MotionX GPS was one of the most popular software available for iOS facilitating the user by providing services of navigations. This application converts an iPhone into a live GPS tracker and helps the user to live track himself and avoid being lost in unknown locations and trails. This application allows the user to record his own trails or he can watch other people’s recorded trails for directions and instruction for their upcoming trip.
This application also provides many features like file-based maps, live tracking, and picture representation of a particular place. The file-based maps functionality allows the user to save the updated maps on an SD card for offline use without any internet connection requirement. It helps the user to track their running, swimming, cycling, or driving on any of the terrains including mountains, rivers, and dunes. This was a paid application provided to iOS users to enhance their trails experience and exploration. The user can also share his experience in the community provided just for contribution to help the people out there.
Wikiloc Outdoor Navigation GPS is one of the most popular outdoor trail applications available for many platforms. It helps the user in navigation well-known as well as unknown places by providing updated live maps and other features. It is an all-in-one application available for Android and iOS both for users all around the globe facilitating them by offering features like Availability of millions of trails, recording of own trails, new trails available, live tracking, downloading of maps, and other data easily on SD card, sharing the experience with the community.
This platform also allows the user to decide where to go by recommending him the best and most visited places around his location. Also by showing the pictures of particular places with a full description, it lets the user decide what will be his next destination. There is a community for this application user provided for best learning from each other’s experiences teach the people everything they need to know about a certain place.
Hiking Project is a complete community for planning and getting help in any of the outdoor activity including hiking, swimming, running, driving, cycling, and many more. It helps the user by providing features like live navigation, downloadable maps, location updates, location recommendations, sharing the experience with the community, and so on. It is a perfect application covering all the requirements the user has to make his next trial/outdoor project rememberable.
It has a complete community for everyone to get updates of what’s going on around the globe or in specific areas of the world including the weather conditions, the availability of basic stuff like water/food, etc., the condition of roads, and so on. In other words, it updates all of its users about everything they need to know. All the information as well as the high-quality images including enough description are also provided on this platform, making it one of the most trusted hiking applications nowadays.
Fantasy Hike is a free-to-use iOS application that allows the user to make a habit of walking, running, or hiking by providing him detailed data of his walking. For motivation, it also provides the data of competitors who are also using this application. It keeps the track of the user how much he walked last time also displays the current situation and figures to help him out to calculate the improvement or deterioration in his task.
This application thoroughly records the trails and tells the live distance covered as well as the health condition of the user including Blood Pressure and heartbeat. It provides a daily statistics chart for the user to see if he is improving or not. As mentioned above, it is available for iOS so it syncs the data from Apple Watch for accuracy. This is a Health-related application being used by thousands of users worldwide. It can be downloaded from App Store.
Visorando is a perfect application available for iOS and Android both providing its users the facility to easily navigate themselves or their friends on Mobile phones. It provides some unique feature that differentiates it from its competitors like a perfect community to discuss and share experience, a photo gallery with a full description for everyone to get inspired, covering Italy, France, Switzerland, Ireland, Madeira, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
All of these areas are also categorized by cities which provides the user convenience to locate a specific area/location. It also describes the difficulty level of a trail along with the time consumption of traveling, to let the user decide to choose the hiking route according to his abilities. The website of this platform is also available for vast experience. It is a complete application that turns the phone into a GPS tracker allowing the user to conveniently keep a record of everywhere he visits.
Trekarta is an Open Source application specially developed for the Android platform which facilitates the user by providing updated offline maps. All the maps provided here include many modes and options which help the user to predict the traffic conditions, weather circumstances, road situation, and so on. Different modes of maps provided in the application include the satellite view, traffic-based view, cycling mode, terrain, and the transport-based view which describes the user’s complete situation of a particular place.
It also predicts the estimated travel time to give an idea to the user. The open-source availability of this application makes it more useable for everyone. This application also allows the user to pin location on the offline map provided for their own convenience. Moreover, the user can add notes/comments about a particular location to help the community to understand that place. It is a paid application and is available on Google PlayStore.
Topo Maps+ is an iOS application that can be downloaded for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. It is a single platform that provides many navigation and map facilities to its users. It is not a map provider by itself, actually, it’s just a platform that contains many other map provider services, so the user can get all of them in a single place without switching applications. It provides unique features, the availability of many map services is one of them.
Some other features include planning tools, on-trail tools, navigation mindset, offline trails, apple watch compatibility, live GPS tracking, high-resolution maps, Photos with the complete description, proximity alerts, public/private and hunting land boundaries, and smart route building tools. All of these features can be easily accessed from any of the devices including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Walkmeter is a Multi-device supported application available worldwide in different languages which help users to navigate processes with the help of maps and other related tools. It is available on Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch as well as on Android Tablet and Phones. It includes awesome features like tracking, training, hearing, racing, planning, analytical reporting, exploring places around, and sharing the experiences with the world in provided community.
