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7 Apps for the Modern Hiker

7 Apps for the Modern Hiker


Do you ever wonder about the plants you find along your journey? With PlantNet, you can take pictures and identify what’s growing around you. Your photographs will help scientists better understand the evolution of plant biodiversity and to better preserve it.


With Cairn, let your friends and family know where you’re starting your hike and when you expect to be back. If you don’t check in, your emergency contacts can track your last known location. The app has crowd-sourced data that lets you know where you might lose cell phone service along your route. This is great to ensure your safety, particularly for those advanced hikes.

Chimani National Parks Guides

Navigate your way through national parks with Chimani National Parks Guides. Read descriptions of points of interests, trails and more. If you lose service throughout your hike, you’ll still have access to all of this information.


Viewranger Skyline

Viewranger makes it easy to identify peaks, points of interest and lakes through your phone’s camera. You’ll be able to see how many miles away these areas are and the built-in map will keep you on the right track.


Mountain Hub is social media for the modern hiker. Users share current conditions of trails, pictures and their hiking experience. You can download the maps, terrain and reported conditions before starting your journey just in case you lose signal along the way.


Easily identify birds during your travels with Audubon. A quick questionnaire will narrow down which bird you likely encountered with pictures and bird calls. If you are on the lookout for a particular species, you can even get notified when it has been spotted nearby.


Use your smart phone to locate constellations instantly. Point your phone’s camera at the sky to leisurely discover the stars above you or use the search function to quickly locate specific stars. A fun app for the kids and adults!


Happy Hiking!

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