This app is pretty useless. Bunch of paid reviews.
Raising the Bar Again 5/5
Gaia continues to be the best mobile app for anything GPS. Very well done and intuitive.
It is a great map app with many features!
Great for Snowmobiling! 5/5
I use this app for snowmobiling in the Sonora Pass area in the Sierras. Maps and trails are accurate, can be downloaded and used in Airplane Mode using just the GPS. I like being able to see my elevation.
So much better than a handheld 5/5
I’ll gladly pay for annual subscriptions to the GaiaGPS premium app to avoid having to buy an expensive and unfriendly dedicated handheld GPS with a small screen. For hiking in the mountains of North Carolina, where cell signals are hard to come by, all I need is a tough case for my iPhone, cached maps from GaiaGPS, and Airplane Mode. Oh, and paper maps and a compass for backup. I have never been happier with a mobile app.
Good app 4/5
UPDATE: I am very happy to see the developer’s response. It is important to me to see that the developer cares and is working on fixing the issues. I will email the developer with details of the issues I am experiencing shortly. Meanwhile, I wanted to update my review with a few things that I love about Gaia, because I do believe it is a gps app that is worth sticking with.
- Crucial: It has never quit on me in the most important situations. When offline (as long as I remember to download the maps, of course) Gaia has never failed to provide the information that gets me back to civilization.
-I love the fact that I can edit the recorded tracks in case I forget to hit “stop” when I get back to my car. That has happened more times than I am comfortable admitting 😬.
-Even though I don’t use the feature yet, the ability to create folders to file the stuff I save is convenient.
-Gaia has multiple map layers, including a 1930 Topo map. Proves to be useful when looking for old things in the middle of the desert.
-I love the new feature that lets me do more with it when offline (read the recent update info)
-Not entirely sure how that works, but I really appreciate the suggestion names for waypoints I save. For example, if I come across mine remains and go to save the coordinates, Gaia has the mine name on the suggested names. Which enables me to look up information about it when I get back to civilization.
My use of the app is somewhat limited, I just use it to plan my trips and save the coordinates of stuff I find. And the app does a very decent job for me.
OLD: Gaia gps has been with me for a little while and I’ve been happy with it on the trail. (With some updates) I’ve had no complaints. However the inability of Gaia to search correctly is very inconvenient. I can’t search for the places I have saved, half the time when I enter the coordinates and search, the app just doesn’t not respond. This isn’t just an issue of the app, I use the web version to plan for trips and the inability of Gaia to search coordinates (especially decimal degrees, since that’s what google spits out so is convenient!) is a big problem for me.
Without subscription not so useful 2/5
Loaded this and quickly found that there is little use without paying the monthly or annual fee. No access to USGS maps w/o subscribing. Considering the maps are public domain the subscriptions seem steep. Am going to look for something else.
This app Saves your bacon! 5/5
By JH Dietrich
I’ve been using Gaia for around 2 years, and it’s become my right hand man on backcountry outings. This app while being used as a GPS enabled device allows me to navigate efficiently and quickly in the mountains with a high degree of certainty.
It’s easy to use and I love the tracking feature for not only backcountry trips, but also just running around town. I was living in Spain this summer and Gaia worked fantastically all over Europe. During a spontaneous 23 mile run/accidental sufferfest Gaia got me out of a pickle in the Chamonix area because I was able to use a “trail” that was totally unused but showed up.
This app is fantastic, and super customizable. I love it.
A great App to get off the grid 5/5
I’ve been using this app for about 5 years and gotta say this is the best of the best. Record your trek before hand and save it to your device, no signal no problem.
I’m going back to the old version 5/5
I use this app mainly for backcountry skiing. Just updated to the newest version (1.6) and so far so good. I will update with a more detailed review after further field use.
Awesome App 5/5
I use this all the time for snowman the back country and it's really great. Easy to use and very helpful.
