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[Q] Anybody know what is the best Offline GPS app for Hiking?

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By justinblaine23, Senior Member on 15th March 2012, 09:32 AM
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I have looked through google and parts of this forum but haven't really had any luck on finding an app that will show coordinates when you're offline. I know there are apps where you can download a map and store it on your SD card, but I like to hike in Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho where there aren't really any options to get the maps digitally.

I was wondering if anyone knew of an app that allowed you to enter coordinates to navigate there or to have it save your current coordinates so you could return there.

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15th March 2012, 02:36 PM |#2  
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Did you check out Locus and Maverick from the Android Apps and Games forum? If they are good, maybe come back and do a mini-review? I'd be interested in setting up something similar on my phone.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=907430
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1524092
15th March 2012, 03:58 PM |#3  
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OSMAnd might also be useful - if your hiking trails are in OSM.

However OSMAnd doesn't do offline terrain/topo.
15th March 2012, 07:10 PM |#4  
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OSMAnd might also be useful - if your hiking trails are in OSM.

However OSMAnd doesn't do offline terrain/topo.

Thanks, IDK I'll have a physical topo map so I don't necessarily need topo, I'll check it out. I'm more concerned about the Lat/Long Coordinates to make sure I can get back to my car...It's hours away from even remote towns and I don't want to get lost!

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Did you check out Locus and Maverick from the Android Apps and Games forum? If they are good, maybe come back and do a mini-review? I'd be interested in setting up something similar on my phone.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=907430
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1524092

I'll check them out and post back if I find useful, I did download maverick and it looks like it allows you to navigate to coordinates. I also downloaded the free version of backpacker GPS Trails and it's pretty good as well, It even has a map which includes one of the hikes I'm interested in. I'll update in a few weeks after I've had some time to try them out around town...

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15th March 2012, 07:19 PM |#5  
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Gaia GPS is nice. You can predownload maps and record and save your hikes, then post them with google maps.
15th March 2012, 08:29 PM |#6  
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Gaia GPS is nice. You can predownload maps and record and save your hikes, then post them with google maps.

Cool Thanks, I'll mess around with the map making first then I might have to check Gaia out..you think it's worth the $10?
16th March 2012, 04:46 AM |#7  
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There's AllTrails, Backpacker GPS Trails Lite, and MyTracks too!


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Cool Thanks, I'll mess around with the map making first then I might have to check Gaia out..you think it's worth the $10?

16th March 2012, 11:42 PM |#8  
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There's AllTrails, Backpacker GPS Trails Lite, and MyTracks too!

I've used My Tracks to record bike rides, and the only issue I've had with it is that I always seem to start off about 200-400 ft below sea level. I can usually get GPS Test app to settle down to something close to actual altitude, but My Tracks never does even if I let it sit for 5 minutes outside with a clear view of the sky before I start recording the ride. According to the GPS Status app web site, this is the way the GPS works on Android.
21st March 2012, 04:40 AM |#9  
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I swear by Locus Pro, personally. There's a "map tweak" add-on available that allows you to view and download from Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. plus they have up-to-date My Topo maps. Whenever I'm heading out, I download the entire area down to the highest zoom level, in Google terrain maps and My Topo maps, and maybe satellite if I'm feeling like I might want it (though those tiles are a lot larger than the rest). It even interfaces with My Tracks if you want to use that to record your route instead of the built-in tracker.
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I've used Gaia GPS several times in the past hiking around the Rockies and it's been great. No issues at all. I'm not sure that it's the best, but it's worked well for me.
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My fav is Oruxmaps. You can use mobile atlas creator to create offline maps from either windows/mac/linux. It's java based.
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