6 Free Hiking Apps

6 Free Hiking Apps

Today is the day to talk about free apps for trails. At the end of the day I'm going to talk about 6 apps, but I strongly recommend that you download all of them (after all, you don't pay anything for that), test your tracks and get what you like best.

My Tracks

I believe that the My Tracks app is one of the most reliable free apps for trails and is the one I have been using (and that's why I recommend it). It will have the main features that most apps have:

  • GPS functionality
  • Track recording
  • Synchronization with Google platforms (Drive, Fit, Earth)
  • Graphics
  • Statistics
  • Sharing

Although the images are in English, the application has the translated version, entirely in Portuguese. Simple to use and reliable (at least with me).


What I find most cool about Wikiloc (although I don't use it in my daily life) is the fact that it has several members. There are more than 1,300,000 members, who have already shared more than 3 million tracks and 5 million photos.

If you are a fan of sharing, you can find a good international community in this app. In the application you can record your track, view recorded tracks, observe destinations and adjust items such as a compass, GPS accuracy, among other items.

Orux Maps

This is another one that has several features and you will use it to the detriment of the others depending on your taste. It is worth doing a test and see all the possibilities.

See a little of what the OruxMaps screen looks like:

GPS Essentials

This is perhaps one of the coolest (and confusing) trail apps I've ever seen. It has several features and the coolest thing in my opinion is the possibility that it gives you to create dashboards. Although it gets a little confusing at times, you can view data such as latitude, longitude, speeds, number of satellites, mark waypoints, record tracklogs, view graphs and more. There is also the possibility to export the data to KML or GPX.

All Trails

Despite being a typical American application (and because of that in English), it has its value. You can get on well with him and record his tracks. With this you will have a sense of the time it took to do, you will be able to see the entire route traveled and even save your route.

For example, you will find on this app the famous Inca trails that are leading to the amazing Machu Picchu in Cuzco, Peru.

Now, let's see some exclusive apps for those who are from Rio:

Carioca trails

Trilhas was conceived by E-Trilhas in partnership with RioTur and manages to achieve a very interesting objective of publicizing the main trails  in Rio de Janeiro   by areas.

For each track you will find texts on what to see, what to do and what to know. Despite not being super explanatory or showing precise maps, it gives you a good idea of ​​where each trail is and the main attractions of them.

Rio Trails

This is a very simple and cool application. After downloading you will have a list of about 30 tracks you can do in Rio de Janeiro:

For each of these trails you will be able to see photos, comments, level of difficulty of the trail, average duration, altitude and other cool details as you can see in the image below:

Free hiking apps, which one do you use?

I hope you enjoyed our list of app suggestions. If you use any other app, tell us what it is and what advantages you see in it!

Frequently Asked Questions

What functionalities do free hiking apps typically offer, and how can they enhance the hiking experience?
Free hiking apps typically offer functionalities like trail maps, GPS navigation, difficulty ratings, user reviews, and sometimes, offline access. They enhance the hiking experience by providing valuable information, ensuring safety, and helping hikers find trails that match their skill level and interests.

Comments (3)

 2016-11-24 -  Pedro Víctor Melo
I'm using Strava. But it is not essential for trails. It has similar things like sharing, recording the route, recording speed, distance, running or cycling time and even various statistics. Anyway congratulations on the post! I was looking for something more focused on trails. Strava is kind of a social network. Not quite what I was looking for, since I wanted something simpler.
 2016-11-25 -  Rafael
@Pedro Víctor Melo. Speak Pedro! Thanks for the message, I hope that some of those listed here in the post are simpler and help you. Then I'm going to take a look at Stava to get to know it.
 2017-02-07 -  Pai Mei
Using the Rio Trilhas and Trilhas Cariocas apps can be free. Priceless. But while the person is distracted looking at the tourist routes on the trails in Rio de Janeiro and walking on the streets of Rio or even on the trails, he can certainly 93.98% say goodbye to his cell phones, and with a 50% chance to your life!

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