-friendly and effective website is simply too much to ask at this price point. I'd love to see the company work on the website some and I think they would then have a truly outstanding product.

Reliable, accurate and easy to use

This app has worked very well on my iPhone 6. So far I've used it to plan and/or track about a dozen backpacking and climbing routes in the OR and WA Cascades. It takes some time to create a cross-country route using the website, but the feature has otherwise worked well. I've had mixed results using the "snap to trail" route-creating feature. In low visibility on Clark Mtn (North Cascades), we were able to reach the summit in large part because I had this app. As with many apps, battery usage can be an issue. But I've found that by using Gaia's and Apple's battery-saving tips, I can use the app continuously for about 10 hours and still have about 25% of a charge left. On multi-day trips I always bring a portable battery charger. Overall this app has been well worth the $10 and I haven't had a need for the Pro upgrade. I also highly recommend using the tutorials on the Gaia website. Very helpful and easy to follow.

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.

Gaia GPS: Topo Maps and Trails for Offline Hiking and Camping
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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: 10.7
  • Size: 37.7 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, 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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