This is a great application and all of these features can be accessed on one platform. Moreover, the user is allowed to import or export the files of his tracks in GPX format. That file can be saved, modified, or shared among friends. It is the most advanced application that can be helpful while cycling, swimming, running, hiking, or walking. This application comes with a powerful but clean user interface including the services like stats view, maps, graphs, calendar, summaries, and splits.
Hiking with Geeks is a dedicated community for travelers providing the users a single platform for all the information required for the next tour/trip. It is a medium-sized community where everyone can join and contribute their experiences about hiking, swimming, cycling, walking, running, camping, or any other outdoor activity. Here on this platform hundreds of High-resolution images with detailed descriptions covering many regions of the world are available.
Also, many articles explaining the scenarios and situations which can possibly occur in a particular area of a country, are also published. It is a simple to use, clean community without any type of bulky interface or animations which can be conveniently used by any person even a layman. Here everyone from the community can share images, write articles or suggest edits in these articles for the convenience of mankind and spreading the information. It is a great platform for those who love nature and explore it.
Plotaroute is a Web-based tool provided for the users to allow them easily plan their next trip/tour having a keen eye on every single possible situation that can occur at that time and place including the Weather, traffic situation, road conditions, travel time as well as expense. It is a complete application that provides detailed information after analyzing the real-time conditions of a particular location or site.
Describing with the help of images and a complete map provides all the data to the user to decide the tour after observing it. Once the tour is started, it also helps the user in the navigation process by providing high-quality and updated live and offline Maps. It is a cloud-based tool so no installation is required and it can be easily accessed from any device including Mobile phones, tablets, and PCs. The user can also contribute to the data pool of this community by uploading their routes, experiences, and images along with the information to help others.
Outdooractive is a cloud-based platform that allows the user to get information, images, description, experiences and finally plan their route in any region of the world. It is a great application available on almost all the platforms including iPhones, Android as well as Web-based to facilitate the user by providing features including access to over 1 Million premium routes, safe travel, countryside safety, and availability of basic stuff like food and water, etc.
This platform can be used for getting help and authentic information for hiking, mountain biking, trail running, road cycling, Kayaking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and alpine climbing. All of these services can be availed on one platform just by downloading and having a subscription to this application. The company has launched two plans, they are pro and pro+, depending on the services, their price varies. This application covers almost all the countries and regions of the world.
GPSBabel is an Open Source Multi-Platform supported tool that can help the user to navigate himself and all the persons having a GPS tracker with themselves. It also allows the user to download updated maps for offline use but for that purpose, it’s the user’s responsibility to keep updating the maps after some time when the internet is available to get the latest conditions of weather, traffic, and roads. It is a completely free software being used by thousands of users on daily basis.
The community of its users is also very helpful in order to find some information or data related to a specific event, location, or region. Some of the users might not like the interface provided here, it looks a bit older when compared to other application competitors. It is available for Linux, macOS as well as Windows.This application turns the device into a GPS tracker and helps the user in tracking and navigating himself on a map.
Funliday is one of the most popular multi-platform applications that provides the facility to users by offering tour planning and live navigation. This application provides a community for the users to interact with each other and share their experiences. On this platform, the user can plan the next tour as well as get inspiration and new innovative ideas from others by following watching their shared posts with a detailed description.
This platform is available on all devices including Android, iOS, and Web-based systems for the user’s convenience. The user can interact with each other in order to share and learn from them. It covers all the regions of the world, providing all the related information and data for the user to understand the conditions even before actually going there. This feature helps users a lot when they can’t decide which place will be suitable for them.
BikeGPX is a multi-platform supported application for tracking and navigating fixed-route rides. It is a small and easy to use application available for iOS and Android both facilitating the user through providing an online as well as offline maps, drop-pin feature, GPX file support, importing/exporting the information files to storage, integrity with other applications like Google Trips and sharp turn alarms notifications.
All of these services and features are completely free of cost provided for the user to increase their experience so they can continue exploring. It actually fetches the data from Google APIs for the user and shows the live location of the rider continuously. This is a great tool for the Bike riders inside the cities as well as outside the cities in dunes and mountains. It indicates the current speed, Heart rate, time, estimated arrival time, and the traffic condition on the map also.
AlpineQuest is a perfect application software available for the Android Operating system which helps the user in all the outdoor activities. It covers all the requirements of a user planning to perform any outdoor activity including hiking, swimming, trailing, hunting, sailing, off-road, geocaching, and running. It facilitates the user by providing tips/recommendations, with complete access to updated and live maps. This application is available only for Android but it also reportedly works well on LineageOS.
It provides a complete range of various features which helps the user in their own way including file-based maps (Online/offline), updated routes, landmarks, online waypoints with full GPX support, advanced SD-card explorer, handling complex landmarks conveniently, complete off-road navigation, GPS location tracker, target finder, location history availability, KML export of complete track, On-map localization, Customizable GPS status board, compass and the ability to store and share online locations. All of these functions can be accessed by downloading the Android Application from PlayStore.