Your iPhone or iPad becomes a superb GPS receiver with USGS, US Forest Service & Canada topo maps, even where there is no cell signal!

Headed into the wilderness? Buy this app now so you will always know where you've been, where you are & where you’re going. Highest quality track recording, best route navigation & most accurate Estimated Time of Arrival of any available hiking app. No sign-up, ads, subscription or in-app purchase required, making this less expensive & less hassle than the “free” or subscription apps.

Use for hiking, biking, skiing, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching & 4WD exploring. Recommended as the top choice in “Essential Gear for Safe Hiking”.


Record a track as you walk, even in the background. View it on the map. Trip Timer & Odomete.r

Show an elevation graph of your track or a route with altitude data. View date, time & average speed of track points. Measure the area inside a closed path.

Mark waypoints by their position on a topo map or a satellite map, by tapping a geotagged photo, by projecting from a known point or by searching place names. Refine a waypoint position when you arrive.

Set a quick GoTo waypoint or a full route & see the heading, direction, distance, elevation change & Estimated Time of Arrival at your destination & intermediate waypoints along the trail.

Create & edit routes using waypoints or recorded tracks.

Export & Import GPX & KML waypoint, route & track files via eMail, Messages, Copy To, AirDrop, iCloud Drive, Dropbox or iTunes.

Import files using a custom URL scheme.

Send KML files to display immediately in Google Earth.

GPS+Glonass satellites & Barometric Pressure Sensor improve accuracy in challenging terrain & reduce elevation data noise on iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 & later.


USA: Newest (2015) US Forest Service 24K maps.

USGS 24K classic maps for all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands.

USGS 250K & 100K (63K for Alaska) maps for all states.

Canada south of 54° latitude: National Resources Canada 50K maps for Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island, and 18 Canadian National Parks.

Stitches beautiful richly detailed offline topographic map images for seamless coverage across map boundaries.

Includes map legends.

Store up to 750 maps to use in the wilderness without cell service. Maps from our server download faster & use less of your monthly data allotment.

Print & Share map images overlaid with waypoints, routes & tracks.


miles, nautical miles or km. ft or meters

Degrees, Degrees/Minutes, Degrees/Minutes/Seconds or UTM

°True or °Magnetic


Tap Help in the App.

Online Manual on

Twitter: @iHikeGPS

Email developer:


“I am VERY impressed!!!…It pretty much blows…, my previous fave GPS app, out of the water. Your track recording features, fast map downloads, and well thought out interface make it a real winner. It's very sophisticated software, and makes my iPhone just about as good as $600 Garmin… Actually better, in a lot of ways”-John in OR

“Perfect for anyone camping, fishing & hiking, it'll provide great detail when you need it the most…for anyone who takes the great outdoors seriously”-David on

“…thank you for developing IHIKE GPS…what a great product it is. I am impressed!…I use it hiking, biking, skiing & Jeeping”-Ammon in CO


No device requires a cellular data plan to use iHikeGPS.

WiFi+cellular iPad 2 & later, and iPhone 4S & later support full navigation.

WiFi-only iPad 2 & later, and iPod touch (5th gen) & later require an iOS-compatible external GPS receiver to show your location in the wilderness & record tracks. View maps using the iOS device alone.

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

Your dream of hiking adventures reaches new heights with iHikeGPS!

What’s New

Version 8.2.3

Updated for iOS 12.1 and the new iPad Pros.
Paddling waypoint icon added.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
Nobody you know 87 ,

Decent but difficult to manage maps

Most things work well, but it’s quite difficult to manage maps. There’s no way to sort or organize maps, so if you’ve downloaded a large number of maps it’s very difficult to switch maps unless you’ve memorized all the section names.

Here’s what would make this a 5-star app:

1. A “change map” button on the map view that cycles through every downloaded map that covers the currently viewed location without switching tabs.

2. A way to return to the map view from the map list that Doesn’t recenter on your present location. Example: I’m reviewing maps for an area some 20 miles away, but after selecting a different map on the map list, attempting to return to the map view frequently recenters on my actual location, not the area I was previously viewing

3. Filters on the map list. I have dozens of maps spanning multiple states. I have no idea what the names of all the sections are so the search function is useless. I need some way to filter out maps that aren’t in the area I’m interested in.

Developer Response ,

The “change map” feature was added in version 8.2.3, allowing you to switch map type or scale while on the map-viewing screen. Tap the Mark button, choose whether you want your current physical location or the place you are looking at on the map, then tap the New Map New Scale button. If you have already downloaded the map you want, it will be displayed. If not, it will download and then be displayed. The new map will be centered on the same spot, so you won't loose your place.
There actually is a way to sort and organize maps besides just looking for a known quad name. To filter the maps for a certain area using the search function on the map list screen, simply enter the latitude and longitude separated by a space. Use whole numbers (such as 40 105) to see only all of the maps within that 1° x 1° square. Or add a decimal point (such as 39.8 105.5) to see only all of the maps within a 0.1° x 0.1° square.

GulfCoastBotanizer ,

Does everything better than anybody

I have used numerous mobile gps apps, and none comes even close to iHikeGPS. Being able to download topo and forest maps, for free, by WiFi before a trip is great. But if you are stuck on the trail outside your downloaded area, you can still get maps with even a minimal cell signal. The app handles waypoints, tracks and routes with ease, imports and exports gpx and kml format smoothly, and has the best built in help file I have ever seen. And everything can be edited right on the app. It’s all you need for gps.

azurerain ,

Works great!

I have been using this app for years to record gps tracks on the USGS topographic maps. It works wonderfully! I am using my Garmin units less now. You do need to bring along external batteries to power the iPhone gps on a long day trip. My only quibble is that it does not record enough data points for a long bike ride, so you must remember to save your data log every few hours or it will start to overwrite itself without warning when it has reached its maximum number of points.

Developer Response ,

If you enable notifications for iHikeGPS, it will give you a warning when the track log is full.


James Associates Inc.
13.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2018 James Associates Inc.


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