Coverage and Map Definition 5/5
By D E King
I am extremely happy with the quality of maps and that I can use the app everywhere without loss.
Will become GREAT with Apple CarPlay support! 5/5
This app is on the verge of becoming legendary in my book! Once they get Apple CarPlay support they will have achieved that level!
The app itself is okay.
But It’s a shame to be calling you App Gaia and be pro hunting.
The last thing hikers want is to be on the same path as a hunter, so do animals.
Killing animals for sports is the opposite of what our planet needs.
Now I’m just going to ditch this app and stay with ViewRanger or Hiking project that work better.
The Best Hiking Companion 5/5
By American Hip-fan
I use this everywhere... local parks, wilderness, even in Costa Rica. Always great, never glitches, and absolutely indidpensible.
By Marin Hiker
This is the app for hiking that I have always wanted to fine. I’m just using the free version and I find that it’s distance and altitude gain are wonderfully accurate, which is more than I can say for other apps. I also really appreciate the altitude profile and time/speed data. Best of all is the ability to name and save hiked routes. I feel very sorry for those people who cannot figure out how to use it as it doesn’t get easier than this.
Not accurate what’s going on? 1/5
Sitting in a chair and it’s counting as I’m walking??? I hiked 2.5 miles and rested for 10 min and now it says 3.5 and counting. Is this using gps or is it programmed to count miles based on time elapsed??? I don’t get it. Needs to be fixed ASAP!!!
Great in Costa Rica! 5/5
By Dave Ahlers
I’ve been a regular user hiking in the Pacific Northwest, but recently had a chance to use it on a hike in Costa Rica. It’s difficult to impossible to find topo maps anywhere in the country, there are very few actual trails which means a lot of bushwhacking, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Gaia had topo maps in enough detail that we could navigate without getting lost. There were moments where we had no indication of direction or where we were other than from the GPS due to the dense jungle.
Easily one of the best. 5/5
Title says it all. I’ve had a subscription for a couple of years now and never regret it. The overlays are invaluable to planning and route finding/making. Seriously download it and pay for the extras. All the way worth it.
Used all the time to hike Colorado 14ers 5/5
Easy to import GPX files fine 14ers.com. Throw phone in airplane mode and then confident using Gaia to do my long hikes.
LOVE but map names are confusing 4/5
This is really a fantastic app! The only area of opportunity is making the names of the different maps easier to understand and differentiate. They have similar names and I have a hard time remembering which is which.
Dependable and easy 5/5
By Mike Gion
World Class 5/5
By Joe Straight
Best GPS and mapping application.
Can’t figure out how to use this for off road. It shows hiking. Premium talks about everything but off road. The App Store says it covers this but I guess it’s misleading.
No cell service, no problem 5/5
By Trackin' Alaska
This app has become my go to GPS, even replacing my trusty Garmin. I can’t say enough about it. You can pre-download your maps, so no cell service is even needed, it just works off of satellites. You can alter the downloaded map’s file size too by determining how much you want to zoom in. You can back up/sync your trips as well. My buddies who have GPS’s are amazed by this app and have jumped on board. I use it for snowmobiling, fishing, backcountry alpine hikes, ATV trips, etc. I carry a portable USB battery charger too though I keep my phone in airplane mode the whole time in the backcountry to preserve battery (and yes, satellites and tracking still works, just make sure you enable it).
Best GPS App 5/5
Love this app! It has been the most useful hiking navigation aid for us whether in Dolly Sods in West Virginia or Joshua Tree California!
Confusing payment levels 4/5
Gaia is a great map app. I’m paying for a basic membership and see a minor improvement over the free version. But it is an improvement so I’m not complaining. It’s easy to understand there are 3 levels of membership but I found it difficult to understand exactly what features are unlocked with each membership. For example, overlays, the feature I most desired, is no available in the basic membership. If it’s affordable for you, I would advise you to purchase the “premium membership” to remove any limitations. I wish I could clearly display the features for each membership in this review. If the premium membership’s cost is a barrier for you. You should chat with Gaia support before you buy to know which membership is right for you before you spend money.
Great Tracking App 5/5
I use this app when snowmobiling in the back country, it is extremely accurate and has kept my group from getting lost multiple times. I use it every ride.
