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iHikeGPS : USA + SE & SW Canada Topo Maps with Full GPS Navigation

By James Associates Inc.

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Your iPhone or WiFi+Cellular iPad can be a high-performance GPS receiver with both USGS & US Forest Service topo maps! Headed into the wilderness? Buy this app now so you will always know where you are, where you've been, and where you're going. The highest quality track recording, the best route navigation, and the most accurate Estimated Time of Arrival of any available hiking app. No sign up, no ads, no subscription, no in-app purchase required, making this less expensive and higher quality than the “free” apps. Recommended in “Essential Gear for Safe Hiking”.


▶ Record a track. View it on the map. Record in the background

▶ Show an elevation graph of your track or a route with altitude data. View date, time & average speed of track points

▶ Mark waypoints using a convenient button on the map screen or by tapping a geotagged photo. Refine a waypoint position when you arrive

▶ Set a quick GoTo waypoint or a full route and see the heading, direction, horizontal distance, vertical distance & Estimated Time of Arrival

▶ Import & Export GPX waypoint, route & track files via eMail, Messages, Dropbox, Open In, AirDrop or iTunes

▶ Send KML files to display immediately in Google Earth

▶ GPS+Glonass satellites improve accuracy in challenging terrain with iPhone 4S, iPad mini, iPad 3 & later.

▶ Barometric pressure sensor reduces elevation data noise on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2.


▶ USA: 24K USGS & US Forest Service topo maps. The new (2011 or later) Forest Service maps prominently display Forest Service road numbers, making a huge difference for finding your way around the back country

▶ Alberta & British Columbia south of 54° latitude, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island: 50K National Resources Canada topo maps

▶ Stitches beautiful high resolution, detailed topo map images for seamless coverage across map boundaries

▶ Store up to 500 maps to use anytime in the wilderness without cell service. Maps from our server have a shorter download time, use less of your monthly data allotment & use less memory on your iOS device

▶ Print maps overlaid with waypoints, routes & tracks. Share locations & map images using email, Twitter, Facebook, Messages, Photos, Open In, AirDrop or the clipboard.


▶ 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

▶ Follow 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

▶ “GREAT APP! I…am really loving the interface, the maps, and the features you've provided”-Laurie in TX

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

▶ “I just wanted to thank you for developing IHIKEGPS and to tell you what a great product it is. I am impressed!…I use it hiking, biking, skiing and Jeeping”-Ammon in CO


● No device requires a cellular data plan to use iHikeGPS

● iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, and all WiFi+cellular iPads support full navigation

● iPod touch (gen 3 or later) & WiFi-only iPads require an iOS-compatible external GPS receiver to show your location in the wilderness & record tracks. View maps using the iOS device alone

• File sharing via AirDrop & Messages requires iOS 7 or later

● 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 in Version 5.1

▶ Show waypoints along the path on the elevation graphs.
▶ A Direction Indicator extends from the current location marker.
▶ Send a KML file directly for display in Google Earth.
▶ More convenient map downloading.
▶ Updated for iOS 8.3

The latest review implies there is no way to save a track on your device without cell coverage. That is not the case. The track can be saved as a new route at any time. The track can also be emailed where it will stay safely in the Mail outbox until you have an Internet connection.

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Customer Reviews

Superb access to official US maps

This superb app faithfully accesses and displays the official high-res and carefully-stitched scanned US topographic and Forest Service maps, just as if you bought the paper version. The sophisticated user will appreciate these maps as the ones available from, and therefore vetted by, the US Govt. It is not, nor intended to be, an application to find the latest shopping mall by driving. However, noting that mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes seem not to move around very much on human lifetime scales, if you are out avoiding that shopping mall in an area with no signs of human intervention, nothing could be better for getting around, and you won’t mind the lack of frequent map updates of the latest gas stations. It will, of course, enable you to find your car after the day or week or whatever long hike. I wish it were harder to use—I’m kinda jealous of my favorite hiking areas and this app may actually encourage more hiking.

The manual is very nicely sorted so you can figure out what to do to access all the features.

My only gripe is that it should add a display for speed in the GPS coordinates area.

This app rocks!

I use this app for tracking my trips on road or trail, and love that I can transfer to the computer and overlay in google earth also. Plus to be able to bring up downloaded maps without cell or data access is great for the middle of nowhere map reading and trail finding.


Offline design is great. Elevation profile is great. Current location on map is great.

It's easy to choose and download maps.

Improvements to the latest version look great.


I'd like to have the ability to use ihikegps for multi-day hikes, or at least to save multiple tracks locally for when there's no way to save to the web or otherwise share. A short dayhike uses 25% of capacity.

iHikeGPS : USA + SE & SW Canada Topo Maps with Full GPS Navigation
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $7.99
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.1
  • Size: 7.2 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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