Hiiker is an app designed by members of the outdoor community to help users discover, plan, and navigate their outdoor adventures. The app has a growing database with thousands of trails from across the globe (including over 600 in the United States).
The app has everything from day hikes and nature walks to long-distance trails like the Camino de Santiago and the Tour du Mont Blanc. Data in the app is sourced from various databases, but what makes Hiiker special is that it also relies on crowdsourced data to populate trails within the app.
This means that as a user, you can not only see the campsites, water sources, shelters, hotels, transportation hubs, and other data points provided within the app, but you can provide your own suggestions, edits, comments, or reviews of individual data points on any given trail (or the trail itself).
In addition to their iOS and Android apps, Hiiker also has a browser-based platform for finding and exploring new trails. Traveling to a new city, state, or country and looking for great opportunities to get outside and explore? I've literally spent hours zooming in and out of Hiiker's map on their Explore page.
I've found it perfect for finding new and lesser-known trails locally and abroad. Finding trails, particularly long-distance trails, abroad (especially in a country where you don't speak the language) can be difficult. Hiiker makes it easy to discover new trails around the world. And then once you find a trail you want to hit, you've got maps, a GPX, and waypoints ready for you in the app.
They've got a growing community of over 100k users contributing to the platform right now.
Hiiker is free to download. When using the free version of the app, you can explore the available trails and view the stats, maps, and elevation profiles for each, but if you're really going to commit to using Hiiker, it would be wise to check out their Pro Subscription. This includes:
- Accommodation information
- Custom trail maps
- Unlimited printed maps
- Access to every trail (and all maps)
- Premium support with live chat
- GPX download option
- No ads
- Pro elevation profile