Excellent Tracking App 5/5
By IS Gramps
For two years I have used this app for Nordic skiing, biking, hiking and walking. It is far superior to any other GPS app in providing extensive data for post activity analysis of activity, such as elevation gain, moving vs stopped time. It’s especially superior with accuracy of location which is important when in back country woods. My daughter recently switched to it and was equally impressed.
Worth it 5/5
Great app. Worth the money, just remember to download maps before you head into the backcountry.
My go to activity tracking app 5/5
This app is very good
These are the things I like most about it:
1. It is extremely stable. This is important in an activity tracking app. When you’re hiking in the winter and the windchill is -40 you don’t want to have to check on the app to see if it is still running. With Gaia I know it’s still tracking. It has never crashed on me.
2. It is extremely energy efficient. I’ve used a lot of tracking apps. Some will drain your battery too quickly. Gaia has always amazed me. I’ve used it to track 5 hours straight and my phone battery only drops by a few percentage points. Of course if you are constantly checking the map then it will drain faster but that is just the display, out of their control. When the screen is locked it is so efficient it’s amazing.
3. So many map sources. When hiking in the mountains it is very useful to have different maps at your disposal such as satellite maps and topo or contour maps from multiple sources as different sources sometimes have different trails. Gaia provides so many maps, and they are downloadable for offline use.
4. Very good meaningful updates with release notes! Gaia constantly improves and takes advantage of new frameworks and hardware when apple releases them. Continuous improvements are important with software on mobile platforms to maintain stability and Gaia is always on their game.
For years the elevation graph for hikes uphill, for example the base of the mountain is 1200 feet and the summit is 4100 feet, the elevation graph does not work. Sometimes it shows no elevation incline at all, sometimes half of it is filled in, sometimes most of it is filled in. I always create a separate track for my hikes downhill and the downhill hikes always show a perfect elevation profile for the downhill hike. This is a strange bug and I don’t know how it has existed for so many years without being fixed. The elevation graph for these uphill hikes look just fine on the Gaia website. It is only the app that has the problem.
Something that I think can be better:
Speed and elevation graphs that can be interacted with. Like a way pinch to zoom in on the graphs, swiping to scrub forward and backward in time, and maybe a tap and hold gesture on the data line to show the ‘Y’ value at position ‘X’ as you drag your finger along the line so you can really analyze your data later.
Bad*ss App 5/5
This is a very useful tool for any outdoor enthusiast. I used it to determine to put my house on an acreage that was so overgrown I couldn’t walk through it. Based on this map I cut my way to exactly where I needed to be without removing any extra trees used for privacy. It’s great for hinting too! Money well spent!
Great Divide MTB Route 5/5
I’ve used Gaia through Wyoming and Montana on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. It is so good to map each section ahead of time with multiple maps. I can use it when out of cell service and in Airplane mode. I have also used it to mark trails I plan to ride this next summer. Five Stars!!!!!
Excellent for training and planning long trek. 5/5
I started using the app to train for the PCT and I am very happy with its low battery usage and excellent statistics on my hikes.
Gaiagps totally replaces handheld gps! 5/5
By Trail boss girl
The app is super powerful but still easy to use and share. It is a resource for my Trail-riding(horseback) groups and a great way for me to track stats(moving speed/elevation et al). Love it and use on every ride. I have had no problem with impact to iPhone battery life even on 5-6 hr rides.
I mean, why WOULDNT you buy this? 5/5
Do you love to hike but hate safety?
This app has been a staple to our off roading trips. I founded Oc Overland a little less than a year ago and our team has used it ever since. For the price it has been amazing, some people can’t afford to use a dedicated gps system and this is an awesome alternatives. You are able to download maps, track/create routes, waypoints and use specific icons to label everything correctly. There are a few different layers to help plan your trip and see different roads. Everything is precise and you can pinpoint exact locations you need. I highly recommend.
Dog walks 5/5
By OBX BLUEWATER
After moving from a big yard to a townhouse with hardly any yard helped me allow my dog who is family, become obese! I started to walk him and put him on a vet diet. I was told about this app through a friend and it is the greatest app. Not only for my dog walks, now for hikes and honestly numerous other outdoor activities, even work you get such detailed info, picture options, title, date, time, height! Etc.. Get it! You won’t be disappointed! Unless you always are!
