Love This App!! 4/5
Because the included Gaiagps Topo map is a vector map, it is incredibly fast. It is also very accurate and highly detailed. This feature alone should be enough to choose this app over other options.
Request: When creating a route in straight line mode, the addition of the route heading would be incredibly helpful. Currently only the bearing from your current location to the selected route point is shown.
Thank you for a really wonderful app!
The best GPS App 5/5
If you do anything that requires maps and GPS location, use this app.
Sportsman take notice! Beats OnX 5/5
By Robin Folger
Are you looking for an alternative to the high cost of OnX? Look no further- serious hunter and fisherman, this has all the same maps and details, and consistently prices to be a winner offline. Plan, track, find private owners, weather mapping, burn maps, it’s got it all. For the serious hunter, it’s the tool you can’t do without.
Best GPS Mapping App. Period. 5/5
I use Gaia GPS every time I go kayaking, and use it to log my trips. It’s an awesome way to keep track of my miles, pace, and speed, and also find my take-out points! Couldn’t ask for a better app!
Gia Maps 5/5
By Maverick ryder
Highly recommended Gia maps very easy to use.
Great app 5/5
By Thunder Butt
Ok so here’s my take, if you need to just know where you are on a map the free version does that wonderfully. I haven’t tried the paid version so I can’t say much about it but the benefits seem to be worth it.
Cons because I like getting this out of the way:
- needs a tutorial when you first stat it up, it’s feature rich but you have to figure it out. There’s a few tutorials on YouTube but that’s it. Set it up and learn it before you leave your house!
- the default settings seem a bit backwards. It’s hard to explain(I can’t because I forgot what I did) but you’ll have to play with the map/compass settings till you get it to suit you.
- Trails don’t have distance indicators, you have to set waypoints and a course ahead of time to get that. Distance and waypoints are done for you on AllTrails but it’s crowdsourced so I’m not surprised. Still though it’d be nice if I knew that taking a detour to see something would be X distance away rather than trying to change waypoints on my phone for a hypothetical.
- weather maps are 24 hour forecast, I used weather bug to see where a storm was currently and decided to head out early. Access to Doppler would be a fantastic feature but even maps with weather forecasts are for subscribers.
- works fine offline, I set my phone to airplane mode(as you should to save battery) and had zero issues. AllTrails doesn’t allow this, you have to be online first then you can go offline. If I’m lost with no signal how is this helpful? Gaia has your back.
- Customer support is stupid quick, I messaged them on Insta and got help quickly.
- user suggested trails and photos, I love knowing ahead of time if a scenic spot is worth trekking 5 miles to see.
- it’s seriously feature rich and customizable!
Privacy and folders are bad 3/5
By Warren MacEvoy
Want to make sure everyone on the planet knows where your secret fishing hole is? Keeping data private is like not walking on trip wires at night. They just want your data.
Want to organize your waypoints once your at a comfy computer screen? Play the “how many times can you click” game as you painfully move every single waypoint into a folder.
Want to export to your data with notes and pictures? Well who really wants that to be easy....
I really do like the basics of this app; but working wit
By Ravin' mad
Pros: Love the topos and offline/cell capabilities.
Cons: Elevation data is inaccurate compared to GPS Kit app & Garmin 62s. Graph is often clipped at top. Even when it isn’t, studying the graph shows more elevation gain than the corresponding data produced. Haven’t discovered how to drop a waypoint if that is possible. Prefer to edit hikes on a lap top to review data and create a track with waypoints to be used in future.
Conclusion: still evaluating for usefulness for navigating hikes.
Gaia GPS Works Best 5/5
By Wyoming Man
Thank you for continuing to improve Gaia GPS. You have justified my faith as a 5 year premium subscriber.
I would like more categories for tracks/routes/maps. 1. Walking along pathways is very popular now. 2. ATV/UTV trails are often different from dirt bikes. Canoeing/kayaking.
Sorting views/maps) by size (MB), would be useful.
Please keep up the good work!
Ideal for aspiring backcountry climbers 5/5
Have been using this fantastic app along with a solar panel for multi day trips in the PNW with no problems for over a year now. From remote down river trips where missing beaches would have ruined the day to trying to rediscover a remote boulder, Gaia’s functions have been simply and have not failed me once. I only wish I could purchase a lifelong item vs the subscription service!
Life Saver! 5/5
By Alex Cast
Thank you Gaia GPS!!!