Just keeps getting better. 5/5
As a hiker, XC skier, and sea kayaker, I use a lot of maps and charts. I’ve taught Becoming an Outdoor Woman classes in map/compass/GPS for Fish and Wildlife Department. Gaia is my “Go To” app for navigation - but I still carry paper map/chart and compass.
The ability to pick the best map source - and even layer them if you have premium subscription - then download only what I need, is outstanding.
They have knowledgeable and patient support. And they balance bug fixes and features so there is something for everyone; not just premium members.
We provide services to 100’s of hunters from printed maps to landowner tags. When one of our customers needs assistance staying on public hunting ground and off private we always suggest Gaia mapping as the best source to use for their smart phone mapping needs. We always recommend the app from Gaia maps. For me personally it has better functionality when you’re off grid or out of the service area than other apps. Works great for hunters all of my guides use Gaia, you can get the various layers showing property type boundaries (private, US Forest, BLM, Reservation, State,National Monument etc.) They offer big game unit maps and loads of other layers we’re almost to any occasion outdoors. Gaia also provides tons of data and user friendly features for sportsman, cyclist, hikers and outdoor adventurist. Jimmy H.
Best maps for hiking 5/5
By Erbear boo
This is our go to app for hiking maps. We love being able to download areas ahead of time when we are not in cell service.
Great App! 5/5
By Wags 87
I have the premium version and I use it for everything from hiking trails to motor vehicle use. I am in Law Enforcement in a rural county and I have used it to get air medivac helicopters to the site of a crash on 4x4 trails. Thank you.
New user but so far pretty impressed. 4/5
By Garythe starman
Learning the interface on the iPhone - and understanding how to use the computer and iPhone for different tasks to power up all the features has taken some work. The Gaia articles you can access help with that.
The Gaia navigation so far has been the best I’ve ever used and it’s put Garmin to shame. Even the premium service Gaia sells is half the price of a Garmin map chip. The way Gaia shares the data between platforms is far more seamless and easier to use - and manipulate - than the interface between my Garmin 64st and the basecamp software.
For me, the best part is I can use Gaia without cell service. I’ve tested it: it works... (I think you need the basic membership for that) I still carry the Garmin for backup but haven’t needed it.
I have way more to learn with this software but I’ll invest the time. I recommend starting with the free service and then upgrading to the basic membership.
By they call me Homer
I find this app amazing you can use this map from worldwide hiking to driving and believe it or not, I actually made a track in a airplane it showed the track including the speed!!
Thank you Gaia, keep up the good work!! 👍👍
Great detail yet simple to use. 5/5
You get so used to map programs that come with your phone but then you are stuck when you have no cell coverage. The fact that it is a GPS tracker is just what I wanted. The detail is great.
Very stable app with great possibilities 4/5
This app is very reliable, and I’m excited to see what they have coming out next.
I have noticed that since I upgraded the app to premium the gps bounces off random areas. For example it showed my location off by a mile. It isn’t a serious issue if I know the area well enough to crop the track. With that being said, if I was in a serious situation I wouldn’t be in the area the gps says I am. All in all, I love the app and will continue to recommend it to others.
Great for Hiking 5/5
This is a great App for hiking with just a few bugs. One bug that I have encountered is linking a photo in my photo library with a waypoint. GAIA GPS brings up my photos for a specifiy waypoint but doesn’t use a photo that I tap on.
Lacks basic functionality; expensive subscription model 1/5
By anon was taken
I’d be fine paying $20/year for an app that was actually useful. Sure, you can download your gpx track into the app and view it on the map, but how useful is only that?
Can you view the elevation profile? No.
Can you see where you are on the elevation profile (so you can also easily determine miles to go)? Of course not, because there is no elevation profile!
What’s the point of this app when you can just get the USGS topos and see where you are on them with many other free apps?
App works great for me.
Best backpacking map! 5/5
I have used this app solely for backpacking. I don’t take my Garmin anymore. It is a very easy app to use. Detailed maps and accurate! It doesn’t have an electronic compass but I didn’t use that feature all that often.
Great app 5/5
Love the way the app works. Would like to see it easier to start and stop a track. That would help a lot!!
Awesome app 5/5
I'm safer in the back country with this app!!!
My friends are all using it now as well and it is easier for us to communicate where we are hunting..
