Take the entire guidebook on your hike with Guthook Guides! Whether you are planning a thru-hike or a weekend walk in the woods, Guthook Guides has you covered with detailed maps showing your exact GPS location, thousands of miles of trail routes, and over 10,000 waypoint details for major hikes and treks across the US and around the world.
If you’re looking for the popular Guthook Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and other guides previously in separate apps, they can all be found right here! We have dozens of guides available for everything from major thru-hikes to local weekend hikes.
See full trail availability in the trail selector in-app.
—Detailed maps including GPS location, detailed routes, and waypoints
—Elevation profile view with GPS and key features
—Custom route creator to plan your trip
—Multiple background map choices
—Waypoints are plotted on the main trail, approach trails, and side trails
—Water sources, shelters, camp sites, road crossings, trailheads, viewpoints, peaks, and much more
—Town details including accommodation, restaurants, resupply, laundry, other services, historical sites
U.S. National Scenic Trails:
—Pacific Crest Trail
—Continental Divide Trail - The official app of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition
—Arizona Trail - The official app of the Arizona Trail Association
—The Florida Trail - In collaboration with Florida Hikes
—Ice Age Trail - The official app of the Ice Age Trail Alliance
U.S. Regional Trails:
—The John Muir Trail (through Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks)
—The Colorado Trail - The official app of The Colorado Trail Foundation (from Denver to Durango)
—The Wonderland Trail — In partnership with Tami Asars (in Mt Rainier National Park)
—Tahoe Rim Trail (around Lake Tahoe)
—The Long Trail (Vermont)
—The White Mountains (New Hampshire and Maine)
—Baxter State Park (Maine)
-The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway (New Hampshire)
—Acadia National Park (Maine)
—Mount Whitney Trail (to the highest point in California)
—San Jacinto Trail system
—Arkansas trails: Ouachita Trail, Buffalo River Trail, Eagle Rock Loop
-Many State Parks and mountain areas across New England
—Camino Frances (St James' Way in Spain)
—Te Araroa (New Zealand's National Hiking Trail)
—Great Divide Trail - The official app of the Great Divide Trail
—British Walking Guides including West Highland Way, South Downs Way, and Ridgeway
-Just one teeny-tiny bug fix for this round. Bigger updates planned for later!
Ratings and Reviews
AT Thru-Hike (2015)
I thru-hiked the AT in 2015 which turned out to be the most amazing experience of my life and I did it with the Guthook App. I cannot recommend it enough for anyone planning to thru, section, or simply car camp the Appalachian trail. In my opinion, this goes on the list of "Don't leave home without it."
The AT, at least when I hiked it, was 2,189.2 miles from Springer to Katahdin. Frankly, if you get lost on the AT, you probably don't belong there. So the value of the Guthook App isn't navigation. The reasons I found it to be most useful was to alert me to the elevation that was ahead, distance to shelters and water sources, and road crossings that would take me into trail towns to resupply.
I used the Guthook App daily, but I also took along the AWOL AT Guide. I used this to a lesser extent, but I found it equally important. The AWOL guide is an invaluable resource for services along the trail (e.g., shuttles) and in trail towns (e.g., Post Office hours, lodging, etc.)
I hope this helps and best wishes on your hike.
"Today I begin a new trail in my life. A fresh start. A new beginning. Today I step off the rock at Springer to be transformed because I trust that it is only impossible dreams of this magnitude that will give birth to the type of change I covet." (April 1, 2015)
AT Section Hike Essential
Using this app exclusively, I’ve now section hiked three states on the Appalachian trail. During planning, it’s helped me visualize every single day - down to the minute, mileage, elevation and water stop. When I’ve gone off-trail, it’s pointed me in the right direction, and when I’m tired it’s been my motivation, knowing exactly how many miles there are to the next waypoint. It’s also kept me safe because I know exactly where water, shelter, and towns are, and it’s reliable as ever. I even had momentary issues with the app, and the creator himself was writing me, making updates, and genuinely wanted to help. I carry a back-up map of course, but this app is truly all you need to get out and hike.
Great Asset on the Trail
I'm a former troglodyte and a late adopter of technology. I've loved maps since I was a child, and I know how to read a map and use a compass. (I spent a dozen years in the Coast Guard and half of my career was at sea. I was a Quartermaster - I really know how to navigate with a map.) But I rode to the trailhead in a horseless carriage, and I'm carrying a pack made from nylon, not cotton. Rejecting technology on principle is silly.
I'm using the app to hike sections of the PCT in Washington as time allows. This app is awesome! I love the ability to look at the elevation profile between two points along the trail. That makes planning my day's route much simpler. I also love the comments. It's nice to know that someone passing a seasonal spring two days ago was able to get water if that's a spring I'm hoping to get water from myself, and it's nice reading about where there are good hammock sites.
I have another app on my phone that allows me to download the USGS 7.5 maps. The two together are an excellent combination.
Why four stars instead of five? If the app showed the topo lines in the background and let me "flip flop" it so it's set up for southbound travel, I'd give it five stars.
Hi HillSlug. Thanks so much for the very thorough review! We really appreciate it, and also that you're carrying backup navigation just in case ;-)
As for the two features you're requesting, try this:
1- Press the Menu button on the main screen, then choose Settings. There is a Northbound/Southbound switch in there.
2- Also in the Menu, choose File Manager. You can download topo maps to display in the background of the trail map from there.
If you have any further questions or comments, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In-App PurchasesSee All
- Atlas Guides LLC
- 82.7 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2017 Guthook Hikes, LLC
- In-App Purchases
- AT Section 1: GA/NC $8.99
- Guthook's Appalachian Trail $59.99
- AT Section 5: PA & MD $8.99
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