Works flawlessly! 5/5
My go to gps app for areas with no signal or hiking. Best for planning, tracking, dropping photos, offline gps, exploring, making memories!! Super easy on battery life.
Would give 4 stars if it was one time payment 2/5
Quite the learning curve. I constantly have to work around small flaws while planning a trip. The makers seem reluctant to improve it as they suggested I buy their other subscription app to plan my trips. The app description says this is for planning trips.
Gouging customers 1/5
By lil' lu lu
I have the old Offline Topo Maps and loved it. It was cheap, worked great and had access to good maps. Gaia's new app costs more and to get more maps you must "subscribe". Even when you do that, the new maps are lower quality. Stay away. There are better options elsewhere. I'm very disappointed
Best Off or Online mapping system for the outdoors. 5/5
I've been using this app for about 9 months or so, and although i am far from being expert on it, given its multitude of capacities, i can tell you that it beats anything out there for the money. I enjoy fishing in remote locations, especially, and this app sets it all up. It's far more intuitive than most with far greater capacities. Thanks!
Nice program 5/5
Great to use. Automatically used different color routes for each day. Easy to see a days ride
Great App! I always download a Topo and Open Hiking HD map before my hikes.
Superb GPS; awesome support 5/5
I use this on an iPhone 7 for backpacking. It works flawlessly. Easily handles 3-day, 2-night trips without a recharge of the iPhone battery (mostly in Airplane mode). I’ve had this app for years (using it with prior iPhones) and the developer support and continued improvements are unparalleled. Best app I’ve ever purchased for my iPhone, by far. In my backpack this app replaced a Garmin GPSmap 60csx handheld unit. I am not affiliated with the developer or any of its employees, and I paid full price for the app.
My go to app for hiking 5/5
By DTL in The Fort
I’ve been using this app for about three years now and have not been disappointed by it. Ease of use, excellent features, wide choices of map overlays, the ability to add photographs to the route, the flexibility of changing the icon for the waypoints, etc. etc. make this a must-have app for the outdoor enthusiast.
Really good just missing stand-alone Apple Watch usage 4/5
I like the app a lot. It works very well when paired with a phone. The one downfall is the lack of being able to track a route with solely the use of the new cellular Apple Watch. I would love to leave my phone in the truck and look back later at my route.
I love Gaia GPS 5/5
I don’t often need/want GPS data, so buying a GPS device seemed like a spendy waste of money and another thing to carry around and keep charged. I think it is way cool to have GPS capability in something I already carry around most days. Gaia GPS does what I need, recording routes traveled, mostly. The maps are small on my iPhone SE, but they are larger on an iPad. And I have made use of the ability to export routes for viewing on Google Earth.
Better than Garmin 5/5
Been using this app on 14er hikes in Colorado. Not 100% accurate. Tested it multiple times against Garmin topo/location devices and this app is way more accurate. I keep an extra battery pack with me on hikes but even in -5 degree winter temps over 16-20 hour hikes, this app doesn’t completely drain my phone’s battery with it constantly running in the background while taking video and pictures. Totally worth the $$!
A literal lifesaver when you’re out in the wild. Just this winter, alone in a snowstorm, I couldn’t see more than 100 feet ahead of me. This app helped direct me to the quickest alternative trail out of the storm and back home to my wife.
It’s very accurate, and full of information. As with any GPS tracker, it gobbles up battery, so I pull it out only occasionally, like I would a compass & map years ago.
I find it to be too complicated even after watching you tube videos! Hard to get around in...
The #1 hiking gps. 5/5
This app is an amazing hiking gps. Not only does it have dotted lines that follow pretty much every known hike that I have been on around San Diego, Yosemite, Zion, Joshua Tree, Kaua‘i, Seattle, Columbia River Gorge, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, etc. I have also used it for planning out and following my tracks on many hikes that have no trail, such as waterfalls that nobody knows about that I find on google earth then plot waypoints on Gaia.