Not sure what the hype is 1/5
By Me, my, mine.
Just bought a premium subscription. After playing around on the app, I am left completely unimpressed. Can’t even download a regular topo map for a large area (less than the size of Phoenix) that I will be off-roading for a few days. The app only lets you download 100k tiles, which is next to nothing.
Navigating the app is not even user-friendly. For way less topo maps is much better app, you just have to know how to use/read maps. This app is not worth $20, much less the $40 they charge for premium. I am going to ask for money back, especially since I have no intention of ever using it.
Awesome app 5/5
By Xpedition America
Awesome app and it has served me well on many remote locations
Difficult to use 1/5
By New screen prob
When you try to get driving directions it wands you to your normal map. Why did I pay for that?
Almost perfect 4/5
By Michael 7592
I’m a premium member and use Gaia GPS primarily on iPad. I’m still hoping for 2 changes to be implemented, 1) in app map legends and 2) fix the iOS Split View multitasking support so it is actually useable. Would be 5 stars then.
Lake Huron has Vanished! 3/5
I absolutely love this app, and use it often. One big bug exists that I notified the developer about months ago still remains: when zooming around Lake Michigan disappears and Michigan and Canada are one land mass.
Please fix this!! Otherwise, awesome app. Thanks!
THE app for backcountry touring 5/5
Downloadable caltopo slope-angle analysis makes this app indispensible as a safety tool when skiing in the backcountry, this premium feature is worth every penny. Phone GPS is reliable even when there is no cell service, and this app allows you to pin-point your relation to potentially dangerous slopes when far from cell range. Layer in satellite imagery on a nat geo topo map and you really can truth whats around you. Amazing tool
Great app. 5/5
Use it on backcountry trails every time. Really helped us from getting lost on the Mojave trail.
Not reliable 2/5
This supposedly is supposed to work without cell service but I’m doubting it. I did a short 3 mile hike today and tried to track using this app, it dropped the gps signal over a dozen times so I suspect the tracking is off. Glad I got this subscription as a gift and didn’t have to pay for it.
Lol best gps I used - better than dedicated gps devices 5/5
By Down river girl
Been using this app for several years. I pay for the annual subscription and it’s worth every penny. I use this app for trail running and backpacking mainly. I have and iPhone and when out in spotty cell service areas I turn my phone on airplane mode and this app works great as long as you have the maps downloaded earlier. Having the gps app on the phone gives you the modern touch screen and convince that the other dedicated devices (garmin) are still struggling to replicate. The phone is something I already have and the battery in my iPhone last a long time. I also like being able to use the app on my computer and plot/estimate plan hikes and runs. It will give you distance and elevation which are things I like to know before going out on long runs in areas I never been. I can’t say enough great things about this app, it’s great!
Gaia Professional 4/5
By Love Gaia
You need to create a Gaia professional program so people that do this for a living can print large high resolution custom maps. What I can print off my screen is worthless even for a day trip. Don’t get me wrong, I love Gaia but I would pay more for a better computer software.
Very handy 5/5
Great for keeping track of hiking routes. Also helpful for marking locations such as property corners and determining the Lat-Long coordinates for those points.
Perfect for hiking in US and Europe. 5/5
Everywhere I go it seems the maps include every little road and trail with very accurate tracking of my position.
Tremendous App! 5/5
Have been using gaia gps for about a week or so and really enjoy the program. There’s a learning curve . . . but it’s well worth the time spent. I’m actually planning day trips for both motorcycling & hiking for this spring & summer.
Having the maps on my phone & available to use do what you want or need is huge! The ease of plotting waypoints & linking them with photos and notes is very helpful too. This app does a lot of things that google maps & Waze can not.
Definitely looking forward to using this more after winter rolls by.
Great alternative to Rever!
Subscription fees for downloading free maps 2/5
By Imagination to reality
Regardless of which pay option you choose Gaia is charging you to download free maps like OpenStreetMap. Not all maps are free of course and software maintenance and updates needs to be paid for. Gaia needs to better describe what they are charging for.
I like this app! 5/5
This is a very good app. What would make it great would be more and older historical maps!
Love this app 5/5
Especially love the property ownership and mountain tops. I just wish the property ownership also provided the parcel number with the property owner information.