The ONLY Choice 5/5
Gaia is one of those unicorn apps that renders all competing products utterly useless. Now, with the proliferation of waterproof phones, even a handheld, standalone GPS unit from the traditional manufacturers are silly in comparison. Gaia is fast, easy to navigate and continuously improves in their product. They have tracking capability but also trail auto-routing in some cases. I use this app almost every day and I’m amazed at the small features and capabilities I confuse finding. Their mapping overlays are incredible both in detail and selection. Using the overlays one can find any number of unique areas or special, hidden locations. With a product like Gaia I wonder why any other GPS/mapping solution even exists.. Keep up the good work guys!
Horrible to navigate 1/5
This app is no good. I thought after paying 20$ I would get more features but after paying for the 20$ membership it removed 5 layers from the maps I had available and now I can only view 2 map layers and it won’t let me add the old layers back. So I paid 20$ to lose features and maps with no response from support. Spend your money elsewhere
Excellent product and support 5/5
I’ve been hiking and using gps devices for years. Without a doubt GAIA is excellent, easy to use and best of all, excellent support. Do nit hesitate to try and buy.
This app doesn't work! Apple watch works much better.
Incredible GPS 5/5
UPDATE: I only had one suggestion in my original review and it turns out the developer already fixed it in the most recent update. I would give this app more than 5 stars if I could!
I’ve tried a lot of GPS apps and this is hands -down the best one I’ve ever found for backcountry use. The only improvement I’d suggest is adding the option to ignore the phone’s dark mode setting. I much prefer the iOS interface in dark mode but find the dark Gaia map pretty difficult to read in most circumstances.
Latest version is buggy 3/5
It completely freezes on my iPhone 11pro when I try to download a trail from the Discover choice. Which is a bummer cuz otherwise I love this app.
Difficult, like it wants to prevent you from using it 1/5
Obtuse, awkward, counterproductive. I would never in a million years use this app if I had any choice.
I really like the look and how easy it is to use. But the app crashes very frequently. Placing waypoints is a bit tricky. If you don’t have it exactly on the trail it just draws a straight line.
It’s pretty good, but has its quirks 4/5
I’ve used this app for navigation and data collection on a few projects as a field biologist. It’s got a lot of good points, but also could use some improvements. The good: overall it’s intuitive to use , especially the data collection. I love how easy it is to organize data in folders (except that you can’t remove a subfolder once you’ve put it in one). The graphics choices are very good. Importing and exporting files is also easy. It does kill my battery, but I expected that. My biggest complaint is that using a ruler to measure distance is annoying. You have to to into a menu and create a route. But this only allows you to measure between you and another point. In my opinion, one of the most important features of a navigation device is measuring distance! I would love to have the ruler as a tab by itself and that could be used to measure arbitrary points. Also, some of the base maps are old. Really old. One map I was using was at least 7 years old. And this is for the subscription version. Some of my coworkers wished that they’d stayed with the free version and felt that the paid upgrade wasn’t worth it. Once my subscription run out, I may try it with the free version to see if I like it.
Great GPS Map Application 4/5
This is absolutely a phenomenal app. Awesome features, map detail, available customizations that the user can make, and has a great yearly membership fee of $39.99 for the Premium level account.
I like the go out into the wilderness and off the beaten tracks a lot. The biggest issue I have with this app is, it eats my iPhone’s battery down double that of what Google Maps does. This would be a HUGE issue if I used this application as much as I did my primary Garmin hiking GPS. Luckily, I only rely on this application occasionally to see where I am at and what’s around me. I will compare it to my primary map and hiking GPS to get a better idea of the lay of the land around me.
Best by far...still 5/5
This has been my backcountry navigation app for years in the Rockies. More and more friends of mine are using it now and although we all try other ones, this is still the gold standard for me. The ability to turn it on and see where I am on both the USGS 7.5 min map and a satellite image, with blending of the two images, is awesome! That is a Premium tool... well worth it. I use it for both on trail and off trail navigation and planning to find and get to high country meadow fishing spots. This is also an excellent hunting tool: I plan my deer hunts with it. It is great for figuring out new hunting camp lands... especially because the imagery shows new timber cut areas so well on the topo overlays. (Also, they finally got the detailed NOAA chart of upper Mobile Bay, where I boat, on the premium so now I’m using it more in my boat. Thanks)
By 828 Runner
I use this app while running/hiking. It works great when you pre-load a .gpx track of your intended route, so you can always make sure you are on track. I also use it when I haven’t pre-loaded a route but am unsure of which direction to take at an intersection and just need a second look at a map. The accuracy in pinpointing your current location is incredible. I feel much more confident in the back country knowing that I have this app at hand.
