Explore Backpacking Maps and Trails

Carry with you the leading backpacking app for trail maps to plan your next trip like the pros. Easily search for and explore new backpacking trails. Dial in your packing list with precipitation forecasts, wildfire burn zones, and timber-cut overlays at your fingertips. With offline GPS navigation, find your next favorite view just around the bend.

National Geographic Trails Illustrated

Whether you’re a thru-hiker, section hiker, or weekend warrior, National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps will help you plan your next backpacking trip with specialty maps for the John Muir Trail, Colorado Trail, Appalachian Trail, and more.

Detailed Topo Maps and Contour Overlays

Quickly visualize each day's mileage and elevation gain with the Contour Overlay. Plan for resupplies and water carries with detailed topo maps, road crossings, high-resolution satellite imagery, and intuitive tools for designing backpacking routes.

Wilderness Areas and Public Land Overlays

Discover new parks and forests to explore, find dispersed camping, and permitted off-trail hiking with land management boundary maps.

Precipitation, Wildfire, and Timber-cut Overlays

Plan for burn zones, timber cuts, and incoming weather with land-use and forecast overlays. Pack the right gear for any backpacking trip and be better prepared for the terrain ahead.

Membership Pricing

Purchase through gaiagps.com and receive a discount.


  • Record tracks, drop waypoints, plan routes
  • View Gaia Topo map
  • Search known hiking trails


  • Download worldwide maps for outdoor adventures
  • Print maps
  • Many choices of detailed topo & satellite maps


  • NatGeo Trails Illustrated
  • Additional high resolution satellite imagery and specialty maps
  • Customize maps with specialty data
Features Free Member Premium
Organize, save, and share data check check check
Drop waypoints, plan routes, record tracks check check check
Access data in the app and on desktop computer check check check
Distance, speed & elevation stats check check check
Gaia Topo map check check check
Search known hiking trails check check check
Download maps for offline use check check
Print maps check check
Additional detailed topo maps check check
High resolution satellite imagery check check
Specialty maps for Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia check check
Layer multiple maps together check
NatGeo Trails Illustrated check
Backroads Mapbook Canada check
Private & public land overlays to find dispersed camping check
Light pollution overlay check
USFS Recreation Sites check
Weather forecasting check
Wilderness areas overlay check
Wildfire activity check
Timber cut areas check

Discover New Hikes

Sort and filter through a continuously growing list of backpacking and hiking trails, parks, and forests. Easily explore new destinations and access detailed trail information for the best routes in the app or at gaiagps.com/hike.

Get the Best Backpacking App

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