I have had the itch to buy a dedicated handheld gps multiple times, but every time after doing some research, I find that they don’t compare to Gaia.
I have used this app as my main hiking GPS for 3 years, and it has never let me down.
Best hiking app ever 5/5
As a life long hiker I have tried every new technology/app for hiking. This app is hands down the most accurate, uses very little battery and has great integration into my Apple Watch (highly suggest getting an Apple watch to make the experience even better). Each update just keeps getting better. You won’t be disappointed.
Great for Jeep 5/5
LOVE this app. Fantastic for exploring and documenting what I find. Easy to share routes and coordinate group trips.
Love the versatility 5/5
I primarily use this for hunting. It’s great to download imagery and use offline. I pack.p my iPhone around, so no need for a standalone GPS now. Saves weight, plus I have a large screen. I enjoy the seamless transfer of tracks and whatnot to my iPad when I’m back in WiFi or cell range. Would be nice for them to communicate via Bluetooth though.
The ownership map available with premium service is very helpful.
Really like this app 5/5
I use it all the time when I am hiking or backpacking.
Best gps app 5/5
By mtn hiker799279
Downloaded the app and after a few hikes it quickly become my go to app for all my outdoor adventures!
No need for a Garmin! 5/5
By Jordan Finke
This app is amazing for riding snowmobile and giving you statistics on how long you were riding, how long you were stopped, mapping your trails, and making waypoints so you can remember those sweet hill climb spots. Especially offline/no service!!!
If you aren't happy with the sattilite imagery they have a hidden one under premium maps by ESRI which is amazing in rural Alaska!
My only issue with the app as it stands right now is that on the iPhone X, you can't crop a track as the save button is under the iPhones top status bar, so then you have to force quit the app, which they have an update coming out soon for.
Not much more than OSM 1/5
There really isn’t anything other than OSM data in this app.
Great app but search function works best in portrait mode 4/5
By Jo in Wisc
Gaia is a great hiking app but please fix the search function. A few letters are typed in and the drop down list appears. You cannot type more letters to make that list more concise. You cannot get out of the list. You have to close Gaia and start over.
For such a great app the search feature should function better.
January 17 update: I appreciate the fast response from the developer providing info about the app search functions that I had previously found. But you must be in portrait mode for the search function to work correctly. Suggest either rework search function to also work in landscape mode or include that limitation in help info.
Still the best hiking GPS app available
Great Support Team 5/5
Whenever I have a question it has been answered in short order. I love this app!
Best mapping app for off-road 5/5
By J. Castle Clark
I have been using Gaia GPS for almost 4 years now at the time of this writing. I have tried every paid GPS app, and still none have outperformed Gaia GPS in any aspect. Powerful features for planning and organizing as well as navigating, such as access to many different types of high quality maps, automated route drawing, automatic route map area downloads, and of course route and waypoint importing, exporting, and organization within folders. This is by far, the best mapping app for off-road exploration.
Possible Bug on iPhone X UI running iOS 11.2.1 3/5
When I attempt to crop a recorded track, there is no button (visible) to finish the cropping or go back to previous menu. I have to close the app to return to main menu.
Good stuff 5/5
By Jello jeep
A little bit of a learning curve- but thus far the only app that shows actual 24k todo details. Bravo!
Also fast response to question posted on their website. Keep up the good work!
Crashes upon startup 1/5
Can't even open the app 😰
By Eyedoc 27
I’m blown away by what you can do with the premium version. If you are interested in visiting the national parks then this is a no brainer. You can view what mile you are on in the river or on the trail. Great App!
Old Maps 3/5
I really like the app. I’ve had it for 12 months now. The most significant issue I have is outdated maps. For example: With Google Maps or my Hunt Stand App which uses Google Maps, it shows a property that I use that’s been clear cut. With the Gaia Sat Maps is still shows it with trees. Well, it was cut 22 months ago.