In-app disable night mode 4/5
PLEASE, allow us to disable night mode inside the app. It’s rendering many map layers useless! CarPlay integration is really nice to have. After some more testing, I’m confident that I’ll eventually be able to retire my iPad as far as Jeep navigation goes.
Mostly good 4/5
By Lk 7556
Very good app, however the mountain top elevations on the Gaia topo maps are very inaccurate. I’d estimate nearly 1/2 of them in the eastern Sierra are wrong. I don’t understand how this happens. They don’t change particularly fast.
Also, the app uses battery pretty quickly when recording a route. A day hike is okay but I can’t see it being a useful feature for backpacking.
Works great, CarPlay now! 5/5
Works great! Able to download maps and routes. Now has CarPlay support.
My Friends said I had to get it 5/5
After using this app you can see why they said to. You will enjoy it.
It just gets better 5/5
I invested in this application a while back by getting the yearly premium subscription, it’s totally worth it! I use this app for off roading purposes and now there is CarPlay support I can go off roading and see the trail I’m DIRECTLY on inside my cars own head unit! This is a must have app.
I hope to see continues car play integration!
The map app you need for rural living 5/5
GAIA GPS is the map you need for off road navigation (hiking or driving) when you live in rural western Colorado and you are surrounded by public lands and use MVUM to explore. Now with dark mode and CarPlay, my Jeep TJ can negotiate anywhere!
This is the only outdoor/GPS app, period. 5/5
By Nics Tunes
It’s the only app that allows you to create a route that has smart linking (or whatever it’s called) , which allows you to choose whether you’re hiking or driving off road and only put dots along the route and the app lays the route over existing hike trails or 4x4 roads .... what!? That’s it, that’s the deal breaker, I don’t use any other app just because of that. But then add the insane bank of maps available to use and use together with blending options and such, there alone also puts this app above all others. Combine these two features and they’re light years ahead of any other. But wait, now they added CarPlay support !!?? Foggetaboutit!!
My go to for anything outdoors. 5/5
By a ninja muffin
Walking, hiking, off-roading, and recording all of that. Gaia has been one of the most important items I make sure to have with me.
I pay for the membership to be able to download maps. Going out of cell service about twice a month to camp, hike, off-road, the app gives me the confidence to go farther, knowing that I can find my way back.
I use it on my iPhone, iPad, and occasionally on my Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch app is okay but clunky. The map page is, for all intents and purposes, useless. Its load time will take longer than you’d ever want to keep holding your arm up. I would for it to work faster, however, I’m not sure what I could do to improve it.
Off-roading use 4/5
I have used this app for 4 years now for off roading and overall it is a great app. I’m only giving it 4 stars right now because i would like to see a setting that lets you see the map in track up position full time. In all fairness the app does let you do this somewhat but as soon as you touch the screen to move the map or zoom in or out, it turns the feature off. There should be a way to set the app in this mode and leave it there until you want to turn it off. I know this has been requested multiple times but the developers ignore the request. I would think this would be simple to do and if they want to capture the off road market it would be a key feature people would want.
How Can This Be? 1/5
I seriously question the high ratings of this app. I have used Gaia’s online interface to search for trails and then loaded them on my phone with their iOS app only to find that the ascent information and elevation profiles are completely different. Some were incorrect by almost 30% for the exact same trail.
Also, when will your app be enabled with the feature which allows tapping on an elevation profile to show the point on the map? Most other trail apps have been provide if this useful feature for several years as does your web interface.
Free version map is from “18th” century after recent update. 1/5
By User 12345667
After a recent update the map in free version of the app was downgraded to a map from the 60s that literally is missing a major freeway where I live.
Will change this review once the free version map is restored to a version from a month ago.
Meantime will be using TopoMaps+
My go to App for outdoors 5/5
By Joe ninja
When I first got this paid a lot and was worth it. Now you want to charge $20/year? Not fair to some folks on a limited income 🙁
Update: developers are very responsive to any concerns or issues. I now have the Gaia topo maps back with the saved data. Thanks to you all for a great product that has been so reliable. Customer support is first class!
Great GPS program 5/5
I use Gaia nearly every weekend not only for personal use but also for our search and rescue team. If you’re looking for a great app for navigation, look no further.
