Walking through the wilderness is a lot of fun. You get some fresh air, exercise, and some time away from things like the Internet. Technology can’t really help all that much out there. However, there are some apps that you can take along that might help. Many of them are even usable offline in case you’re going way out into the middle of nowhere. Here are the best hiking apps for Android!
1Weather is helpful for planning hikes. It has all of the usual weather features. That includes a weather widget, forecasts, current weather, and a weather radar. It also has a 12-week forecast. That can be very helpful for planning excursions further into the future. All of the features are available for free. The $1.99 just removes ads. It's not what you'd typically think of when it comes to hiking apps. However, many people don't enjoy hiking in inclement weather. Or maybe you want to plan a trip during inclement weather. Whatever floats your boat.
BackCountry Nav is one of the better hiking apps. It features a selection of offline topographical maps. You can use these to brave the great outdoors. It sources its maps from a variety of places. That includes USGS color aerial photography, OpenStreetMaps, NASA landsat data, and more. It supports a variety of countries, including the U.S., Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, and others. You'll want to try the free version before you buy anything. This one is rather expensive.
Compass is kind of a no brainer when it comes to hiking apps. You should always have a compass on you. This app does the trick. It's a simple app because it really is just a compass. It'll show you the direction visually. There is also a degrees measurement for more precise navigation. That's about all this app has to it. There are no ads, no in-app purchases, and the app is free. It's also easy to calibrate. It should also work offline. This one is about as simple and as good as it gets.
A flashlight app is another no-brainer when it comes to hiking apps. Most phones have this functionality already through the Quick Settings. An app is mostly helpful for those who don't have newer devices. This one also comes with the ability to strobe the light. Thus, you can use it for things like an SOS signal if needed. Most flashlight apps will work for this task. However, we liked this one because of its strobe capabilities. It's also free with no in-app purchases. There may be some advertising, though.
Komoot is a planning app. It's for hikers, bikers, and other outdoorsy types. You can check out trails and plan your route through them. It even features turn-by-turn voice instructions. There are offline maps that you can download as well. The app itself is fairly easy to use. You can get your first region for offline use for free just for downloading the app. You can get additional regions for $3.99. They also have an $8.99 region bundle. You can also just purchase everything for about $34.20 as well. It's one of the few hiking apps that plan routes and also don't come with a subscription.
Offline Survival Manual is exactly what the title infers. It's a manual for surviving while lost in the wilderness. However, should that unfortunate event occur, this app is actually amazing. It has info on a bunch of things. That includes basic stuff like tying knots, building a fire, and avoiding poisonous plants. It also has deeper things like psychology tips for stress, procuring food, and surviving various environments and weather conditions. It's free with no ads or in-app purchases. The app is also open source. It's definitely one of the must-have hiking apps. Just in case.
Runkeeper is generally for fitness. However, it can also be one of the more useful hiking apps. One of its many features is the ability to track how far you've gone. You can use this to track your hikes. After all, hiking is excellent exercise. You can also set goals and see your progress. The free version of the app covers the features we've talked about. You can also get a subscription that includes more features like weather insights, workout plans, and other stuff. Either way, it's good to have along.
Knots 3D is an app for tying all kinds of knots. You never know what you'll need to tie and when, right? This one has a variety of knots that you can learn to tie. Additionally, it includes 3D video tutorials for tying those knots. You can watch them, rotate the video to see better, and more. The app also comes with a seven day return policy. That's a bit longer than Google's. There are a bunch of knot tying apps out there. We liked this one for its video tutorials. It's one of the more useful hiking apps you can take with you.
Water Drink Reminder is an app that tells you to drink water. Realistically, any reminder app can work. It can be Google Assistant or your favorite to-do list app. However, this one is for water drinking especially. We can't imagine what other reminders you'd need while hiking. This app graphs how much water you drink. Additionally, you get alarms periodically reminding you to drink more. It'll sync data with Google Fit and S Health as well. It's all totally free to use with advertising. The $1.99 removes the ads. Staying hydrated is important. That makes this one of the better hiking apps.
WikiCamps is a directory for campgrounds and RV parks. A lot of hikers like to have a camp nearby. This app can help you find ones in your area. You can then set up camp and go hiking all day long. Each app in the WikiCamps lineup is for a different region. There are apps currently for the U.S., Canada, U.K., New Zealand, and Australia. It'll even show you if it has RV hookups for sewage, water, electricity, etc. These are good for planning your next outdoor adventure. However, they're practically useless while actually hiking. Good luck!
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