If you’re looking for an outdoor activity, hiking might be the way to go. If you’re just starting out, you need to know about the trail before you set out.
Hikers like adventure, but they don’t like the adventure that comes from choosing the wrong path. Is it too steep? Is it paved or rocky? What do other hikers recommend? This app called AllTrails has all the answers at the tap of the screen.
For iPhone and Android, AllTrails has everything hikers need. Let’s say you’re starting to hike and need an easy trail. AllTrails uses your location to show you all the trails near you and answers to your important questions. How long is the trail? Is it a loop or does someone need to pick me up at the end? Each trail has an all-paved trail, an all-dirt trail, or a mixture of both. It comes with a description that lists if it exists and how steep it is. An overview of the mountain trail is also provided on a map.
The best way to see the views beforehand is through photos posted by hikers. This app is very popular with hikers, where you can find photos, first-person reviews, and recommendations. You can download a map to track your progress in areas where you don’t have cell phone reception, and get alerts if you deviate from the trail. You’re sure to find trails near you that you didn’t know about.
If you’re planning a vacation and want to find trails in advance, you can search by city to see all the options for your destination. AllTrails has information on over 200,000 trails nationwide.
Requires a $36 annual subscription. Not bad for an avid hiker looking for adventure and avoiding long, pointless walks. You can also access many trail maps and information from his website at AllTrails.