Overall quite good, could use a couple improvements 4/5
Gaia GPS has come a long way since I tried using it awhile back. It be my go-to GPS tracker now. The new dark map is really pleasant to use. The app is great for planning trips. Routes can be made easily right from the app.
I’m REALLY hoping they don’t add social media functionally to this app. There are enough GPS trackers with that, and it really degrades the experience and adds bloat. That has already started happening a little bit with the community features they’ve added. Hopefully they don’t take this further. People just want a good, solid tracker!
Apple Health would be a nice integration. The ability to have exercises recorded and see heart rate in the app would be great for hikes and mountain biking.
New Gaia Topo layer is beautiful! 5/5
An already amazing navigation app just got even better with the update to the Gaia Topo later. I only wish the trails were a tad darker to make them pop off of the map/screen more. Is it possible to make this an option? Love what you guys are doing!
Sending me a notification … 1/5
that you released an update to an app that I downloaded to steed at gets you a 1-star rating.
Recent updates super good! 5/5
I have had this app for some time - maybe 4 years? Am a premium subscriber. Always liked it and used quite often in past. I am a map ‘power user’ having used a number of GPS based systems going back to 90s... business travel and pleasure. US and international. This recent update blows the socks off prior versions. Really good. Nice on eyes and easy to use even when using hard.
Get it! You won’t be disappointed.
Gaia UPS is Nothing Less than Terrific 5/5
I use it as my all-purpose tool - the Leatherman of GPS apps - whether I am trying to figure out where to get off the bus at night (Open Street Map), how fast my train is going, or marking routes or points like where on Earth I parked my bicycle when wayfinding in the wilderness (with maps downloaded for off-line use). I find it just as useful as any of the specialized bicycling apps I've tried (though an option to display speed with a larger font would be nice). Buying premium is well worth the $40 / year, as that gets you a vast library of maps for evey purpose.
My go to map app. 5/5
I have been using this app for some 10+ years from everywhere to Sweden to Bolivia to horseback riding in the Wind River in Wyoming. Since I backpack, ride an OHV, and hunt, it has been great for offline and online navigation. Offloading maps is a breeze. I also frequently use its route planning feature for trails to give me a good idea of the distance and elevations change to help prepare me for my backpack trip or hunt. I’ve also recommended this to many of my friends who use it regularly too.
Bloated and declining 2/5
Gais has been my go-to hiking/backpacking app for many years. The best thing about it is that offers past maps that show old roads and trails that other maps don’t. This makes for some great trips off the beaten path.
Unfortunately, despite the app becoming larger and larger, the current maps are becoming more and more out of date. Trails that have been active for the last 20 years are still absent from the map and Gaia seems to think I am hiking in the abyss. Trails that collapsed and/or washed away 2 years ago (and thus no longer exist) still show on the current map. For as large as the app has become and for all they are now charging, the least they could do is keep the current maps current.
Lastly, Gaia has made it a point to disregard the hikers/backpackers that made Gaia what it is today. The app is now targeted to hunters and others that destroy the environment and everything in it and the needs of hikers/backpackers have become a distant second.
All of that said, Gaia is still the best option out there at the moment. However, I don’t know how much longer I will continue to support the app.
Out West 🏔🌵 5/5
By far the best mapping software on the market. I use it backpack, hunting, shed hunting and all my hikes. I’ve mapped over a thousand miles on Gaia, the waypoint feature with photo is by far my most used feature. Where I hike remote backcountry, I run into some amazing things . I waypoint it and off I go. Gaia is my backcountry Journal.
Super amazing app 5/5
By Kami Cartier
It’s working perfectly
Even I used in Airplane
Right speed and altitude
I put this app through the ringer 5/5
GaiaGPS is by far the best GPS app for iOS to date. I have tried countless other GPS apps including those from the “big” companies, and Gaia blows them all away. The map overlaying ability with opacity settings makes creating my bikepacking and bikerafting planning so much easier than before. I was able to identify NFS roads using Gaia that were hard to find on paper maps. Plus Gaia frequently updates the quality and quantity of maps so I always have the most up to date maps on my wrist or in my hand.
Honestly, the watch app has room for improvement. It could be faster and have increased functionality (not as much as the phone, but more than just tracking and map viewing). It’s still not that bad though.
Worth every penny for the annual subscription.
Apple Play is Needed 4/5
I love the app, but needs to work with Apple Play. Need it on the screen while I’m driving.
Don’t go into the wilderness without it 5/5
The new Gaia Topo map is AWESOME!!!!
I’d give 5 stars if there were support for Health Kit.